July 12, 2008

Olivier Assayas (1955 – )

Olivier Assayas (1955-   )

Summer Hours Poster

Poster for Summer Hours (Released in UK 18th July)

Introduction

Originally Olivier Assayas was a critic writing for Cahiers du cinéma for 10 years between 1975 - 1985 which is very similar to the famous critics and then directors of the French Nouvelle Vague. Assayas was born into a cinematic milieu being the son of Jaques Rémy who had changed his name to hide his Jewish identity, his real name being Rémy Assayas from Thessaloniki. Irma Vep (1996) starring Maggie Cheung whom he was married to for a time has been one of his most popular films. The film was metacinematic being a film about a remake of a 1915 series by Feuillades The Vampires. It was a commentary upon both the state of the French film industry at that time and also upon an outsider's position in Paris. Summer Hours (2008) was commissioned along with films by seven directors overall by Paris’s Musée D’Orsay to celebrate its twentieth anniversary that include Flight of the Red Balloon

Assayas Boarding Gate 1

Assayas Boarding Gate (2008)

YouTube Extract

YouTube extract from Irma Vep (1996)

YouTube Extract from Boarding Gate (2008)

Filmography

Summer Hours (L'Heure D'Ete) 2008

Boarding Gate (2008)


Paris Je T'Aime (2007)


Clean (2005)

Demonlover (2002)

Irma Vep 1

Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep

Irma Vep (1996)

L'Eau froide ( 1994) 

Une nouvelle vie (1993)

Paris s'éveille (1991) [winner of Prix de Jean Vigo]

L' Enfant de l'hiver,(1989)

Désordre (1986)

Winston Tong en studio (1984)

Laissé inachevé à Tokyo (1982)

Rectangle - Deux chansons de Jacno (1980)

Copyright (1979)

Webliography

Peter Aspden Financial Times 12 / 07 / 08: French Film Global Culture. Assayas in Discussion about Summer Hours (you may need to disable or allow pop-ups)

David Thompson, Sight and Sound feature Olivier Assayas Power Games

Production Profile Summer Hours

Senses of Cinema Olivier Assayas (Very useful article with a good bibliography)

Harvard Film Archive: The films of Olivier Assayas

Vertigo Magazine on Irma Vep

‘Just play yourself, "Maggie Cheung"’: Irma Vep, rethinking transnational stardom and unthinking national cinemas . Dale Hudson

Bilbliography

Sight and Sound August 2008. Family Ties: Ginette Vincendeau

Sight and Sound August 2008. Interview with Olivier Assayas by Nick James

Sight and Sound August 2008. Review of Summer Hours by Tony Rayns


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