Leos Carax

By Fergus Daly and Garin Dowd

Leos Carax

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6315-2
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £12.99
  • Published Date: October 2003
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film scripts & screenplays, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Film and Media
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


The first book in any language to study the films of this enfant terrible of contemporary French cinema, best known for his film Les Amants du Pont Neuf. Examines key ingredients in the worlds of Carax's films - Paris, pop music, 'flânerie' and 'amour fou', 'mannerist' and 'neo-baroque' aesthetics, the Nouvelle Vague and contemporary 'naturalist' cinema - making the book a good primer of contemporary French film and culture. Draws on a variety of intellectual sources, such as the philosophy of Deleuze, film criticism, theory of art, and literary monographs. Argues that the recent history of maverick mannerist and baroque auteurs, from Ruiz & Rivette to Garrel and Techine, and their explorations of the 'powers of the false' are key to Carax's cinema. Examines Carax's contribution to the strand of cinema which is focused on chance and destiny, from Wong Kar-Wai and David Lynch to films such as Serendipity and Sliding doors.


List of plates
Series editors' foreword
Introduction: Genesis of Carax's system
1. A pierrot apart; 'Boy Meets Girl' (1984), 'Mauvais Sang' (1986) and the nouvelle vague inheritance
2. 'Feux d'artifice:'Les Amants du Pont-Neuf'' (1991) and the spectacle of vagrancy
3. Carax's ambiguities: 'Pola X' (1999), naturalism, Melville


Fergus Daly is a freelance writer and academic and is the co-director of the documentary film 'Abbas Kiarostami: The Art of Living'. Garin Dowd is Principal Lecturer in Critical Theory and Film in the London College of Music and Media at Thames Valley University in London

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