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Title: Saving Robert De Niro: Jean Reno as Francophone All-American Action Hero
Author(s): Johnston, Cristina
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Keywords: Jean Reno
transatlantic cinema
action films
Motion pictures Europe
Motion pictures Social aspects France.
Clichés in motion pictures
Clichés France
Issue Date: 2007
Date Deposited: 17-Feb-2009
Citation: Johnston C (2007) Saving Robert De Niro: Jean Reno as Francophone All-American Action Hero. Studies in European Cinema, 4 (3), pp. 167-176.
Abstract: This article examines the complexities of both French and American transnational identities as portrayed onscreen by Jean Reno. The significance of the particular elements of French and American culture and identity which feature at the heart of Reno’s roles in three films (Mission: Impossible, Godzilla, and Ronin) is analysed in an attempt to illustrate that, while feeding on national and cultural stereotype, the overall persona that emerges is one inescapably in dialogue with both Atlantic coasts, rather than one which engages with the somewhat simplistic binary backdrop of French anti-Americanism and American francophobia. This transcultural dialogue is further discussed through brief analysis of Reno’s onscreen relationship with the major American box office stars of these three films, namely Tom Cruise, Matthew Broderick, and Robert de Niro. What emerges from these two parallel strands of analysis is a multilayered, transnational screen persona, at once embedded in and breaking with transatlantic clichés.
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