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Julien Duvivier$
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Ben McCann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091148

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091148.001.0001

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Introduction: we need to talk about Julien

Introduction: we need to talk about Julien

(p.1) Introduction: we need to talk about Julien
Julien Duvivier

Ben McCann

Manchester University Press

When the French cinema dies, it might do worse than find his [Duvivier’s] name written across its retina.

(Alistair Cooke 1971: 125)

No one speaks of Julien Duvivier without apologising.

(Dudley Andrew 1997: 283)

Once upon a time, Julien Duvivier (1896–1967) was considered one of the world’s great film directors. He was beloved by Orson Welles, Rouben Mamoulian, Frank Capra, and John Ford, while Ingmar Bergman once admitted that, of all the careers that he would have liked to have had, it would be Duvivier’s. The English novelist Graham Greene, in a much-quoted article from 1938, rated Duvivier and Fritz Lang as ‘the two greatest fiction directors still at work’ (1972: 195). ...

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