Re: French films: place, nature and landscape (suggestions?)

From: Casey Pegram (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Apr 02 2009 - 15:13:02 PDT

Bruno Dumont's films certainly meet this criteria, I think. I would
start with La vie de Jésus and work up from there, they're all of a
similar mold.

Certain films of Claire Denis would work as well: Chocolat, Beau
Travail, L'Intrus (emphasis in particular on L'Intrus for your given

Also the films of Philippe Grandrieux: Sombre and La vie nouvelle. The
latter is harder to find on DVD, particularly with English subtitles
(if you need 'em) but I would encourage you to view the film anyway.
It's not very dialogue-heavy at all.


On Apr 2, 2009, at 4:38 PM, Scott Ross wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm doing research on French (and francophone) films that depict
> landscapes, the natural world, or a strong "sense of place" in
> interesting ways. For example, I'm looking at "JLG/JLG autoportrait en
> décembre" for Godard's use of the Lausanne countryside, short
> documentaries by Jean Painlevé, and Michael Snow's "La Région
> central." Does anyone have any suggestions for films or scholarly
> criticism on the subject? I'm not restricting myself solely to
> experimental works. I'm looking in particular for films available
> online, on VHS, or on DVD, since I don't have access to projectors at
> my school. Thanks!
> Scott
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