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Hervé Guibert ou les morsures du destin

Hervé Guibert (1955-1991) was the first key figure in France to openly live his life with AIDS, to even stage the disease, to turn it into a literary work in progress. No writer had done it before. With a dismaying accuracy, he took films and photographs of himself and he relentlessly described his metamorphosis up to his final breath.
Yet his short life cannot be reduced to his disease. Far from it. A close friend of Foucault, Chéreau, Adjani and many others, he was a main figure of the intellectual life of the Eighties. Before he died, he had written about thirty books, made one film and taken hundreds of photographs that are regularly exhibited. If the topics of his books were judged controversial, as time went by, his exceptional literary talent is now unanimously recognised.
A huge photographic retrospective has taken place in New York and his diary Le Mausolée des Amants has just been translated in the US. In France, his shadow is still hovering over literature, he is remaining with us, a reassuring and familiar ghost we can't help referring to.
This book shows the life progress of a far from ordinary individual.

Frédéric Andrau is a writer. Quelques jours avec Christine A (Plon 2008) revealed him to the readers. In 2013 he devoted a biographic text to the writer Albert Cossery, Monsieur Albert (Editions de Corlevour, 2013) which received a unanimous applause from the critics.

• First and only biography made on such a complete artist
• Guiber t: a distinguished writer for prestigious publishing houses, a photographer and a journalist
• Ar tistic figure of the AIDS years, as Guibert became the character of his own books.

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John Ford et les Indiens

«John Ford and the Indians» tells the story of a meeting.
In 1938, as he is searching for a location for his upcoming film Stagecoach which will bring back the Western genre in the spotlight, John Ford discovers Monument Valley and his inhabitants: the Navajos.
After their fi rst encounter, both John Ford and the Navajos bravely play their part in the Second World War, before meeting again in 1946 for My Darling Clementine. Until his death in 1973, John Ford will direct seven other fi lms featuring the Navajos. During these three decades, the director and the Indians will carry on discovering themselves and end-up tying strong and lasting bonds. From this, Ford will change his views on «Native Americans» and the way he directs and fi lms them. Thanks to this singular collaboration, Ford will also help them by supplying them work.
Based on Ford's personal archives and exclusive interviews, this book is a testimony of a golden age seen by the two sides of this epic story.

Arnaud Balvay is a doctor in History, specialised in North America and the Amerindians. He has published several articles and books on the subject : Amerindians and Marine Soldiers in Louisiana and in the Pays d'en Haut, the upper country (1683-1763), Quebec, 2006 and The Revolt of the Natchez, Paris, 2008. He has now kept for 20 years a strong relationship with Navajo friends living in Phoenix, Flagstaff or Kayenta.

Nicolas Cabos teaches cinema, writes critics and scenarii and is a drama author and director. Teacher at the Superior School of Management, he gives a lecture on Cinema for students preparing their master in audiovisual production. Co-curator of the exhibition The Cinema at Saint-Cloud, the dream and the industry at the Avelines Museum in Saint-Cloud, he also co-signed the exhibition catalogue.HIGHLIGHTS• The Fordian myth revisited• A tr ue discover y of the Navajos, their histor y and Monument Valley, where they live• The golden age of Westerns told in a singular way.

• The Fordian myth revisited
• A true discovery of the Navajos, their history and Monument Valley, where they live
• The golden age of Westerns told in a singular way.

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Helmut Berger, autoportrait – 70ème anniversaire

Helmut Berger was once considered the «most beautiful man in the world». First noticed in Italy by director Luchino Visconti, he has performed for the Italian master in great roles alongside Romy Schneider, Elisabeth Taylor, Charlotte Rampling or Burt Lancaster, roles that have now become legendary. However, the relationship that united the young actor and the director was not just limited to movie sets. They both shared for each other a sheer passion. When the Italian filmmaker dies in 1976, Helmut Berger's career brutally spins down: once a must in the film industry during its golden years, the great interpretor of sulfurous characters, compulsive party-goer Berger ends up becoming a victim of his own image and excesses. Back from his torments, the Austrian actor looks at himself in the mirror, faces his own memories. And the result is this wild, hot autobiography where Helmut Berger gives a no hold barred account of his life. Berger freely speaks of his detestations, his exploration of all forms of sexuality, his sheer love for Luchino Visconti and his intense friendships with Rudolph Noureev, Grace Kelly, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Stavros Niarchos, Jack Nicholson and Romy Schneider of course.

