Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Sartrean Perspective

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Jean-Pierre Boulé, Enda McCaffrey
Berghahn Books, Oct 30, 2011 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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At the heart of this volume is the assertion that Sartrean existentialism, most prominent in the 1940s, particularly in France, is still relevant as a way of interpreting the world today. Film, by reflecting philosophical concerns in the actions and choices of characters, continues and extends a tradition in which art exemplifies the understanding of existentialist philosophy. In a scholarly yet accessible style, the contributors exploit the rich interplay between Sartre's philosophy, plays and novels, and a number of contemporary films including No Country for Old Men, Lost in Translation and The Truman Show, with film-makers including the Dardenne brothers, Michael Haneke, and Mike Leigh. This volume will be of interest to students who are coming to Sartre's work for the first time and to those who would like to read films within an existentialist perspective.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Call to Freedom
15
Peter Weirs The TrumanShow and Sartrean Freedom
17
Michael Haneke and the Consequences of Radical Freedom
33
Naked Bad Faith and Masculinity
47
Pursuits of Transcendence in The Man Who Wasnt There
63
Lornas Silence Sartre and the Dardenne Brothers
79
Films of Situation
93
If I Should Wake Before I Die Existentialism as a Political Call to Arms in The Crying Game
111
Crimes of Passion Freedom and a Clash of Sartrean Moralities in the Coen Brothers No Country for Old Men
125
An Act of Confidence in the Freedom of Men JeanPaul Sartre and Ousmane Sembene
143
Cédric Klapischs The Spanish Apartment and Russian Dolls in Nauseas Mirror
157
Baz Luhrmanns William Shakespeares Romeo + Juliet The Nauseous Art of Adaptation
175
Notes on Contributors
191
Index
193
Copyright

Being Lost in Translation
95

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Jean-Pierre Boulé is Professor of Contemporary French Studies at Nottingham Trent University and the author of a number of books, notably on Sartre, including Sartre médiatique (1992) and Sartre, Self-Formation and Masculinities (2005). He is the co-founder of the U.K. Sartre Society and executive editor of Sartre Studies International. He is coediting with Benedict O'Donohoe, Jean-Paul Sartre: Mind and Body, Word and Deed (2011) and preparing with Ursula Tidd a companion volume, Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema. A Beauvoirian Perspective (2013).

Enda McCaffrey is Professor of French Theory and Culture at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of a number of books including The Gay Republic: Sexuality, Citizenship and Subversion in France (2005) and The Return of Religion in France: From Democratisation to Postmetaphysics (2009). He is has recently completed a new monograph entitled Bodies Without Organs: French Theory and Homosexuality (2015)

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