Category: Film Criticism

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (BFI Film Classics)

By Andrew M. Butler

From Amazon: "An speedy cult vintage, Michel Gondry's everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless brain used to be either a serious and advertisement good fortune. Andrew M. Butler delves into the film's primary subject matters and creation methods, together with the intertwined careers of Gondry and Kaufman, the film's a variety of genres, its psychoanalytic points, and its debt to Philip ok. Dick."

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Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (New York Review Books Collection)

By Ian Buruma

Winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the artwork of the Essay.

Ian Buruma is interested, he writes, “by what makes the human species behave atrociously.” In Theater of Cruelty the acclaimed writer of The Wages of Guilt and Year 0: A heritage of 1945 once back turns to global battle II to discover that question—to the Nazi profession of Paris, the Allied bombing of German towns, the overseas controversies over Anne Frank’s diaries, Japan’s militarist intellectuals and its kamikaze pilots.

One manner that humans reply to energy and cruelty, Buruma argues, is thru paintings, and the paintings that the majority pursuits him finds the darkish impulses underneath the veneer of civilized habit. this can be what attracts him to German and jap artists equivalent to Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mishima Yukio, and Yokoo Tadanori, in addition to to filmmakers akin to Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, and Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. All have been plagued by fascism and its negative effects; all “looked into the abyss and made artwork of what they saw.”

Whether he's writing during this wide-ranging assortment approximately battle, artists, or film—or approximately David Bowie’s tune, R. Crumb’s drawings, the Palestinians of the West financial institution, or Asian subject parks—Ian Buruma brings sympathetic historic perception and sensible aesthetic judgment to knowing the various ways in which humans care for violence and cruelty in existence and in art.

Theater of Cruelty contains 8 pages of colour and black & white photos.

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Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, The World's Greatest Job

By Christopher Null

*** moment variation that includes NEW fabric, NEW videos, AND NEW studies! released MARCH 2013 *** so that you are looking to be a movie critic and evaluation videos for a dwelling? Veteran movie critic Christopher Null teaches you, step-by-step, how you can holiday into the company with the teachings he is discovered from greater than a decade within the undefined. 5 Stars! will educate you all you want to understand! - comprehend motion picture background and the mechanics of filmmaking - with out the movie snob jargon! - the right way to write a assessment, step-by-step - Get into each motion picture at no cost and not pay to visit the flicks back! - Get loose DVDs - ahead of somebody else! - holiday into specialist writing in newspapers, magazines, and on-line - how one can process editors - from the specialists themselves - construct an viewers on your paintings - Interview celebrities and hang around with the celebs! 5 Stars! is the single publication out there that exhibits you precisely easy methods to turn into a qualified motion picture reviewer, step-by-step! it truly is an absolute must-read for any aspiring movie critic! 264 pages - jam-packed with crucial info!

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Britton on Film: The Complete Film Criticism of Andrew Britton (Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series)

By Andrew Britton

For fifteen years ahead of his premature demise, Andrew Britton produced a physique of undeniably great movie feedback that has been mostly neglected inside educational circles. although Britton's writings are outstanding of their intensity and diversity and are heavily attuned to the nuances of the texts they learn, his humanistic process used to be at odds with general theory-based movie scholarship. Britton on movie demonstrates that Britton's humanism can be his energy, because it offers all of his released writings jointly for the 1st time, together with Britton's persuasive readings of such vital Hollywood movies as Meet Me in St. Louis, Spellbound, and Now, Voyager and of key eu filmmakers corresponding to Sergei Eisenstein, Jean-Luc Godard, and Bernardo Bertolucci.

popular movie pupil and editor Barry Keith supply has assembled all of Britton's released essays of movie feedback and thought for this quantity, spanning the past due Nineteen Seventies to the early Nineties. The essays are prepared by means of subject matter: Hollywood cinema, Hollywood video clips, eu cinema, and picture and cultural idea. In all, twenty-eight essays give some thought to such different movies as Hitchcock's Spellbound, Jaws, The Exorcist, and Mandingo and themes as assorted as formalism, camp, psychoanalysis, imperialism, and feminism. integrated are such recognized and demanding items as "Blissing Out: The Politics of Reaganite leisure" and "Sideshows: Hollywood in Vietnam," one of the such a lot perceptive discussions of those classes of Hollywood background but released. moreover, Britton's opinions of the ideology of display and Wisconsin formalism exhibit his unusual snatch of idea even if arguing opposed to winning severe tendencies.

