Film Criticism

Download E-books The Avant-Garde Finds Andy Hardy PDF

By Robert B. Ray

here's a secret: in 1939, while the Hollywood Studio process, on the top of its energy, produced such motion pictures as Gone with the Wind, Ninotchka, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith is going to Washington, and Wuthering Heights, the flicks' number-one box-office allure used to be now not Gable, Garbo, Wayne, Garland, Stewart, or Olivier. In 1939, 1940, and 1941, the most well-liked performer within the American cinema used to be Mickey Rooney, who owed his luck essentially to a low-priced MGM sequence that focused on his personality, Andy Hardy.

here's one other secret: at some point soon some time past decade, movie reports, as soon as the main cutting edge of the arts disciplines, started to harden right into a catechism of predictable questions and solutions. by way of committing itself solely to rational critique, movie reviews left itself overmatched by means of the greatly renowned, seductive, and enigmatic representations that represent the films. And by way of eschewing experimentation with the kinds of feedback, movie reviews mockingly minimize itself off from the hot equipment of study and writing brought on by means of the 20 th century's revolution in communications applied sciences.

Robert Ray's e-book approximately Andy Hardy proposes that other ways of pondering and writing concerning the video clips will be derived from the arts' an identical of science's natural research--the avant-garde arts. Drawing at the Surrealist culture, with its use of video games, likelihood, fragments, anecdotes, and university, Ray invents for movie reports new types of examine that imitate the cognitive conduct inspired via images, desktops, and the cinema itself. In doing so, he unearths that even the Andy Hardy video clips, a regimen fabricated from the Hollywood Studio process, have been, in spite of everything, wealthy and mysterious.

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Download E-books The Tales of Hoffmann (BFI Film Classics) PDF

The stories of Hoffmann (1951) is a different and significant movie, either within the heritage of British cinema and within the background of interdisciplinary art-making. it's the first full-throttle presentation of an opera on monitor: a Technicolor exploration of romance, fable, and failure, extra danced than sung, that reinvents the "total paintings of art."

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Download E-books Olympia (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Taylor Downing

In this new version Taylor Downing presents an indispensible advisor to at least one of the main debatable motion pictures ever made, Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia. Incorporating dialogue of recent fabric and new archival information regarding its improvement, Downing additionally offers a film-maker's insights into the logistical and technical difficulties confronted via the production.

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Download E-books Back to the Future (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Andrew Shail

Back to the Future was once the top-grossing movie of 1985 and the 8th highest-grossing movie of the Nineteen Eighties. It used to be nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for most sensible unique Screenplay in 1986, and received the 1986 People's selection Award for favorite movie. Co-written and directed through Spielberg protégé Robert Zemeckis, it grew to become a landmark of 'New New Hollywood' and has endured to develop in popularity, voted twentieth in Empire magazine's 2006 readers' ballot of the easiest movies of all time. In 2007, the U.S. Library of Congress deemed Back to the Future to be 'culturally, traditionally or aesthetically' major sufficient to be 'preserved all the time' within the nationwide movie Registry. different offerings that yr integrated such classics as The guy Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Now, Voyager (1942), Oklahoma! (1955) and 12 offended Men (1957). 
Andrew Shail and Robin Stoate's examine of the film places it within the old context of Reaganite the United States and the cinematic context of the 'New New Hollywood' and Zemeckis's film-making career. They talk about the film's therapy of time trip and its depiction of the aptitude and pitfalls of technology and of atomic energy. Shail and Stoate give some thought to Back to the Future's attitudes in the direction of youngster tradition of the Nineteen Eighties and the Nineteen Fifties, noticeable within the movie as a interval during which conventional 'American' values and gender roles held sway to the advantage of kin and group existence, unlike the extra decade from which Marty McFly starts off his time-travelling adventures.

