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Henri-Georges Clouzot$
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Christopher Lloyd

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719070143

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719070143.001.0001

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Clouzot and the cinema

Clouzot and the cinema

(p.1) 1 Clouzot and the cinema
Henri-Georges Clouzot

Christopher Lloyd

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines in the broad context Clouzot and his cinema, situating him in the wider context of French history and cinema in the mid-twentieth century. The chapter explores the forces, personal, political and social, that shaped his career as a filmmaker. It also highlights the extent to which his films propose a consistent, personal vision, and the way they reflect the important social and aesthetic changes of his time. Furthermore, it explores the question of whether Clouzot qualifies as an auteur, as an original and innovative creator, or whether he was essentially a technically brilliant craftsman, a skilled manipulator of audiences, who produced a series of arresting genre films. Finally, it asks if his films were influenced in any way by the rise of the New Wave of French directors and critics from the late 1950s, or was it that they remained rooted in what some hostile commentators saw as a conventional and stultifying classicism.

Keywords:   Clouzot, cinema, filmmaker, personal vision, skilled manipulator, artist

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