An advent via influential movie critic Robin wooden, who used to be additionally Britton's instructor and pal, starts this landmark assortment. scholars and lecturers of movie stories in addition to common readers attracted to movie and American pop culture will take pleasure in Britton on Film.

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Cléo de 5 à 7 (BFI Film Classics)

By Steven Ungar

From Amazon: "Cléo de five à 7, Agnes Varda’s vintage paintings of 1962 depicts, in close to genuine time, 90 mins within the lifetime of Cléo, a tender lady in Paris looking forward to the result of clinical exams that she fears will make sure a deadly situation. The movie, whose visible good looks suits its evocation of early 5th Republic Paris, was once an immense element of reference for the French New Wave although Varda, the single significant lady French director of the interval, by no means thought of herself a member of the middle Cahiers du Cinéma crew of critics became filmmakers. Ungar offers a detailed examining of the movie and situates it in its social, political and cinematic context, tracing Varda’s early profession as a pupil of artwork historical past and a photographer, the heritage of post-war French movie, and the long Algerian battle to which Cléo’s healthiness matters and targets to turn into a pop singer make her roughly oblivious. His examine is the 1st to set a analyzing of Cléo’s formal and technical complexity along an research of its prestige as a record of a particular old moment."

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Unforgiven (BFI Modern Classics)

By Edward Buscombe

Unforgiven is devoted to Don Siegel and Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood's cinematic mentors, who symbolize, respectively, the legacy of the vintage Hollywood Western and the novel updating of the style by means of Italian Westerns within the Nineteen Sixties. William Munny, splendidly performed via Eastwood himself, reveals himself faced not just via the bold sheriff Little invoice Daggett (Gene Hackman) but additionally by way of his personal internal demons and the grim realities of violence and dying. On its visual appeal in 1992 the movie proved a well-liked and important luck, securing Academy Awards for top photograph, for Eastwood as Director, for Gene Hackman as top helping Actor, and for Joel Cox as Editor. Unforgiven is Eastwood's final Western so far, and the movie might turn out to be his swan tune in a style he has graced for greater than 40 years. 

Edward Buscombe explores the methods in which Unforgiven, sticking strangely with reference to the unique script through David Webb Peoples, strikes among the necessities of the normal Western, with its frequent conventions of revenge and male bravado, and extra sleek sensitivities. 

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The American Film Industry

A pioneering survey of the industrial historical past of the U.S. movie undefined. selection Upon its unique e-book in 1976, the yankee movie used to be welcomed through movie scholars, students, and fanatics because the first systematic and unified historical past of the yank motion picture undefined. Now this indispensible anthology has been accelerated and revised to incorporate a clean introductory review by way of editor Tino Balio and ten new chapters that discover such themes because the development of exhibition as colossal company, the mode of creation for function motion pictures, the celebrity as industry method, and the altering economics and constitution of latest leisure businesses. the result's a different number of essays, extra finished and present than ever, that finds how the yank motion picture relatively labored in a century of continuing change-from kinetoscopes and the arrival of sound to the famous person approach, Fifties blacklisting, and brand new company empires. Tino Balio is Professor of conversation Arts on the collage of Wisconsin Madison and basic editor of the Wisconsin/Warner Brothers Screenplay sequence. he's the writer of United Artists: the corporate outfitted by means of the celebrities, additionally released through the UW Press, and the coauthor of The historical past of the nationwide Theatre convention

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Once Upon a Time in America (BFI Film Classics)

By Adrian Martin

Detailing the genesis, creation background and diversified models of Once Upon a Time in America, this learn considers the movie in the context of Leone's evolution as a grand cinema stylist. It illuminates his subject matters, strategy and aesthetic, and judges his impression upon next filmmakers.

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