Category: Film Criticism

Shadows (BFI Film Classics)

By Raymond Carney

This is a research of the movie Shadows, directed via John Cassavetes. The movie tells the tale of 3 beatnik siblings residing jointly. during this booklet, Carney addresses how the movie offers with racial issues, despite the director wishing it to be a human movie involved to rescue the "small emotions" of life.

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City Lights (BFI Film Classics)

In 1967, Charlie Chaplin advised an interviewer, "I imagine i love City Lights the simplest of all my films." talking of the film's recognized finishing, James Agee wrote that "it is sufficient to shrivel the center to see." even if City Lights had a protracted and very tricky construction heritage, the ultimate movie, in Alistair Cooke's apt phrases, flows "like water over pebbles, delicate and easy for all to work out without trace of the groaning strain that had long past into it." it can simply were differently. Chaplin all started the movie in 1927, even sooner than the discharge of The Circus, simply months after a hugely publicized divorce from his moment spouse and a tax dispute with the U.S. executive, either one of which rate him dearly. moreover, Chaplin's mom, with whom he had a detailed and intricate dating, died in August 1928. in addition to the load of those monetary and emotional lines, Chaplin additionally needed to deal with the transition of the yankee movie to the talkies and the downward spiral of the melancholy following the inventory marketplace Crash in October 1929. He selected a amateur actress, Virginia Cherrill, because the woman lead for the movie, and through construction he fired the fellow initially forged because the millionaire and fired, then re-hired, Cherrill. but he pressed ahead, liberating the movie to a lot acclaim and box-office luck within the first months of 1931. Aesthetically, technologically, and culturally, City Lights is a key transitional movie in Chaplin's physique of labor, because the director/writer/actor answered for the 1st time to sound movies and stepped towards the social statement that will turn into extra overt in Modern Times (1936) and The nice Dictator (1940). in keeping with wide archival learn of Chaplin's construction documents, Charles Maland's City Lights bargains a cautious historical past of the film's creation and reception, in addition to an in depth exam of the movie itself, with designated recognition to the resources of the ultimate scene's emotional energy.

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Do the Right Thing (BFI Modern Classics)

By Ed Guerrero

This textual content discusses how the movie, "Do the proper factor" epitomises Spike Lee's robust influence at the illustration of race and distinction in the USA, the growth of black film-making and the increase of multicultural voices within the media, and the way it confonts institutional discrimination head on.

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Victim (BFI Film Classics)

Victim (1961) was once a landmark movie, not just for Dirk Bogarde in taking up the position of the title’s sufferer - the gay barrister who takes at the blackmailers who prey on homosexual males - but additionally within the own lives of many that went to work out the movie. Its message concerning the desire for society to take away, through decriminalization, a way of persecuting a selected minority was once one with which Bogarde pointed out absolutely, yet may possibly, for seen purposes, champion in basic terms via a piece of fiction. James Mason and Jack Hawkins had became down the function; Bogarde, with extra to lose than both of them, seized it with savour. released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s unlock, John Coldstream’s insightful research addresses the film’s significance within the crusade to decriminalize homosexuality; the contribution of its stars Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms to its emotional effect; and the chance Bogarde took in taking up the principal function.

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The Big Lebowski (BFI Film Classics)

By J.M. Tyree

Since its unencumber approximately ten years in the past, The immense Lebowski has develop into a cult vintage with a world following, having survived the baffled response of many mainstream critics. Its enthusiasts are usually fanatical, congregating at 'Lebowski Conventions' in bowling alleys throughout American and Britain, or even dressing up as characters from the movie. one of the funniest motion pictures of the final twenty-five years, and one of many high-water marks of Nineteen Nineties style recycling and pastiche, The huge Lebowski can also be affected by playful and subversive references to movie historical past, in particular to Raymond Chandler's global of hardboiled detective classics and the area of movie noir. The mammoth Lebowski is the rarest type of movie, a comedy whose jokes turn into funnier with repetition. a similar is going for its multitudinous jukebox-like references to different movies, lots of which open up vistas for intertextual interpretation. beneath the film's breakneck pacing and foul-mouthed characters, a farcical selection of flakes, losers, and phonies, is an incredibly humane account of what fools we mortals be. it truly is one of many oddest blood brother motion pictures ever made, with notable performances via Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. during this research, The vast Lebowski is decided into the context of Nineties Hollywood cinema, anatomised for its witty dating with the classics which it satirises, and mentioned when it comes to its key subject matter: the hopeless flailing of ridiculously unmanly males on this planet of discombobulated, mixed-up, or put-on identities that's la.

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Brief Encounter (BFI Film Classics)

By Richard Dyer

A research of David Lean's "Brief Encounter". during this own account of the movie, Richard Dyer strains its value to post-war movie-goers, and the facility of its enduring attraction. every one quantity within the "BFI movie Classics" sequence features a short creation historical past and an in depth filmography.

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