Film Criticism

Download E-books Bombay (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Lalitha Gopalan

In January 1993 sectarian rioting left thousand Hindus and Muslims useless in Bombay. basically years later Mani Ratnam's audacious Tamil filmBombay (1995) used those occasions as a backdrop to a love tale among a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl. Bombay was condemned through Muslim critics for misrepresentation and used to be embroiled in censorship controversies. those served basically to intensify curiosity and the movie ran to packed homes in India and abroad.

Lalitha Gopolan indicates how Bombay struggles to discover a story that may reconcile communal changes. She appears intimately on the means legitimate censors attempted to alter the movie lower than the impression of strong figures in either the Muslim and the Hindu groups. In occurring to research the aesthetics ofBombay, she indicates how topics of social and gender distinction are rendered via functionality, choreography, music and cinematography. it is a interesting account of a landmark in fresh Indian cinema. 

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Download E-books Film After Film: (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) PDF

By J. Hoberman

One of many world’s so much erudite and unique movie critics at the country of cinema within the post-digital—and post-9/11—age. This witty and allusive booklet, within the kind of vintage movie theorists/critics like André Bazin and Siegfried Kracauer, comprises issues of world cinema’s most crucial figures and flicks, from Lars von Trier and Zia Jiangke to WALL-E, Avatar and Inception.

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Download E-books Film Comment Digital Anthology - Jim Jarmusch PDF

This electronic anthology collects each characteristic, interview, and evaluation movie remark journal has released approximately Jim Jarmusch.

January/February 1985: An interview with Harlan Jacobson, concentrating on his digicam d’Or-winning Stranger Than Paradise and Akron childhood

July/August 1989: Marcia Pally writes approximately secret teach, the darkish finale to Jarmusch’s deadbeat the US triptych

May/June 1992: Jim Jarmusch appears to be like again on his responsible pleasures—the video clips, actors, and administrators that experience obsessed him, from the Marx Brothers and Lee Marvin to The Evil useless and Dolemite

May/June 1996: Jacob Levich discusses the poetics and metaphysics of Jarmusch's allegorical Western, lifeless Man

January/February 2000: Chuck Stephens experiences Ghost puppy

July/August 2005: Chris Norris on damaged vegetation, a story of reminiscence and loss powered by way of deadpan virtuoso invoice Murray

May/June 2009:

Kent Jones extolls the mysterious virtues of the boundaries of keep watch over

Gavin Smith speaks to the director in regards to the free-associative screenwriting and taking pictures options at the back of the bounds of Control

March/April 2014: Amy Taubin experiences purely enthusiasts Left Alive

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Download E-books Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Robert S. C. Gordon

Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette) Vittorio de Sica, 1948 is unarguably one of many basic movies within the background of cinema.  it's also probably the most beguiling, relocating and (apparently) uncomplicated items of narrative cinema ever made. The movie tells the tale of 1 guy and his son, as they seek fruitlessly in the course of the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle; the bicycle which had eventually freed him from the poverty and humiliation of longterm unemployment. 

One of a cluster of notable motion pictures to return out of post-war, post-Fascist Italy after 1945 – loosely labelled ‘neo-realist’ – Bicycle Thieves gained an Oscar in 1949, crowned the 1st Sight and Sound ballot of the simplest movies of all time in 1952 and has been highly influential all through international cinema ever since.  It is still an important aspect of reference for any cinematic engagement with the labyrinthine event of the fashionable urban, the travails of poverty within the modern international, the advanced bond among fathers and sons, and the ability of the digicam to seize anything just like the essence of all of these. 

Robert S. C. Gordon’s BFI movie Classics quantity exhibits how Bicycle Thieves is ripe for re-viewing, for rescuing from its precious prestige as a neo-realist ‘classic’. It seems on the film’s drawn-out making plans and creation background, the colourful and riven context during which it used to be made, and the dynamic geography, geometry and sociology of the movie that resulted. 

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Download E-books Ernst Lubitsch's American Comedy PDF

By William Paul

Ernst Lubitsch was once the most unique minds ever to have labored in Hollywood. This pathbreaking research areas his paintings during this time and relates it to the incomparable period of the thirties and forties, the interval in which his maximum movies seemed. The fascinating, well-written textual content is illustrated via many rigorously chosen creation stills taken both in the course of practice session or real filming.

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Download E-books Danse Macabre PDF

By Stephen King

From the writer of dozens of number one ny occasions bestsellers and the author of many unforgettable videos comes a vibrant, clever, and mawkish trip via 3 many years of horror as skilled throughout the eyes of the most well-liked author within the style. In 1981, years sooner than he sat right down to take on On Writing, Stephen King determined to deal with the subject of what makes horror frightening and what makes terror terrifying. right here, in ten brilliantly written chapters, King gives you one colourful remark after one other concerning the nice tales, books, and flicks that contain the horror genre—from Frankenstein and Dracula to The Exorcist, The Twilight sector, and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers.

With the perception and solid humor his lovers favored in On ?Writing , Danse Macabre is an enjoyably unique travel via Stephen King’s liked global of horror.

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Download E-books Night Mail (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Scott Anthony

Night Mail (1936) is likely one of the best-loved and best-known movies within the canon of British documentary cinema. Bringing jointly the inventive skills of Harry Watt, Basil Wright, WH Auden and Benjamin Britten, the movie gave John Griersona's documentary university its first renowned good fortune. Its collectivist politics and its chiefly modest model of modernism is as redolent of the inter-war age as Agatha Christie, Penguin Books or The Shell publications. however it used to be additionally a company promo, a part of a exposure crusade initiated by means of Clement Attlee to stave off put up workplace part-privatisation and to enhance the morale of postal staff. Scott Anthonya's examine offers a full of life appreciation of this brilliant, witty and sometimes simply undeniable eccentric masterpiece. In doing so he uncovers the notable tales of civic-minded idealism, artistic intrigue and political trickery that underpin this vintage documentary.

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