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Abel Ferrara

Understanding Abel Ferrara as one of the most important and overlooked filmmakers of our time.

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).


"Brenez . . . argues that provocateur Abel Ferrara invents new forms for his optimistic filmic studies of contemporary political and psychic evil. . . . Brenez conveys her challenging argument in chewable sections. Each point draws from across Ferarra's large canon, and she makes convincing connections to other works. . . . Recommended."--Choice

"This is a provocative book. It is also a work of great originality. Brenez's energetic intellect and passion for her subject are evident on every page. . . . It makes you want to go back to the films, to see them as Brenez has seen them. In fact, this was the very first thing that I did when I finished reading this book. I started watching the films of Abel Ferrara again."--Screening The Past

[Brenez's] book illuminates a director whom American critics have too often overlooked. Its mixture of fannish enthusiasm and academic erudition is a new, welcome voice."--Cineaste

“Passionate. . . . Devotees of Ferrara who are comfortable with theoretical language will find this a fascinating performance of high critical intensity.”--Film International

“Brenez does the best job to date in defending an underappreciated American director not only in terms of aesthetics, but also for his ethical reflections on the crimes and abuses of the past century. A truly remarkable achievement.”--Jonathan Rosenbaum


Nicole Brenez, prominent film critic and curator for the experimental cinema programs at the Cinémathèque française in Paris, teaches cinema studies at Université Paris I. She is the author of Shadows de John Cassavetes and other books. Adrian Martin is coeditor of the Internet magazine Rouge and the author of Once Upon a Time in America and The Mad Max Movies.

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