- Format: eBook
- ISBN: 978-1-8477-9619-6
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Published Date: July 2013
- BIC Category: The arts / Individual film directors, film-makers, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, PERFORMING ARTS / Individual Director, Film history, theory & criticism, Individual film directors, film-makers, Film and Media
- Series: French Film Directors Series
Despite his controversial reputation and international notoriety as a film-maker, no full-length study of Clouzot has ever been published in English. This book offers a significant revaluation of Clouzot's achievement, situating his career in the wider context of French cinema and society, and providing detailed and clear analysis of his major films (Le Corbeau, Quai des Orfèvres, Le Salaire de la peur, Les Diaboliques, Le Mystère Picasso).
Clouzot's films combine meticulous technical control with sardonic social commentary and the ability to engage and entertain a broad public. Although his films are characterised by an all-controlling perfectionism, allied to documentary veracity and a disturbing bleakness of vision, Clouzot is well aware that his is an art of illusion. His fondness for anatomising social pretence, the deception, violence and cruelty practised by individuals and institutions, drew him repeatedly to the thriller as a convenient and compelling model for plots and characters, but his source texts and the usual conventions of the genre receive distinctly unconventional treatment.
1. Clouzot and the cinema
2. Occupation and its discontents
3. Reconstruction and retribution: Clouzot's post-war films
4. Beyond genre: Le Salaire de la peur
5. Suspense and surveillance: Les Diaboliques and Les Espions
6. Filming Picasso and Karajan
7. The final films
Christopher Lloyd is Professor of French at Durham University