• An incredible life told with an extraordinary freedom of tone
• Unique account of the theatrical world of the 70s and of the people around it: Romy Schneider, Burt Lancaster, Stavros Niarchos, Grace Kelly...
• Peculiar mix of an actor's testimony and his wild stories of parties and decadence

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La folie de l’art brut

In 1945, Jean Dubuffet coined the phrase «outsider art» for the works of creators deprived of any artistic conditioning, such as autodidacts or patients confined in mental hospitals, people driven by an interior impulse of a pathological kind sometimes. The Art Establishment has regally ignored these singular characters. Besides the outsider art Collection of Lausanne and the Aracine of Villeneuve d'Ascq, in Paris la Halle Saint-Pierre or la Maison Rouge give these unconventional creators a place of honour. A new generation of curators, such as Massimiliano Gioni or Ralph Rudoff are surfing on the trend, as though this long-ignored creation has finally become acceptable and accepted. Why, deliberately forgetful of a Harold Szeemann who started exhibiting these creators' works in the Seventies, are the contemporary art circles suddenly carrying out this aggiornamento ? Why does the market perk up and reach unprecedented records after asthenic years? Why do collectors belatedly rediscover these off-off art creations? Based upon encounters with early champions of outsider art, vestals of Dubuffet's thinking and with collectors, contemporary artists and curators as well, this book attempts to decipher this recent, almost panicky fussing around unconventional outsiders and the long-lasting influence of outsider art creators upon visual artists.

Journalist Roxana Azimi, PhD in History, (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), is specialised in contemporary art. She co-founded le Quotidien de l'Art, a specialised journal on Internet and contributes to Le Monde, Le Nouvel Economist and the German art magazine Monopol.

• A book dedicated to the outsider art phenomenon
• A study and also a criticism of the art market and its system
• Roxana Azimi, journalist, specialises in contemporary arts and is one of the most regular writer on the subject for Le Monde

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Luxifer, pourquoi le luxe nous possède

Luxury seems to have captured our planet: despite the crisis it is booming, from New York to Shanghai, it dictates our dreams, it carves our bodies, it smoothes our skins, redesigns our cities.
It has become the ultimate dream for millions of individuals. It has its own temples, its Masses, its gurus, its priests and priestesses, its crusaders - all conspires to convert our souls to the religion of luxury.
What if this phenomenon meant the coming of a new Lucifer? Not the red Devil, the spectre raised by bigots, but the original Lucifer, as a symbol of freedom, rupture and creation.
This is the surprising and disconcerting hypothesis of this essay. Written in an accurate fl uent style, it can be read as a literary and sociological investigation, referring to pop as well as to academic culture, from Lady Gaga to Annie Le Brun, from Marlowe to Morrison. It offers the personal and merciless point of view of an expert, giving us the opportunity of looking at luxury and Lucifer differently.

Formerly working as a specialist in luxury for TBWA agency in London, Nicolas Chemla has elaborated new prospective policies for various brands of New York and Shanghai . He has written a series of Contemporary Mythologies of Advertising for Stratégies magazine. He gives lectures on Sex, Desire and Transgression to the students of the School of Communication at Sciences-Po, Paris. He is an enthusiast of black Romanticism and transgressive cinema. He loves building bridges between cultures, topics and points of view and shifting the boundaries of styles.

• After Bataille's La Littérature et le mal, Henric's La Peinture et le mal, here comes the first essay on Luxur y and evil
• Explores relations between evil and luxur y companies
• Social investigation where literar y references like Annie Le Br un meet pop culture ones like Lady Gaga.

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Somerset Maugham

Known as the «British Maupassant», Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was a prodigious story-teller. A short-story writer, novelist, playwright, essayist, tireless observer of human nature, dauntless globe-trotter, he was a multi-talented being whose numerous travels gave substance to his works. Like his fellow countryman and admirer, Graham Greene, he found in traveling «as much as in writing, paths of evasion».
Behind the mask of the perfect gentleman, he mastered the art of slamming the failings of his contemporaries with a tempered elegance, a lenient cynicism and a hint of misogyny. He incidentally mentioned: «As soon as I started telling the truth, I was not believable and I was considered as a humorist».
This impressionist biography analyses the long and prolifi c career as well as the misunderstood personality and the existential quest of the most cosmopolitan British writer of his time.
He adopted France and French culture, he was at the same time an occasional spy, a relentless bridge-player, an art collector and a lover of ice-cold Martinis. Somerset Maugham belongs to the breed of the great men of letters who are «larger than life». In the tradition of Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad and E.M. Forster, he has infl uenced such various writers as Evelyn Waugh, John Le Carré, Anthony Burgess, Bruce Chatwin and William Boyd.

Jean-Paul Chaillet was born in Paris in 1957. He has been living and working as a journalist in Los Angeles since 1990. He has collaborated to Les Nouvelles Littéraires, L'Express, L'Evénement du Jeudi, Première, Ciné Live, Madame Figaro and Femmes. He is the co-writer of a biography of Francis Ford Coppola with Elisabeth Vincent (Edilig 1983) and Christian Viviani (Rivages 1989).

