Brian by Cooper, Jeremy

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Author: Cooper, Jeremy

Films, cinema

Published on 24 May 2023 by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom.

Paperback | 184 pages
128 x 197 x 20 | 246g

Perennially on the outside, Brian has led a solitary life; he works at Camden Council, lunches every day at Il Castelletto cafe and then returns to his small flat on Kentish Town Road. It is an existence carefully crafted to avoid disturbance and yet Brian yearns for more. A visit one day to the BFI brings film into his life, and Brian introduces a new element to his routine: nightly visits to the cinema on London's South Bank. Through the works of Yasujiro Ozu, Federico Fellini, Agnes Varda, Yilmaz Guney and others, Brian gains access to a rich cultural landscape outside his own experience, but also achieves his first real moments of belonging, accepted by a curious bunch of amateur film buffs, the small informal group of BFI regulars. A tender meditation on friendship and the importance of community, Brian is also a tangential work of film criticism, one that is not removed from its subject matter, but rather explores with great feeling how art gives meaning to and enriches our lives.