Abstract Though virtually unknown in America, Bruno Dumont is among France's most provocative young directors. Using his award-winning first feature as a case study, this essay analyzes Dumont's deconstruction of commercial cinema, denial of the complacent pleasure it offers spectators, and transformation of the viewing experience into an ethical challenge.
The Life of Jesus (La Vie de Jéésus)
Brett Bowles is Assistant Professor of French at Iowa State University. He recently completed a cultural history of Marcel Pagnol's rural films from the 1930s, and is developing a second book on newsreels, politics, and public opinion in France during the Second World War.
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Brett Bowles; The Life of Jesus (La Vie de Jéésus). Film Quarterly 1 January 2004; 57 (3): 47–55. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2004.57.3.47
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