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Guests, hosts, strangers: Far From Men and Camus' Algerians

Sharpe, Matthew 2017, Guests, hosts, strangers: Far From Men and Camus' Algerians, Film-Philosophy, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 326-348, doi: 10.3366/film.2017.0054.

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Title Guests, hosts, strangers: Far From Men and Camus' Algerians
Formatted title Guests, hosts, strangers: Far From Men and Camus' Algerians
Author(s) Sharpe, MatthewORCID iD for Sharpe, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-8165-5775
Journal name Film-Philosophy
Volume number 21
Issue number 3
Start page 326
End page 348
Total pages 23
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2017-10
ISSN 1466-4615
1466-4615
Keyword(s) Camus
Loin des Hommes/Far from Men
Oelhoffen
The Guest/Host
Algerian crisis
The First Man
Summary I argue that David Oelhoffen's 2014 film Far From Men (Loin des Hommes), while departing from the letter of Camus' 1957 story, “The Guest/Host”, does remarkable cinematic justice to its spirit. Oelhoffen's Daru and the Arab character Mohamed, it is suggested, represent embodiments of Camus’ idealised Algerian “first men”, in the vision Camus was developing in Le Premier Homme at the time of his death in January 1960. Part 1 frames the film in light of Camus’ “The Guest/Host”, and Part 2 frames Camus’ story in light of Camus’ agnonised struggle to come to terms with the Algerian situation. Part 3 makes the case that Oelhoffen's departures from Camus’ original story present in cinematic form Camus’ ideal of a post-colonial, post-ethnic solidarity between people, predicated on the overcoming of all arche-ideological fantasies of untained prelapsarian community.
Language eng
DOI 10.3366/film.2017.0054
Field of Research 220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
1902 Film, Television And Digital Media
2203 Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, Matthew Sharpe
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30104043

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