Cinema has been long associated with France, dating back to 1895, when Louis and Auguste Lumi_re screened their works, the first public viewing of films anywhere. Early silent pioneers Georges MZli_s, Alice Guy BlachZ and others followed in the footsteps of the Lumi_re brothers and the tradition of important filmmaking continued throughout the 20th century and beyond. In Encyclopedia of French Film Directors, Philippe Rège identifies every French director who has made at least one feature film since 1895. From undisputed masters to obscure one-timers, nearly 3,000 directors are cited here, including at least 200 filmmakers not mentioned in similar books published in France. Each director's entry contains a brief biographical summary, including dates and places of birth and death; information on the individual's education and professional training; and other pertinent details, such as real names (when the filmmaker uses a pseudonym). The entries also provide complete filmographies, including credits for feature films, shorts, documentaries, and television work. Some of the most important names in the history of film can be found in this encyclopedia, from masters of the Golden Age_Jean Renoir and RenZ Clair_to French New Wave artists such as Fran_ois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

Author Philippe Rège
Isbn 081086939X
Genre Performing Arts
Year 2009-12-11
Pages 1488
Language English
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Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a comprehensive guide to the genre of the murder mystery that catalogues thousands of items in a broad range of categories: authors, titles, plots, characters, weapons, methods of killing, movie and theatrical adaptations. What distinguishes this encyclopedia from the others in the field is its critical stance.

Author B. Murphy
Isbn 0230107354
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 1999-12-09
Pages 543
Language English
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 Georges Simenon’s 75 novels and 28 short stories that feature Chief Inspector Jules Maigret provide us with a great deal of information about the French police detective—but only in small, episodic doses. As readers become acquainted with Maigret one detail at a time, he slowly takes on a flesh-and-bone realism—not merely a character in a story, but someone we would like to meet in real life. This book presents all the canonical facts and details about the detective and his world in one place, presented with tabulations and analyses that enable a better understanding of the works and of Maigret himself.

Author Murielle Wenger,Stephen Trussel
Isbn 1476629250
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2017-08-07
Pages 244
Language English
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Découvrez l'histoire du plus célèbre commissaire du cinéma et de la télévision Le commissaire Maigret est aussi célèbre que Sherlock Holmes ou Hercule Poirot. Le héros créé par Georges Simenon en 1929 est entré dans la légende grâce au cinéma et à la télévision. Traduites dans le monde entier, ses enquêtes suscitent toujours la curiosité des lecteurs. Comment Maigret est-il né de l’imagination du romancier ? Quelle est sa méthode d’investigation ? Quelle place occupe-t-il dans un genre qui connaît une véritable évolution médiatique ? Autant de questions sur lesquelles s’arrête ce guide de lecture. Un guide de lecture unique sur le célèbre héros de Simenon EXTRAIT Aujourd’hui, le commissaire Maigret est célèbre dans le monde entier. Depuis 1931, le policier à la pipe poursuit une honnête carrière dans la littérature mais surtout au cinéma et à la télévision. Même s’il est parfois boudé par les jeunes générations, Maigret reste une figure incontournable du roman policier et tous les Columbo, Derrick ou Navarro lui doivent quelque chose... Le commissaire est toujours d’actualité comme en témoigne la bonne santé de la série interprétée par Bruno Cremer : 54 épisodes tournés de 1991 à 2005 alors qu’initialement les producteurs en avaient prévu 12 ! Quant à la série des « Jean Richard », même si elle ne fait pas l’unanimité, elle continue à être rediffusée régulièrement sur les chaînes européennes. Du côté de l’édition, les lecteurs ont le choix entre l’intégrale chez Omnibus et Le Livre de Poche... Sans oublier la bande dessinée avec plusieurs titres au catalogue. A PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR Bernard Alavoine, maître de conférences à l’Université de Picardie Jules Verne, a déjà signé Georges Simenon, parcours d’une œuvre, ainsi que de nombreux articles sur cet auteur.

Author Bernard Alavoine
Isbn 2360589415
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2015-11-20
Pages 119
Language English
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“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian When a gambler is discovered dead in his home, a coincidence at the scene sends Inspector Maigret down a twisted path of secrets and lies in search of a killer Maigret receives an urgent call in the middle of the night from a doctor friend who says he has just treated a wealthy woman for a suspicious gunshot wound. Not long after, Maigret is called to the home of professional gambler, Felix Nahour, who has just been found by his chambermaid, shot dead. The inspector is shocked to find that he recognizes a photo of the man's wife, who quickly becomes his main suspect. All signs point to her guilt, but as he digs deeper, Maigret begins to infer there might be more to this complicated affair. Suspenseful and terrifically sinister, Maigret and the Nahour Case is a masterful exploration of the twin passions of love and hate as they mingle in the shadowy mind of a criminal.

