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Abel Ferrara

Abel Ferrara

Nicole Brenez
Translated from the French by Adrian Martin
Copyright Date: 2007
Pages: 232
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    Abel Ferrara
    Book Description:

    In this concise study, Nicole Brenez argues for Abel Ferrara's place in a line of grand inventors who have blurred distinctions between industry and avant-garde film, including Orson Welles, Monte Hellman, and Nicholas Ray. Rather than merely reworking genre film, Brenez understands Ferrara's oeuvre as formulating new archetypes that depict the evil of the modern world. Focusing as much on the human figure as on elements of storytelling, she argues that films such as Bad Lieutenant express this evil through visionary characters struggling against the inadmissible (inadmissible behavior, morality, images, and narratives).

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09619-8
    Subjects: Philosophy

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  4. A Cinema of Negation
    (pp. 1-164)

    Abel Ferrara is to cinema what Joe Strummer is to music: a poet who justifies the existence of popular forms. Without them, the genre film or the pop song would be no more than objects of cultural consumption. In this material world run on injustice and terror, where “popular” is confused with “industrial,” any cultural expression that does not hurl an angry cry or wail a song of mad love (often one and the same) merely collaborates in the regulation and preservation of this world. Is Ferrara, along with Jim Jarmusch, Tsui Hark, and Kinji Fukasaku, right to (even accidentally)...

  5. An Interview with Abel Ferrara
    (pp. 165-172)

    The following is the transcription of a question-and-answer session following a screening of’R Xmasat the Cinémathèque Française in Paris on 9 April 2003. Ferrara appeared with his producer and frequent collaborator, Frank DeCurtis. Jean-François Rauger is the director of the Programation Department.

    Abel ferrara: All right, so, I hope everyone enjoyed the film. So, speak, talk, somebody …

    Jean-françois rauger: May I start? I think that the film is very close toBad Lieutenant, because it’s about good and evil, and the fact that you may do wrong things, but you cannot know that you are wrong. Am...

  6. Filmography
    (pp. 173-192)
  7. Bibliography
    (pp. 193-198)
  8. Index
    (pp. 199-210)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 211-215)