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).

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

Tristan und Isolde

The Joys of Tragedy

September 19, 2018 | By Nick Hammond | Music

Some might think that foregoing one of the final days of late-summer sunshine to spend over five hours cooped up in a theater watching Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde demonstrates either an admirable sense of duty or complete madness. When … Read More