Category: Film Criticism

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (BFI Modern Classics)

Werner Herzog's Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979) is usually referred to as a minor paintings, regardless of the film's towering crucial functionality via Klaus Kinski. yet during this booklet, we see Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht as one of many masterpieces of the hot German Cinema, a movie that indicates all of Herzog's depression and pessimistic romanticism in addition to his spirituality and technical aptitude. tailored from Bram Stoker's Dracula, and aware of an previous German model of that very same novel, Herzog's movie, with its terrifying coda within which the reincarnated fiend rides out into the area, could be the main compelling reveal remedy of the vampire myth.
 
Beginning with Stoker's publication and the nineteenth-century obsession with vampires, S. S. Prawer is going directly to discover the evolution of Herzog's occupation. to accomplish a entire account of Nosferatu, Prawer describes the film's creation background in addition to the cultural and aesthetic elements that mix to such strong impression: the ability of the actors; the money owed to romanticism and to Murnau; using song by means of Wagner, Gounod, and Florian Fricke; and the film's many outstanding, haunting images.

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Artists in the Audience: Cults, Camp, and American Film Criticism.

By Greg Taylor

Gone with the Wind an concept for the yank avant-garde? Mickey Mouse a vital resource for the improvement of state of the art highbrow and aesthetic rules? As Greg Taylor indicates during this witty and provocative e-book, the belief isn't really so far-fetched. one of many first-ever reports of yankee movie feedback, Artists within the Audience exhibits that movie critics, starting within the Forties, became to the flicks as uncooked fabric to be molded right into a extra radical modernism than that provided via the other modern artists or thinkers. In doing so, they provided readers a leading edge replacement that reshaped postwar American tradition: nonaesthetic mass tradition reconceived and refashioned into wealthy, in my view appropriate paintings by way of the attuned, inventive spectator.

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Seeing Is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties

By Peter Biskind

Seeing is Believing is a provocative, smart, witty examine the Hollywood fifties videos all of us love-or like to hate-and the thousand sophisticated methods they replicate the political tensions of the last decade. Peter Biskind, former government editor of most well known, is one in all our such a lot astute cultural critics. right here he concentrates at the motion pictures all people observed yet not anyone rather appeared at--classics like Giant, On the Waterfront, Rebel with out a Cause, and Invasion of the physique Snatchers--and exhibits us how videos that seem to be politically blameless actually hold an ideological burden. As we see association males and rugged individualists, housewives and profession ladies, police officers and medical professionals, youngster angels and teen werewolves struggle it out around the display from suburbia to the farthest reaches of the cosmos, we needless to say we have now been gazing one lengthy dispute approximately the best way to be a guy, a lady, an American--the conflicts of the interval in motion.

A paintings of exceptional research and meticulous conception, Seeing Is Believing bargains attention-grabbing insights into the way to learn movies of any period.

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Bringing Up Baby (BFI Film Classics)

By Peter Swaab

Directed by means of Howard Hawks in 1938, Bringing Up Baby is without doubt one of the nice screwball comedies and a treasure from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Cary furnish performs a naive and repressed professor who turns into entangled with (and ensnared by way of) a willful heiress performed through Katharine Hepburn. Chaos ensues as romance blossoms and never one yet leopards are set free in verdant Connecticut. in addition to being a completely American fiction of the 1930s, citing Baby additionally has a classical comedian narrative, exploring conflicts among civilization and nature, rationality and madness or eccentricity, middle-class inhibitions and aristocratic blitheness. it truly is an anthology of comedian forms and units, and essentially the most seductively humorous movies ever made.

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Far From Heaven (BFI Film Classics)

By John Gill

Cathy is the proper ‘50s housewife, dwelling definitely the right ‘50s lifestyles: with fit little ones, a profitable husband, and social prominence. Then one evening she surprises her husband Frank, as he's kissing one other guy, and her tidy international starts off spinning uncontrolled. In her confusion and grief, she unearths comfort within the friendship in their African-American gardener, Raymond—a socially taboo courting that results in the extra disintegration of existence as she knew it. regardless of Cathy and Frank’s fight to maintain their marriage afloat, the truth of his homosexuality and her emotions for Raymond open a painful, if extra sincere, bankruptcy of their lives.

