Mathieu Kassovitz

By Will Higbee

Mathieu Kassovitz

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7147-8
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £12.99
  • Published Date: February 2007
  • BIC Category: The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / General, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Individual film directors, film-makers, Film and Media
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


Mathieu Kassovitz is arguably the most important filmmaker to have emerged from French cinema in the past two decades. As a director, his work often engages with highly controversial socio-political issues whilst still managing to attract and connect with a popular audience - and, above all, with a youth audience.

He is also one of the few contemporary French filmmakers who is capable of productively engaging with Hollywood, in terms of cinematic style, narrative and genre, yet still retaining his own identity as a French filmmaker. In addition to his directorial successes, Kassovitz has also achieved considerable critical and commercial success in France as a screen actor.

His films - whether directed by or acted in, or both - show an astonishing variety, from his early Métisse (1993), his break-through, La Haine (1995) through to Jeunet's Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2000), Astérix et Obélix: Mission Cléopatre (2002) and Gothika (2003).

Will Higbee's study is the first to explore of one of the most fascinating characters in French cinema.


List of plates
Series Editors' foreword
1. The Popular polemicist
2. Social struggles in the popular sphere
3. Postmodern social fables
4. Interfacing with Hollywood
5. Kassovitz: the actor/auteur
Select bibliography


Will Higbee teaches in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter

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