Robert Guédiguian

By Joseph Mai

Robert Guédiguian


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6397-4
  • Pages: 168
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: August 2022
  • BIC Category: Literature, Film history, theory & criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, The arts / Films, cinema, The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, The arts / Film theory & criticism, Film and Media
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


Intervening at the crossroads of philosophy, politics, and cinema, this book argues that the career of Robert Guédiguian is the result of one of the most original and coherent projects in contemporary French cinema: to make a committed, historically-conscious cinema, in a local space, over a long period of time, but most especially with friends.

The account starts with in-depth consideration of friendship and its relation to philosophy, politics, time, and space. The book chronologically traces this project as it begins in Guédiguian's hometown, the Communist-leaning Marseille. It further unfolds through the political transformations of the 1980s Left and the local activism and utopias of the 1990s, and spreads into Guédiguian's varied explorations of genre and register. Close analysis is accompanied with historical and social contextualization, but also with a consistent return to the underlying, radical and philosophically rich project.


'With the excellence of his scholarship, his judicious but accessible use of theory, his thorough knowledge of context and his careful eye for detail, Mai has written a book that will be a key reference on the director for years to come.'
Martin O'Shaughnessy, Nottingham Trent University, H-France Review, Vol. 18 (January 2018), No. 24


1. Living with friends
2. Fragile friendships: films of the 1980s
3. Crossing every barrier: the decade of the conte de l'Estaque
4. Themes and variation: films since 2000
5. Conclusion: another cinema - a project in time
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Joseph Mai is Professor of French at Clemson University

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