Dont Look Back

Author: Keith Beattie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1844577635
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Dont Look Back, a documentary film of Bob Dylan's 1965 England tour, is recognised as a landmark work in the field of documentary film-making, contributing to the cultural life of an era. This text examines the aesthetic, thematic and social dynamics of the film in order to elucidate how and why it was a groundbreaking piece of documentary cinema.

Cleo de 5 a 7

Author: Steven Ungar
Publisher: British Film Institute
ISBN: 9781844571765
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Cléo de 5 à 7, Agnes Varda's classic 1962 work depicts, in near real-time, ninety minutes in the life of Cléo, a young woman in Paris awaiting the results of medical tests that she fears will confirm a fatal condition. The film, whose visual beauty matches its evocation of early-Fifth Republic Paris, was a major point of reference for the French New Wave despite the fact that Varda never considered herself a member of the core Cahiers du cinéma group of critics-turned- film-makers. Ungar provides a close reading of the film and situates it in its social, political and cinematic contexts, tracing Varda's early career as a student of art history and as a photographer, the history of post-war French film, and the lengthy Algerian war to which Cléo's health concerns and ambitions to become a pop singer make her more or less oblivious. His study is the first to set a reading of Cléo's formal and technical complexity alongside an analysis of its status as a visual document of its historical moment.

La dolce vita

Author: Richard Dyer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1844579468
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La dolce vita has been a phenomenon since before it was made, a scandal in the making and on release and a reference point ever since. Much of what made it notorious was its incorporation of real people, events and lifestyles, making it a documentation of its time. It uses performance, camera movement, editing and music to produce a striking aesthetic mix of energy and listlessness, of exuberance and despair. This study will consider each of these aspects of the film – phenomenon, document, aesthetic – and argue that they are connected

Don t Look Now

Author: Mark Sanderson
Publisher: British Film Institute
ISBN: 9781844575152
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Don't Look Now, released in 1973, confirmed director Nicolas Roeg as one of the most stylish and innovative British directors of the postwar period. Adapted from a short story by Daphne du Maurier, it is both a complex study of how people come to terms with grief and a chilling tale of murder set among the canals and churches of Venice. Featuring telling performances by Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland as the couple whose daughter has tragically died, Don't Look Now depicts the way in which the macabre and the everyday are intertwined. In his lucid, subtle account, Mark Sanderson describes the collaboration between director and actors that sustained the film's emotional richness. He returns to du Maurier's original text and to the traditions of Gothic writing that underpin Don't Look Now's combination of horror, melodrama and black comedy. Sanderson examines the film's intricate visual style, uncovering the way in which particular motifs are used to amplify its depiction of two terrible deaths. He finds compensation for the film's grimly fatalistic view of life in its celebration of sexual relationships and the power of recollection. The book includes an exclusive and in-depth interview with Roeg as well as rare and unpublished comments from Christie. In his foreword to this special edition, published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the BFI Film Classics series, Jason Wood places Don't Look Now in the context of Roeg's film-making careeer, and draws upon Roeg's revealing insights into the film's production.

Chinatown

Author: Mick Eaton
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0851705324
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Back to the Future

Author: Andrew Shail
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1844572935
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Back to the Future was the top-grossing film of 1985 and winner of the 1986 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture. This fascinating study places the film in the historical context of the Reagan era, the “New New Hollywood,” and director Robert Zemeckis’s filmmaking career. Among the major themes explored are time travel and the potential and pitfalls of science and atomic energy. The book also considers teen culture in the 1980s and the 1950s, depicted in the film as a period in which traditional “American” values and gender roles contrasted sharply with the more troubled decade from which Marty McFly begins his time-traveling adventures. Includes 60 color stills from the movie.

The Wizard of Oz

Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0851703003
Format: PDF
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For Rushdie The Wizard of Oz is more than a children's film, and more than a fantasy. It's a story "whose driving force is the inadequacy of adults," in which the "weakness of grown-ups forces children to take control of their own destinies."

The Maltese Touch of Evil

Author: Shannon Scott Clute
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1611680476
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Part thinking-man s fan crush, part crazily inspired remix of the most beloved of film genres, this book will force scholars and film lovers alike to view film noir afresh"

The Manchurian Candidate

Author: Greil Marcus
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0851709311
Format: PDF
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Greil Marcus casts his unique critical eye on this headlong fall through the looking-glass of American politics and what he claims to be the most deeply prophetic film of the second half of the American century.

Star Wars

Author: Will Brooker
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1844575543
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The release of Star Wars in 1977 marked the start of what would become a colossal global franchise. Star Wars remains the second highest-grossing film in the United States, and George Lucas's six-part narrative has grown into something more: a culture that goes far beyond the films themselves, with tie-in toys, novels, comics, games and DVDs as well as an enthusiastic fan community which creates its own Star Wars fictions. Critical studies of Star Wars have treated it as a cultural phenomenon, or in terms of its special effects, fans and merchandising, or as a film that marked the end of New Hollywood's innovation and the birth of the blockbuster. Will Brooker's illuminating study of the film takes issue with many of these commonly-held ideas about Star Wars. He provides a close analysis of Star Wars as a film, carefully examining its shots, editing, sound design, cinematography and performances. Placing the film in the context of George Lucas's previous work, from his student shorts to his 1970s features, and the diverse influences that shaped his approach, from John Ford to Jean-Luc Godard, Brooker argues that Star Wars is not, as Lucas himself has claimed, a departure from his earlier cinema, but a continuation of his experiments with sound and image. He reveals Lucas's contradictory desires for total order and control, embodied by the Empire, and for the raw energy and creative improvisation of the Rebels. What seemed a simple fairy-tale becomes far more complex when we realise that the director is rooting for both sides; and this tension unsettles the saga as a whole, blurring the boundaries between Empire and Republic, dark side and light side, father and son.