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The Director's Idea by Ken Dancyger

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Chapter 21

Catherine Breillat: The Warfare of Sexuality

Introduction

Catherine Breillat wrote her first novel at 17. By the time she made her first film, “A Real Young Girl,” in 1975, she had written three other novels and a stage play. Although her writing career continued she did not direct another film until 1988, when she made “36 Fillette,” based on her novel. Not until 1999 with “Romance” was her international reputation established. Since then she has made films almost annually, including “Fat Girl” (2001), “Brief Crossing” (2001), “The Housekeeper” (2003), and “Anatomy of Hell” (2004).

All of Breillat’s films focus on sexuality from the point of view of a girl or a woman. All are sexually explicit, and all of the films portray the obstacles ...

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