Nick Hammond

Nick Hammond, reader in French at Cambridge University, regularly writes reviews for The Times Literary Supplement and is a former member of the Birmingham Symphony Chorus under the baton of Simon Rattle. His most recent books are Denis Sanguin de Saint-Pavin: Poésies (Classiques Garnier), The Cambridge History of French Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2011, as co-editor) and Gossip, Sexuality and Scandal in France 1610-1715 (Peter Lang, 2011).

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Ghosts of Lovers Past

November 13, 2019 | By Nick Hammond | Film

Although not born in the city, Christophe Honoré has become the quintessential Parisian film director. Many of his movies (such as Dans Paris and my particular favorite, Les Chansons d’Amour) are set in very recognizable locations around the city. His … Read More

Le Daim

French Davy Crockett Goes Berserk

July 24, 2019 | By Nick Hammond | Film

When a French movie is described as a “comedy” and has a July release date in Paris, it almost invariably means that (1) it’s a generic film about a chaotic summer holiday with families/groups of mature male friends/bands of teens … Read More

Le Grand Bain

A Plunge into Implausibility

January 9, 2019 | By Nick Hammond | Film

Isn’t it just typical? You wait so long for a film about a middle-aged male synchronized swimming team, then two come along at once. In Britain, Swimming with Men, starring comedian Rob Bryden, has received middling reviews (“likably daft,” said … Read More

Sauvage

Wild Child

September 26, 2018 | By Nick Hammond | Film

We may all have had our fill of movies about a tart with a heart, but Sauvage is something different. The central character, Léo (Félix Maritaud), is a 22-year-old gay male prostitute who, despite being obliged to perform degrading acts … Read More