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In Gilbert Adair’s 1930s-set Agatha Christie pastiche of 2007,A Mysterious Affair of Style, a visit to a film set provokes a discussion about the ‘special’ nature of French cinema. Philippe Françaix, a French film critic, claims that in his experience the English ‘like to watch nothing but foreign f...

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Published in: French Film in Britain p. 1
Main Authors: Lucy Mazdon, Catherine Wheatley
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Berghahn Books 03-15-2013
Edition: 1
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Summary: In Gilbert Adair’s 1930s-set Agatha Christie pastiche of 2007,A Mysterious Affair of Style, a visit to a film set provokes a discussion about the ‘special’ nature of French cinema. Philippe Françaix, a French film critic, claims that in his experience the English ‘like to watch nothing but foreign films’ (Adair 2007: 112). Evadne Mount, bestselling whodunit author and amateur sleuth, protests, ‘Why Monsieur Françaix, only a very few foreign films open in London, mostly at a cinema called the Academy. And what a godsend it is for us devotees of the Seventh Art’ (112). Much to Mount’s astonishment, Françaix
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