Bertrand Blier

By Sue Harris

Bertrand Blier

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5297-2
  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £10.99
  • Published Date: August 2001
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film scripts & screenplays, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Film history, theory & criticism, Film scripts & screenplays, Film and Media
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


The most complete study of Blier's work to date, Harris traces the director's career from the early 1960s until the present. Outlines the forms, themes and style which dominate in Blier's work, and challenges the many labels that have been used to describe both the corpus of films and the man himself. Provides an original and controversial discussion of Blier's alleged 'misogyny', and invites the reader to understand the scatological and corporeal aspects of Blier's filmmaking in terms of long-established traditions of popular dramatic culture. Brings to light the comic mechanisms underpinning Blier's films and identifies strategies which navigate through one of the most entertaining and disconcerting bodies of work of recent years. The first book on Blier published in English.


List of Plates
Series Editors' Foreward
1. 'L'impossible Monsieur B.B.'
2. A Cinema of the Absurd
3. Festive Madness: the carnival as structuring motif
4. Bending gender
5. A farewell to arms: Blier's 'second career'
Select bibliography


Sue Harris is Lecturer in French at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

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