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Abel Ferrara
by Nicole Brenez
translated by Adrian Martin
University of Illinois Press, 2006
eISBN: 978-0-252-09619-8 | Paper: 978-0-252-07411-0 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03154-0
Library of Congress Classification PN1998.3.F465B7413 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.430233092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In this concise study, Nicole Brenez argues for Abel Ferrara’s place in a line of grand inventors who have blurred distinctions between industry and avant-garde film, including Orson Welles, Monte Hellman, and Nicholas Ray. Rather than merely reworking genre film, Brenez understands Ferrara’s oeuvre as formulating new archetypes that depict the evil of the modern world. Focusing as much on the human figure as on elements of storytelling, she argues that films such as Bad Lieutenant express this evil through visionary characters struggling against the inadmissible (inadmissible behavior, morality, images, and narratives).   



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