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Who is the greatest Swiss of them all?

By Mark Cousins   July 2001

If you were born before 1945, were brought up in a city, had a good education and were a moviegoer, there is a good chance that a certain Swiss cineaste shook you up. You probably started seeing films in the 1950s when the movie theatres were swamped with stories and ideas from the America of Eisenhower. You may have noticed that some of these apparently conformist films were inclined to hysteria, aesthetic excess and rage, and that they were directed by Nicholas Ray, Vincente Minnelli and Sam Fuller.

The Swiss man saw these films too. He wrote about them in…

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