The Vision Of Jean Genet by Richard N. Coe

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Jean Genet, the French author notorious for his overt cele-bration of criminality and homosexuality, was also fascinated with cinema.

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His only film, Un Chant d'amour, made in 1950, was a poetic and sexually explicit visual paean to homosexual desire, the criminal impulse, and the power of the imagination. Banned on the grounds of obscenity, the film has since become a cause celebre of gay rights and freedom of expression, as well as being recognized as a masterpiece of underground cinema.

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Criminal Desires contains complete documentation of the making of Un Chant d'amour, including an illustrated shot-by-shot description, thematic analysis, and exhibition history.

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The book also documents:
? Genet's many other unfilmed screenplays.
? Film appearances by Genet himself.
? Screen adaptations of Genet's work made by other directors including Deathwatch, The Maids, Todd Haynes' 1, and Fassbinder's extraordinary and apocalyptic vision of Querelle.

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Illustrated throughout and featuring an introduction by acclaimed novelist and Genet biographer, Edmund White, Criminal Desires is a compelling induction into Jean Genet's underworld of prisons, voyeurism, and homosexual lust which starkly illuminates a fascinating zone of forbidden cinema.

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Jean Genet is a world-famous author and gay hero: This is the only book dealing specifically with his involvement with, and relationship to, cinema.
? Volume 2 in new quality Film Studies series: Persistence of Vision.
? Cover quotes from Edmund White, Derek Jarman and Marc Almond.
? Cross-over between cinema and gay markets.
? National press coverage, and full online promotion.

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Jane Giles is director of cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

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