An obvious side-by-side comparison by Catherine Grant, using images from BRIEF ENCOUNTER (David Lean, 1945) and CAROL (Todd Haynes, 2015), and the sound from the official trailer for CAROL, featuring the song ‘My Foolish Heart’ (music by Victor Young/lyrics by Ned Washington, sung by Margaret Whiting, 1950). For another recent video essay on BRIEF ENCOUNTER please visit https://www.caboosebooks.net/node/150. For further video essays on films by Todd Haynes, see (on SAFE): vimeo.com/67203493; and on FAR FROM HEAVEN: vimeo.com/78526414.
Film Studies For Free wishes its readers a very happy new year! It celebrates the beginning of the year with an auspicious round up of publications that went online either in the last few days of 2015, or in the first days of 2016.
NEW JOURNAL ISSUES
- To Program is to Write Film History by Peter von Bagh
- Bette Davis: None But the Lonely Heart by Murielle Joudet
- Bits of Business: The American Films of Max Ophüls by Joe McElhaney
- Black Skin, White Light by James Harvey-Davitt
- Montage-at-a-Distance, or: A Theory of Distance by Artavazd Pelechian
- Fragments of Dirk Lauwaert
- ‘The Child That I Was’: Knight of Cups by Pierre Berthomieu
- Wang Bing’s ‘Til Madness Do Us Part: An Apprenticeship in Seeing by Joseph Mai
- Interplay: (Re)Finding and (Re)Framing Cinematic Experience, Film Space, and the Child’s World by Catherine Grant
- Introduction to ‘Nouvelle Vague Manifesto’ by Aaron Gerow
- Nouvelle Vague Manifesto; or, How I Became a Disciple of Philippe Garrel by Toyama Shinji
This issue of LOLA will be rolled out in two stages. Soon to come: articles on The Smell of Us, Eden, Youth (Shoval), recent Spanish cinema, film criticism, and Alexandre Astruc/Bernard Stiegler …
[in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, 2.4, 2015
A special peer-reviewed issue co-edited by Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell, featuring five of the videos that emerged from the June 2015 workshop Scholarship in Sound & Image, hosted at Middleburg College, U.S.A., and generously funded by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities.
- Fembot in a Red Dress [on the cultural trope of the “lady in red” as it evolved from the genre of film noir to science fiction and from the human to the artificial female] by Allison de Fren with reviews by Kevin B. Lee and Elana Levine.
- Sight and Sound Conspire: Monstrous Audio-Vision in James Whale’s Frankenstein by Shane Denson with reviews by Steven Shaviro and Drew Morton
- A Homeless Ghost: The Moving Camera and its Analogies by Patrick Keating with reviews by Kristin Thompson and Matt Zoller Seitz
- Success [on Diana Ross and Beyoncé] by Jaap Kooijman with reviews by Richard Dyer and Chiara Grizzaffi
- Encounters [on New Argentine Cinema] by Michael Talbott with reviews by Austin Fisher and Michael Koresky
- Use No Hooks: Maurice Pialat / Manny Farber Adrian Martin
- Only in Dreams: The Big Sleep and Hollywood Fantasy Nathaniel Deyo
- Déjà Vu: Textures of Time Steen Ledet Christiansen
Moments of Texture
- Introduction Lucy Fife Donaldson
- Brokeback Mountain: A Toast Adam O'Brien
- Reading Space in Cracker Lucy Fife Donaldson
- Passing Time in Frances Ha James Zborowski
The Best Years of Our Lives: A Dossier
- Introduction James MacDowell
- Among My Souvenirs: Couples, Conventions and the America to Come in The Best Years of Our Lives Nicolas Pillai
- Performance and Style in The Best Years of Our Lives Sarah Thomas
- Black Extras in The Best Years of Our Lives Steve Neale
- Viewing the World in Till the End of Time Edward Gallafent
- Découpage (Timothy Barnard) Douglas Pye
Also at MOVIE, new entries in its series of open access ebooks - monographs which originally appeared in the series Close-Up (Wallflower Press, 2006-09). These are free to download, and are available in epub and mobi formats.
Filmmakers' Choices - John Gibbs
Filmmakers’ Choices explores different areas of decision-making within filmmaking, focusing on each in the analysis of a film. The discussion of Talk to Her(Pedro Almodóvar, 2002) examines the detailed construction of point of view; the account of Lured (Douglas Sirk, 1947) reflects on narrative structure and the creative possibilities of coincidence. Other films under investigation include Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992), The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls, 1949) and Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992).
Movies and Tone - Douglas Pye
The concept of tone gestures towards some of the most crucial issues for film analysis – the relationships of a movie to its material, its traditions and its spectator – and yet tone has had a very limited place in film theory and criticism. This study asks how tonal qualities within a film can be identified, exploring the decisions which lead to our grasp of tone as a dimension of meaning that is both informing and subject to moment-by-moment modulation. Discussion centres on The Deer Hunter, Desperately Seeking Susan, Strangers on a Train, Distant Voices, Still Lives and Some Came Running.
The Police Series - Jonathan Bignell
This study focuses on television style in the US police series. Chapters closely analyse the mise-en-scène of programmes in the 1980-2003 period including Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, NYPD Blue, Homicide: Life on the Street and CSI. Through the detailed investigation of changing aesthetics in the police series, Bignell addresses critical issues around style and ideology, ‘quality’, genre, programme brands and authorship in US television.
