Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Screening the Paris suburbsFrom the silent era to the 1990s$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Derek Schilling and Philippe Met

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526106858

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526106858.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use (for details see www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 14 December 2018

Towers of evil: Jean-Claude Brisseau

Towers of evil: Jean-Claude Brisseau

Chapter:
(p.190) 14 Towers of evil: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Source:
Screening the Paris suburbs
Author(s):

David Vasse

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526106858.003.0015

Jean-Claude Brisseau’s early forays into filmmaking were inseparable from the social milieu he knew best, the blighted world of the social housing projects surrounding Paris and the particular institutions, formal or informal, that shape the prospects of French youth in particular. In the space of a decade, from the late 1970s to the year of the release of De Bruit et de fureur, Brisseau crafted a metaphysical approach to suburban existence that bears witness to the delinquency, disquiet and dereliction that parch the imaginary. Beneath the despoiled surface of ordinary things, the director consistently unveils a maleficent, almost supernatural essence that compounds the suffering of the human animal. Youth who routinely strive for transcendence, or simply for the right to receive an education, are brought to the brink of crisis. Focusing on violent death in La Vie comme ça (1978), on the instrumentalisation of relationships in L’Échangeur (1981) and on the Shakespearean vision informing De Bruit et de fureur (1988), the author paints a portrait of a humanity torn between elevation and despoilment, between nothingness and the light.

Keywords:   violence, metaphysics, housing projects, transcendence, crime

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.