Book Giveaway! Olivier Assayas

This week we are featuring two recent books — one about French filmmaker Olivier Assayas and one by him. The two titles are Olivier Assayas, edited by Kent Jones and A Post-May Adolescence: Letter to Alice Debord, by Olivier Assayas.

Throughout the week we will highlight aspects of both books and we are also offering a FREE copy of each book to one winner.

To enter our book giveaway, simply e-mail pl2164@columbia.edu with your name and address (U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses only, unfortunately). We will randomly select one winner on Friday at 1:00 pm. Good luck and spread the word!

Over the past few decades, French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has become a powerful force in contemporary cinema. Between his first feature Désordre (1986) and such major works as L’Eau froide, Irma Vep, Les Destinées Sentimentales, demonlover and, most recently, L’Heure d’été and Carlos, he has charted an exciting path, strongly embracing narrative and character and simultaneously dealing with the “fragmentary reality” of life in a global economy.

Olivier Assayas is the first English-language book about the director. It includes a major essay by Kent Jones and essays on individual films by Howard Hampton, Alice Lovejoy, Greil Marcus, Geoffrey O’Brien, and others.

A Post-May Adolescence: Letter to Alice Debord is an account of a personal formation, an initiation into an individual vision of the world. It is, equally, a record of youthful struggle. Assayas’s reflective memoir takes the reader from the massive cultural upheaval of France in May 1968 to the mid-1990s, when the artist made his first autobiographical film about his teenage years, L’Eau froide. The movement of thought and creation known as Situationism is the golden thread that connects and, in part, inspires his memoir. This book also includes two essays by Assayas on the aesthetic and political legacy of Guy Debord, who played a decisive role in shaping the author’s understanding of the world and his path towards an extremely personal way of making films.

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