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James S. Williams

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235460

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313943

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An Art of Fugue? The Polyphonic Cinema of Marguerite Duras

An Art of Fugue? The Polyphonic Cinema of Marguerite Duras

(p.21) Chapter 1 An Art of Fugue? The Polyphonic Cinema of Marguerite Duras
Revisioning Duras

Wendy Everett

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores how music is intimately related to the multilayered and self-referential cinema of Marguerite Duras by discussing her films vis-à-vis the concept of fugue, looks at ways in which they relate to the wider modernist context, and offers a new perspective from which to view her ouvre. Duras's cinema can also be discussed in the context of musical simile; Alain Vircondelet, for example, compares her films' composition to that of a piece of music. Duras's love of music is not only reflected in the titles of her films and in the complex and repeated references to music that they contain, but also emerges in the fundamental role accorded to music within the soundtrack.

Keywords:   Marguerite Duras, cinema, films, fugue, music, soundtrack, Alain Vircondelet

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