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Publication details for Professor Catherine Dousteyssier-Khoze

Dousteyssier-Khoze, Catherine (2018). Claude Chabrol's Aesthetics of Opacity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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Abstract

Claude Chabrol's cinema is generally associated with a specific type of
psychological thriller, one set in the French provinces and fascinated with
murder, incest, fragmented families, unstable spaces and inscrutable female
characters. But Chabrol's films are both deceptively accessible and deeply
reflexive, and in this innovative reappraisal of his filmography Catherine
Dousteyssier-Khoze explores the Chabrol who was influenced by Balzac,
Magritte and Stanley Kubrick. Bringing to the fore Chabrol’s ‘aesthetic of
opacity’, the book deconstructs the apparent clarity and comfort of his chosen
genre, encouraging the viewer to reflect on the relationship between illusion
and reality, and the status of the film image itself.