• Somerset Maugham: author of 40 millions of books sold worldwide
• Only French biography and one of the rarest in the world
• Stunning life: made for tune as a novelist and led a prosperous life

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Lettres à un jeune monteur

Film editors, true workers in the shadows, away from the glittering spotlights, exercise nonetheless an «art specific to films». In these «Letters to a young editor», Henri Colpi gives an account of the evolution of the cinematographic language, from silent films to the revolution of sound films and to the most recent techniques of the cinematographic image. He insists on the necessity of a good complementarity between the filmmaker and his editor, often united in the creative process through their complicity, so they share a solid long-term relationship.
As he was both, Henri Colpi was the ideal companion to reveal to the reader the art of undertaking editing, as well as from the filmmaker's point of view as the editor's. This book is not just a form of expression of his passion or of a life's experience, it also offers a thinking on the meaning and the impact images can have.

Born in Switzerland in 1921, Henri Colpi was a part of the French new wave. As an accomplished insider of cinema, he has been a prestigious editor (Hiroshima, mon amour, Last Year in Marienbad, The Mystery of Picasso, A King in New-York, Destroy, She Said), an important historian of films, writer of two comprehensive books (Le Cinéma et ses hommes and Défense et illustration de la musique dans le film) and finally a talented filmmaker awarded for his first feature film, The Long Absence, with the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'or in 1961. He has also taught for a long time at the INSAS (Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion) in Brussels.

Nathalie Hureau learnt editing with Henri Colpi. She now teaches how cinematographic language tell stories with images.

• The reference book for all aspiring editors and editing enthusiasts
• Henri Colpi, Chaplin's editor, gives keys and insights on his work, the film industry and what makes a good editor.

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Tchang au pays du Lotus bleu

Since The Blue Lotus, Tchang Tchong-jen has been known as Tintin's best friend. But for a long time readers were not aware that the little Chinese was not a fi ctional character. When he was a student at the Fine Arts Academy in Brussels, at the beginning of the Thirties, he became Hergé's hidden adviser.
Then the two friends strayed away. They were separated for long years, which the great Hergé tried to exorcise with his imaginary quest of Tintin in Tibet. Their touching reunion in 1981 nearly appeared as a historical event.
Unfailingly serene, the great sculptor depicted his life in the Land of the Blue Lotus to journalist Gérard Lenne. His fi rst steps as a creator, the ups and downs of the Republic of China, the Japanese invasion, the Civil War, the birth of the People's Republic of China, the hustle and bustle of the Cultural Revolution... With him, we go all over a century of history, feeling as Hergé did, we better understand the China of that period.

After working as a critic for Téléciné, Midi-Minuit Fantastique, or Horizons du Fantastique, Gérard Lenne joined the weekly Télé 7 Jours in 1971. In 1981 he took charge of the cinema column. In 1970 he had published his first book Le cinéma fantastique et ses mythologies. There were many to follow. But Gérard Lenne has more than one string to his bow. He loves music and comic strips and published two books about the writer and draftsman Edgar P. Jacobs (Blake, Jacobs and Mortimer) and L'Affaire Jacobs. Gérard was the President of the French Union of Cinema Critics for 6 years.

• Tintin's Tchang actually lived!
• The story of the real Tchang, Chinese sculptor who lived during the Cultural Revolution and of how Tintin saved his life as a man and as an artist

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Comment Carmen tua Bizet

This story is based on actual facts.
1874 : Bizet is a second-rate composer, he tires himself out, giving lessons and accomplishing menial tasks for famous composers, merely in order to survive.
His friend Halévy, a librettist, obtains a commission for him. It will be CARMEN, for the Comic Opera.
Bizet composes the score in eight months. He does not realise he wrote a masterpiece.
The opening night, on the 3rd of March in 1875, causes a scandal, the critics are terrible.
Bizet is devastated and hides himself in a small country house in Bougival. Three months later, on the 3rd of June, he has a bath in the Seine. The water is too cold. He dies during the night from a throat abscess.

Mario Bois made all his career in Paris as a music publisher, especially in the field of ballet. In parallel, he wrote sixteen books and received prizes for some of them. He created numerous TV and radio programs, wrote for ballets, published articles, gave lectures, translated texts of music works and he ran three record collections (La Grande Musique Espagnole/Classical Spanish Music, Histoire de la Sevillana/The History of Sevillana, Grandes figures du flamenco/The great figures of flamenco). He was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He also was the chairman of the International Council for Dance with UNESCO from 1994 to 1997.

• Precise and detailled description of the second half of the 19th, when the opera played an important part of the Parisian social life
• Account of how Bizet conceived Carmen and how the first desastruous representations led to his death
• Mario Bois, a major figure of music, keeps on producing worldwide

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