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The Innocents (BFI Film Classics)

Jack Clayton's gothic masterpiece The Innocents, notwithstanding now not a advertisement good fortune on its unencumber in 1961, has been hailed as one of many maximum mental thrillers of all time. Dividing reviewers with its ambiguous depiction of ghosts, the movie ignited a debate concerning the aesthetics of horror which nonetheless rages today.

In this stimulating advent to The Innocents, Sir Christopher Frayling lines the movie from its genesis within the unique novel The flip of The Screw via Henry James, through modern serious contexts and William Archibald's 1950 level version of an identical identify, to the screenplay through William Archibald, Truman Capote and John Mortimer. Drawing on unpublished fabric from Jack Clayton's archive – together with Capote's handwritten drafts for the movie – and interviews with Deborah Kerr, Freddie Francis, and John Mortimer, Frayling explores how this vintage ghost tale got here to existence on reveal.

This specific variation beneficial properties unique disguise paintings via Matthew younger.

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Pepe le Moko (BFI Film Classics)

By Ginette Vincendeau

Pépé le Moko (1937), directed through Julien Duvivier from the radical by way of Roger Ashelle and starring Jean Gabin, is the epitome of 1930's French cinema. It tells the tale of the glamorous gangster Pepe, trapped within the Casbah in Algiers. This hugely romantic and atmospheric mystery used to be the most important to the improvement of French movie noir and encouraged a couple of remakes and plenty of imitations. Vincendeau's meticulous research, written in a full of life and obtainable sort, areas Pépé le Moko in its aesthetic, established and cultural contexts.

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Boudu Saved from Drowning (Boudu Sauve Des Eaux) (BFI Film Classics)

By Richard Boston

Boudu is considered one of Jean Renoir's masterpieces and contours Michel Simon's functionality because the disreputable tramp rescued from the river. it really is mentioned right here by way of Richard Boston, video critic of The Guardian. The booklet includes a short construction heritage and exact filmography.

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The Classical Hollywood Reader

The Classical Hollywood Reader brings jointly crucial readings to supply a heritage of Hollywood from the 1910s to the mid Sixties.

Following on from a Prologue that discusses the classy features of Classical Hollywood movies, half 1 covers the interval among the 1910s and the mid-to-late Nineteen Twenties. It offers with the arrival of feature-length movies within the US and the becoming nationwide and foreign dominance of the firms accountable for their construction, distribution and exhibition. In doing so, it additionally bargains with movie making practices, facets of favor, the altering roles performed by means of girls in an more and more business-oriented setting, and the various audiences within the US for which Hollywood sought to cater.

Part 2 covers the interval among the arriving of sound within the mid Nineteen Twenties and the beginnings of the loss of life of the `studio process` in overdue Forties. In doing so it bargains with the effect of sound on motion pictures and picture construction within the US and Europe, the following influence of the melancholy and international warfare II at the and its audiences, the expansion of unions, and the jobs performed via creation managers and picture stars on the peak of the studio period.

Part three offers with elements of favor, censorship, expertise, and movie creation. It contains articles at the creation Code, tune and sound, cinematography, and the usually missed subject of animation.

Part four covers the interval among 1946 and 1966. It offers with the loss of life of the studio approach and the appearance of self sufficient construction. In an period of demographic and social swap, it appears to be like on the development of drive-in theatres, the impression of tv, the arrival of latest applied sciences, the expanding significance of foreign markets, the Hollywood blacklist, the increase in artwork apartment imports and in abroad creation, and the eventual death of the creation Code.

Designed specially for classes on Hollywood Cinema, the Reader incorporates a variety of newly researched and written chapters and a chain of introductions to every of its components. It concludes with an epilogue, an inventory of assets for extra examine, and an in depth bibliography.

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