Reading Buffy - Deborah Thomas
In this book Joss Whedon’s acclaimed television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is seen not just to create a richly detailed and satisfying fictional world, but to be an abundant source of complex meanings. Several aspects of Buffy are examined: its visual intelligence, the playful sophistication of its narrative strategies, and the interest the series takes in its relationship with its many fans.
Further new articles now online at Film-Philosophy, Vol 19 (2015)
- Voiding Cinema: Subjectivity Beside Itself, or Unbecoming Cinema in Enter the Void PDF William Brown, David H. Fleming
- A Blueprint for (Im)possible Places: Narrative Crisis in Antonioni's L'Eclisse (1962) PDF Dennis Lo
- Love's Old Song Will Be New: Deleuze, Busby Berkeley and Becoming-Music PDF Steven Pustay
- The Battle for Moral Supremacy in There Will Be Blood and Unforgiven PDF Elena Woolley
- A Phenomenological Approach to Donnie Darko PDF Alex E. Blazer
- Monstrosity and the Not-Yet: Edward Scissorhands via Ernst Bloch and Georg Simmel PDF Craig Hammond
- Consumerism, Aristotle and Fantastic Mr. Fox PDF
- Matt Duncan
- Representative Men: Moral Perfectionism, Masculinity and Psychoanalysis in Good Will Hunting PDF Anna Cooper
- 'Let me see her face when he kisses her, please': Mediating Emotion and Locating the Melodramatic Mode in Stella Dallas PDF Ilka Brasch
- Derridean Blackmail in The Big Sleep: Allegorizing the Unfixable Mirages of Photography, Film and Criticism PDF Christopher D. Morris
- The Image of a Mind-Skull: Samuel Beckett’s ...but the clouds... and Television-Philosophy PDF Atene Mendelyte
Issue 77 of Senses of Cinema
Including: a dossier entitled CHANTAL AKERMAN: LA PASSION DE L’INTIME / AN INTIMATE PASSION; a dossier entitled THE LEGACY OF PIER PAOLO PASOLINI; a dossier entitled AUSTRALIAN FILM HISTORY; and the following feature articles:
- A Homeland Swansong: Apichatpong Weerasethakul on Cemetery of Splendour by Amir Ganjavie
- The Poetry of Light and Dark: Luciano Tovoli and Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977) by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
- Obsessions, Imitations & Subversions, Part Two – on Imitation of Life by Tom Ryan
- A Tale of Two Suzannes: À nos amours (1983) and Suzanne (2013) by Maria San Filippo
- Filming without Predetermined Results: Henner Winckler and the Berlin School by Marco Abel
- Musical Peace-Pact: Sound and Music in Heinosuke Gosho’s The Neighbour’s Wife and Mine (1931) by Ramin S. Khanjani
- An Inn in Tokyo and Mr. Thank You Seen through the Lens of Bazinian Realism by David Hanley
- Individualism in the Land of the Rising Sun: Youth and Rebellion on the Cusp of the Japanese New Wave by Frédéric St-Hilaire
- The Tragic Hero as Drifter in Yoji Yamada’s Films by Hiranmoy Lahiri
- Anxiety in a Technological World: Tetsuo: the Iron Man by Robert Fuoco
TONI D'ANGELA / No theory, just movies: le dehors
BRUCE BAILLIE / PAUL SHARITS
- BENJAMIN LÉON / L'image rayée ou le médium ouvert : cadre absorbant et cadre projectif (Barnett Newman, Paul Sharits, Mona Hatoum)
PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON
- NATASHA EVES & MANUEL RAMOS-MARTINEZ, ANDREA FRANCO, TONI D'ANGELA / Psychic Drving (William E. Jones), Sound of a Million Insects, Light of a Thousand Stars (Tomonari Nishikawa) / Vivir para Vivir (Laida Lertxundi) / Circumstantial Pleasure (Lewis Klahr) / Scales in the Spectrum of Space (Fern Silva)
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- MELINDA TOEN / Cinéma, langue et histoire dans le cinéma de Pier Paolo Pasolini: le rêve d’une chose
ASSORTED OTHER LINKS
- In Artforum, a wonderfully informative articles by Babette Mangolte, Chantal Akerman's cinematographer and collaborator, and by Kathy Halbreich, associate director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
- Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman... Is a True Action Movie, a video essay by Adam Cook RIP Vilmos Zsigmond, legendarily brilliant cinematographer (including for McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye, Deliverance, The Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He also worked on Obsession, Blow Out, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Black Dahlia, The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, and many more films besides). Here is a 70 minute long masterclass with Zsigmond at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival:
- David Hudson's brilliant round up of the highlights of 2015 for Keyframe Daily, Fandor.
- The Cinematologists podcast (Dario Llinares and Neil Fix), Episode 17: Interview with Catherine Grant
- Tony Zhou's latest video essay on Bong Joon-ho's 2003 film MEMORIES OF MURDER, and the craft of ensemble staging.
- Excellent essay by Patricia White on on Todd Haynes' CAROL
- Monica Nolan, 'The Films of Patricia Highsmith: Everyone is Guilty' PDF Projection: 85 Years of the Projection Booth in Movies - a video essay
- An introduction to the psychoanalytic-film theory based video essay work of Ian Magor
- Quentin Tarantino's Visual References, a video essay by Jacob T. Swinney
- Psycho - And Cut, an intriguing video essay by Jop Leuven.
- Interesting video essay work at this YouTube channel from VIDEOSTORE REVIEW: "A series of retro movie reviews from the video store era."
- Kevin B. Lee's guide to "77 Video Essays (and 30 Standouts) of 2015" @Fandor http://fan.do/r/3da