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Download E-books Mike Leigh (Contemporary Film Directors) PDF

By Sean O'Sullivan

In this a lot wanted exam of Mike Leigh, Sean O'Sullivan reclaims the British director as a working towards theorist--a filmmaker deeply invested in cinema's formal, conceptual, and narrative dimensions. by contrast with Leigh's winning acceptance as an easy crafter of social realist videos, O'Sullivan illuminates the visible tropes and storytelling investigations that place Leigh as an experimental filmmaker who makes use of the artwork and artifice of cinema to border stories of the typical and the extreme alike.


O'Sullivan demanding situations the existing characterizations of Leigh’s cinema via detailing the complex buildings of his realism, positing his movies now not as obvious files of lifestyles yet as aesthetic changes of it. focusing on the newest twenty years of Leigh’s profession, the research examines how Naked, secrets and techniques and Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake, and different movies have interaction narrative convergence and narrative diffusion, the strain among personality and plot, the interaction of twist of fate and layout, cinema’s dating to different structures of illustration, and the filmic rendering of the human determine. The e-book additionally spotlights such previous, less-discussed works as Four Days in July and The brief and Curlies, illustrating the routine visible and storytelling issues of Leigh’s cinema. With a close filmography, this quantity additionally comprises key choices from O'Sullivan's several interviews with Leigh.


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Download E-books Ride, Boldly Ride: The Evolution of the American Western PDF

By Mary Lea Bandy

This finished examine of the Western covers its historical past from the early silent period to contemporary spins at the style in motion pictures akin to No kingdom for previous Men, There can be Blood, True Grit, and Cowboys & Aliens. whereas supplying clean views on landmarks akin to Stagecoach, Red River, The Searchers, The guy Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Wild Bunch, the authors additionally pay tribute to many under-appreciated Westerns. Ride, Boldly Ride explores significant stages of the Western’s improvement, together with silent period oaters, A-production classics of the Nineteen Thirties and early Nineteen Forties, and the extra psychologically advanced portrayals of the Westerner that emerged after global struggle II. The authors additionally study numerous sorts of genre-revival and genre-revisionism that experience recurred over the last half-century, culminating in particular within the masterworks of Clint Eastwood. they give thought to issues similar to the interior lifetime of the Western hero, the significance of the average panorama, the jobs performed by way of girls, the strain among fable and historical past, the depiction of the local American, and the juxtaposing of comedy and tragedy. Written in transparent, enticing prose, this is often the single survey that encompasses the complete historical past of this long-lived and much-loved genre.

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Download E-books Spirited Away (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Andrew Osmond

Spirited Away, directed via the veteran anime film-maker Hayao Miyazaki, is Japan’s so much profitable movie, and one of many top-grossing ‘foreign language’ movies ever released.  Set in sleek Japan, the movie is a wildly inventive myth, instantly own and universal.  It tells the tale of a listless little woman who stumbles right into a magical global the place gods sit back in a palatial bathhouse; the place there are colossal infants and hard-working soot sprites, and the place a teach runs around the sea. 

Andrew Osmond’s insightful research describes how Miyazaki wrote, storyboarded and directed lively Away with a level of inventive keep an eye on undreamt of in most well liked cinema, utilizing the film’s pleasant, freewheeling visible principles to discover matters starting from own supplier and accountability to what Miyazaki sees because the lamentable kingdom of contemporary Japan.  Osmond unpacks the film’s visible language, which many Western (and a few eastern) audiences locate either appealing and infrequently bewildering.  He lines connections among Spirited Away and Miyazaki’s previous physique of labor, and gives an account of the film’s construction and the artistic ameliorations among Miyazaki and his collaborators, arguing that Spirited Away makes use of the caricature medium to create a compellingly immersive drawn world.

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Download E-books Bringing Up Baby (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Peter Swaab

Directed by means of Howard Hawks in 1938, Bringing Up Baby is likely 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 via) a willful heiress performed by way of 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 varieties and units, and probably the most seductively humorous motion pictures ever made.

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