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Nikita (1990) is the story of a nineteen-year old junkie, Nikita (Anne Parillaud) who is given a second chance in life through being trained to be - and becoming - a skilled assassin for the State. Nikita is a cult classic, directed by Luc Besson (with Thierry Arbogast as director of photography) in his hallmark powerful style. The film was an international hit, which spawned a TV series and a Hollywood remake. Susan Hayward develops here a fresh and provocative way of understanding Nikita's plot structure as a neo-baroque symphony. She goes in depth into key sequences of the film, examines its reception as a popular film by audiences and critics, and looks at The Assassin, the Hollywood remake of Nikita.
This is a wonderfully exciting book on an underrated film. It also shows that the woman placed at the center of a film noir can, as Susan Hayward points out, "for once win - or at least 'get away with it.'"
|Publisher:||I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.48(w) x 9.89(h) x 0.45(d)|
About the Author
Susan Hayward is Professor of Cinema Studies, University of Exeter. Her many publications in French Cinema include French Film: Texts and Contexts; French National Cinema; Luc Besson: Filmmaker and Bard; Simone Signoret: The Star as Cultural Sign, and Les Diaboliques: French Film Guide (I.B. Tauris, 2005).
Table of Contents
• Production Contexts
• 'Nikita' a neo-baroque symphony
• Sequence analysis
• The Remake of 'Nikita'
• Select Bibliography