Author Georges Simenon
Isbn 0525504176
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-11-05
Pages 176
Language English
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November, 1940. Tom Tyler, Detective Inspector of the small Shropshire town of Whitchurch, is a troubled man. The preceding summer had been a dark one for Britain, and even darker for Tom's own family and personal life. So he jumps at the opportunity to help out in the nearby city of Birmingham, where an explosion in a munitions factory has killed or badly injured several of the young women who have taken on dangerous work in support of the war effort. At first, it seems more than likely the explosion was an accident, and Tom has only been called in because the forces are stretched thin. But as he talks to the employees of the factory, inner divisions -- between the owner and his employees, between unionists and workers who fear communist infiltration -- begin to appear. Put that together with an AWOL young soldier who unwittingly puts all those he loves at risk and a charming American documentary filmmaker who may be much more than he seems, and you have a page-turning novel that bears all the hallmarks of Maureen Jennings' extraordinary talent: a multi-faceted mystery, vivid characters, snappy dialogue, and a pitch-perfect sense of the era of the Blitz, when the English were pushed to their limits and responded with a courage and resilience that still inspires.

Author Maureen Jennings
Isbn 0771043147
Genre Fiction
Year 2012-11-06
Pages 416
Language English
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Pedigree is Georges Simenon’s longest, most unlikely, and most adventurous novel, the book that is increasingly seen to lie at the heart of his outsize achievement as a chronicler of modern self and society. In the early 1940s, Simenon began work on a memoir of his Belgian childhood. He showed the initial pages to André Gide, who urged him to turn them into a novel. The result was, Simenon later quipped, a book in which everything is true but nothing is accurate. Spanning the years from the beginning of the century, with its political instability and terrorist threats, to the end of the First World War in 1918, Pedigree is an epic of everyday existence in all its messy unfinished intensity and density, a story about the coming-of-age of a precocious and curious boy and the coming to be of the modern world.

Author Georges Simenon
Isbn 1590175557
Genre Fiction
Year 2011-11-23
Pages 560
Language English
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“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian A chilling Inspector Maigret mystery set on the Belgian border “She wasn't an ordinary supplicant. She didn't lower her eyes. There was nothing humble about her bearing. She spoke frankly, looking straight ahead, as if to claim what was rightfully hers. ‘If you don't agree to look at our case, my parents and I will be lost, and it will be the most hateful legal error...’” Maigret is asked to the windswept, rainy border town of Givet by a young woman desperate to clear her family of murder. But their well-kept shop, the sleepy community and its raging river all hide their own mysteries.

Author Georges Simenon
Isbn 0698193865
Genre Fiction
Year 2015-06-30
Pages 160
Language English
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“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian When an innocent young man is accused of murder, Maigret is forced to question the blind justice of the law In this thrilling courtroom drama, inspector Maigret comes to the defense of Gaston Meurant, a quiet Parisian picture framer accused of slitting his aunt’s throat for money and smothering a small child. Maigret can’t reconcile the violent portrait the court is painting with the man his investigations have revealed. But in order to save an innocent life from the gallows, Maigret must expose some dark secrets about Meurant, secrets that may expose him to a whole other kind of danger. With a high-stakes courtroom setting that brings out a side of Maigret’s brilliant mind rarely before seen, Maigret in Court is a painful story of an oppressive domestic tragedy and the compassionate insight of a remarkable detective.

Author Georges Simenon
Isbn 052550401X
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-01-08
Pages 160
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Georges Simenon (1903–1989) was a phenomenally successful author of crime fiction. His 75 Maigret novels and 28 Maigret short stories were published between 1931 and 1972 to great international acclaim (he is the only non-anglophone crime writer to have achieved such renown). His Maigret stories are regarded by many as having established a new direction in crime fiction, emphasizing social and psychological portraiture rather than focussing on a puzzle to be solved or on “action.” This book examines the importance of social class and social change in the Maigret stories, giving a particular emphasis to the early formative novels and the development of plot, characterization and setting. The author seeks to establish the extent to which Simenon’s portrait of French society is historically accurate and the nature of the influence of the author’s own class position and ideology on his fiction.

Author Bill Alder
Isbn 1476601062
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2012-12-01
Pages 220
Language English
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An actor, recently divorced, at loose ends in New York; a woman, no less lonely, perhaps even more desperate than the man: they meet by chance in an all-night diner and are drawn to each other on the spot. Roaming the city streets, hitting its late-night dives, dropping another coin into yet another jukebox, these two lost souls struggle to understand what it is that has brought them, almost in spite of themselves, together. They are driven—from moment to moment, from bedroom to bedroom—to improvise the most unexpected of love stories, a tale of suspense where risk alone offers salvation. Georges Simenon was the most popular and prolific of the twentieth century’s great novelists. Three Bedrooms in Manhattan—closely based on the story of his own meeting with his second wife—is his most passionate and revealing work.

Author Georges Simenon
Isbn 1590175611
Genre Fiction
Year 2011-11-23
Pages 176
Language English
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“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian After receiving a series of mysterious calls from a man who later turns up dead, Inspector Maigret must plunge into the murky Parisian underworld to solve the case A man calls Maigret from a cafe and asks for police protection, saying he’s being followed by men trying to kill him. The next day, the man’s body is identified in the street. To catch the killer, Maigret must piece together the details of his dead man’s life, leading police into the crowded, fetid underground world of the Paris slums in the process.

Author Georges Simenon
Isbn 110199245X
Genre Fiction
Year 2016-09-27
Pages 240
Language English
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