Five Directors

Auteurism from Assayas to Ozon

Edited by Kate Ince

Five Directors

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8641-0
  • Pages: 168
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: November 2011
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Films, cinema, Plays, playscripts, DRAMA / European / General
  • Series: French Film Directors Series


Auteurism - the idea that a director of a film is its source of meaning and should retain creative control over the finished product - has been one of film studies' most important paradigms ever since the French New Wave of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the adoption of the term 'auteur' by Andrew Sarris.

Through the popular, controversial and critically acclaimed films of Olivier Assayas, Jacques Audiard, the Dardenne brothers, Michael Haneke and François Ozon, this book looks into how the meaning of 'auteur' has changed over this half-century, and assesses the current state of Francophone auteur cinema. It combines French philosophical and sociological approaches with methodologies from the Anglo-American fields of gender studies, queer theory and postmodernism.

This volume will be of interest to researchers and students of film studies, European cinema and French and Francophone studies, as well as to film enthusiasts.


Kate Ince is Reader in French Film and Gender Studies at the University of Birmingham.


Series Editors' Foreword
Introduction - Kate Ince
1 Olivier Assayas and The Cinema af Catastrophe - Paul Sutton
2 Jacques Audiard: Contesting Filiations - Julia Dobson
3 Ethics in The Ruin of Politics: The Dardenne Brothers - Martin O'shaughnessy
4 Close Encounters with Distant Suffering: Michael Haneke's Disarming Visions - Libby Saxton
5 François Ozon's Cinema of Desire - Kate Ince
Conclusion - Kate Ince

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