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The title of the film itself points to the divine nature of art and, if reversed, curiously gives us 'Avid', synonymously emphasising the greed of the art pirates. 12 It can be seen to fulfil three functions: it is a further episode in the exploration of metropolitan space and reinforces the element of claustration in a film that plays upon the contrast between open and closed spaces, a decor of lift shafts and underground parking lots juxtaposed with spacious lofts, empty stages and wide open vistas.

Title : Spaces in European Cinema Intellect European Studies Series (Unnumbered) author : Konstantarakos, Myrto. publisher : Intellect Books isbn10 | asin : 1841500046 print isbn13 : 9781841500041 ebook isbn13 : 9780585268736 language : English subject Motion pictures--Setting and scenery--Europe. S4S63 2000eb ddc : 791 subject : Motion pictures--Setting and scenery--Europe. Page i Spaces in European Cinema Edited by Myrto Konstantarakos Page ii intellect European Studies Series General Editor Keith Cameron Humour and History Keith Cameron (ed) The Nation: Myth or Reality?

Later, another song with English words is sung by a black singer, functioning as a diatribe against television, 'which takes our strength away', and preferring life as 'a mystery and I like it', a Page 17 sentiment which the hero himself has discovered underground. The heroine, with newfound freedom, flouts convention by going to a bourgeois dinner party sporting an alarming coiffure which she describes as 'Iroquois'; at the same time she behaves oddly, pretends to speak and gesture like a Red Indian, and ultimately insults the hostess: 'Votre dîner est nul, votre baraque est nulle' ('Your dinner stinks and so does your house').

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