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Francois Ozon

Francois Ozon

Thibaut Schilt
Copyright Date: 2011
Pages: 208
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    Francois Ozon
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    In just over a decade, Francois Ozon has earned an international reputation as a successful and provocative filmmaker. A student of Eric Rohmer and Jean Douchet at the prestigious Femis, Ozon made a number of critically acclaimed shorts in the 1990s and released his first feature film Sitcom in 1998. Two additional shorts and eleven feature films have followed, including international successes 8 femmes and Swimming Pool and more recent releases such as Angel, Ricky, and Le refuge. Ozon's originality lies in his filmmaking style, which draws on familiar cinematic traditions (the crime thriller, the musical, the psychological drama, the comedy, the period piece) but simultaneously mixes these recognizable genres and renders them unfamiliar. Despite tremendous diversity in cinematic choices, Ozon's oeuvre is surprisingly consistent in its desire to blur the traditional frontiers between the masculine and the feminine, gay and straight, reality and fantasy, auteur and commercial cinema. _x000B__x000B_Thibaut Schilt provides an overview of Francois Ozon's career to date, highlighting the director's unrestrained, voracious cinephilia, his recurrent collaborations with women screenwriters and actresses, and the trademarks of his cinema including music, dance, and the clothes that accompany these now typically Ozonian episodes. Schilt contextualizes Ozon's filmmaking within the larger fields of French filmmaking and international queer cinema, and he discusses several major themes running through Ozon's work, including obsessions with inadequate fathers, various types of mourning, and a recurring taste for "the foreign." The volume also includes an insightful interview with the director.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09304-3
    Subjects: Film Studies

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface and Acknowledgements
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. The Fabric of Desire
    (pp. 1-154)

    When François Ozon’s full-length film Sitcom débuted in 1998, he had already earned a solid reputation as a talented and innovative short film director. In 1996 the fifteen-minute Une robe d’été (A Summer Dress) received awards at festivals in Brest, Grenoble, Pantin, Dublin, Geneva, Los Angeles, and Locarno; was shown at the Cannes film festival; and earned a nomination for a César (France’s equivalent of the Oscar). That same year, one commentator wrote, speaking of Ozon and fellow filmmaker Laurent Cantet: “Any informed film festival organizer would bet his mother’s life on the cinematic future of these two” (Malandrin 12)....

  5. An Interview with François Ozon
    (pp. 155-168)

    Paris, October 6, 2009

    Thibaut schilt: Is your latest film, Le refuge [Hideaway, 2009], the third part of a “trilogy on mourning” of which Sous le sable and Le temps qui reste are the first two installments?

    François ozon: I hadn’t thought of that, but it is true that this is yet another story about mourning, though a bit special because it is the story of a young woman who is a drug addict, along with her boyfriend. One day they both overdose, and when she wakes up she learns that her boyfriend is dead and that she is pregnant...

  6. Filmography
    (pp. 169-180)
  7. Bibliography
    (pp. 181-190)
  8. Index
    (pp. 191-196)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 197-198)