Movies and Film: The Eighties and Nineties
The Eighties and Nineties
We could easily write another Complete Idiot's Guide focusing solely on the last 20 years of French film. You probably already know some of what we'd have to cover:
Luc Besson's La femme Nikita (1990), the acting talents (and majestic schnoz) of Gérard Depardieu. The tip of the new French film iceberg includes directors like Yannick Bellon, Leos Carax, Étienne Chatiliez, Nelly Kaplan, Jeanne Moreau, Coline Serreau, and many others.
The best we can do is ask you—beg you, more like it—to find out where you can either watch or get a hold of this fantastic stuff on video and DVD and devour as much as you can!
All in all, France's new crop of young directors has more than lived up to the legacy of their artistic forebears in the medium.
Cinéma du look is a catchword for the postmodern films of Jean-Jacques Beineix, Luc Besson, and other '80s directors who focused on the visual image per se as the overall "message" of film.
Cinéma beur refers to a new wave of naturalistic films directed by and featuring the lives of young North Africans in France; Rachid Bouchareb's Cheb (1990) and Mehdi Charef's Le Thé au harem d'Archimède (1986) are among the most influential examples of this recent genre.
Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Movies and Film © 2001 by Mark Winokur and Bruce Holsinger. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.