The Cinema of Robert Lepage: The Poetics of Memory

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Wallflower Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 181 pages
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The Cinema of Robert Lepage is the first critical study of one of the most striking artists of Quebecois and Canadian independent filmmaking. The book examines Lepage's creative methods of filmmaking in their cultural and social context and argues that his work cannot be seen separately from his oeuvre as a multidisciplinary artist. Further, this study demonstrates that like Jean Cocteau, Mike Leigh, and Alain Resnais, Lepage is a multifaceted artist who works with a group of actors on very personal themes, building his films, such as Le Confessionnal and Possible Worlds, during months or years of a perpetual rehearsal process; thus it challenges the notions that Lepage should be considered only in the terms of Quebecois film tradition. The author explores such themes with Lepage in a new exclusive and detailed interview.

  

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Contents

CHAPTER TWO The representation of Quebecois society and culture in film
31
Where do I come from? 5 3
53
CHAPTER FOUR Le Polygraph? What is truth?
77
Where am I going?
95
What is my real world?
119
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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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