L994 Fall 2018 Luc Besson and the French Cinema Du Look Movement
Monday, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 29
Instructor: Patricia Means
Coordinator: Barbara Wilan
Besson has been praised as the “most Hollywood” of French film directors, writers, and producers. His skill in refining and revolutionizing action film is apparent most recently in his 2014 film Lucy, and one critic noted that Besson could always dramatize the struggle of his characters in “...a conscientious resistance to human degradation.” As an action director of over 50 movies, he features spectacle over narrative and is admired for his skillfully choreographed chase sequences. Bresson is still continually cited by film critics for his visual style, coined “du look,” and his association with the French New Wave. His movies include The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, La Femme Nikita, and The Fifth Element. This class presentation and discussion will examine some of his earliest work as well as his more mainstream feature films with clips from his films.
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