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Robert Guédiguian$
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Joseph Mai

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096471

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096471.001.0001

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Fragile friendships

Fragile friendships

Films of the 1980s

(p.19) 2 Fragile friendships
Robert Guédiguian

Joseph Mai

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the lesser known, but high quality, films made by Guédiguian during the 1980s. His first film, Dernier été, explores in an original way many of the themes important to friendship: its way of giving meaning to everyday spaces (it thus establishes the importance of l’Estaque in Guédiguian’s work) and seemingly empty time. Subsequent films examine Guédiguian’s Marxist view of History, the history of l’Estaque, and the commemoration of the French bicentennial. These films are highly pessimistic, mainly due to a kind of intellectual exorcism that the director is attempting to perform vis-à-vis Communism and militant politics. But the films have a counterbalancing tendency, especially through the development of Guédiguian’s group of collaborating friends, on screen and behind the camera.

Keywords:   The “end” of history, Communism, Friendship, Brecht, L’Estaque, Pessimism, Commemoration

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