By Jonathan Smith
By Karen Burroughs Hannsberry
Movie noir offers gritty tales and responsible viewing excitement. approximately ninety male actors of vintage movie noir titles of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties are featured during this quantity. The researcher will locate the anticipated (James Cagey, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum), the fewer popular (Morris Carnovsky, Douglas Fowley), and actors who go beyond the style (Kirk Douglas, Alan Ladd). the writer additionally wrote Femme Noir: undesirable women of movie (McFarland, 1988). For the recent quantity, she selected actors who've performed major roles in different movie noir releases, and considered 240 movies with a purpose to describe the plots and characters accurately.
Most of the amount treats those "bad boys" extensive, in A to Z entries starting from 5 to 12 pages in size. own existence tales are intermingled with discussions of movies. whereas the emphasis is on noir, a few movies outdoors the style are mentioned in the event that they are seminal to the actor (e.g., the Andy Hardy sequence for Mickey Rooney). A filmography and bibliography finish each one access. Black-and-white pictures aid the reader establish person actors, a few of whom, comparable to Jay Flippen and Gene Lockhart, may be remembered extra for his or her "mugs" than for his or her monikers. an extra 25 actors are given one-page remedies within the first appendix. one other appendix supplies noteworthy strains, prepared by way of extensive subject similar to "Regarding Dames," "Sizing Up the opposite Guy," and "Penetrating Put-downs" (e.g., Richard Widmark's line "I wouldn't provide the dermis off a grape," from Kiss of Death). Following the overall bibliography, an index lists titles, names, and awards.
Depth instead of breadth is the main to this relaxing reference paintings, on the way to be welcomed via the movie fan in addition to good because the researcher and is suggested for higher movie collections.
By Joseph Mai
For good over a decade, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have produced hugely unique and ethically charged motion pictures that immerse their audiences in an excessive and embodied viewing event. Their paintings has always attracted foreign popularity, together with the infrequent feat of 2 Palmes d'Or at Cannes. during this first book-length research of the Belgian brothers, Joseph Mai gives you refined shut analyses in their directorial kind and explores the various philosophical matters handled of their movies (especially the ethics of Emmanuel Levinas). Mai discusses the Dardennes' various and looking occupation from its inception within the past due Seventies, beginning with the working-class political awareness and misplaced utopias in their documentary interval; passing via their transition towards fictional narrative, experimental strategies, and familial topics; and completing with a sequence of in-depth and philosophically expert interpretations of the brothers' more moderen paintings. In such hugely influential movies comparable to los angeles promesse, Rosetta, The Son, and the kid, the brothers have recast filmmaking via what Mai calls a "sensuous realism"--realism able to touching the viewers with the main compelling difficulties and ethical dilemmas of latest society. This quantity additionally positive factors an interview within which the Dardennes talk about their method of movie construction and the path of actors.
By Thomas Elsaesser
Illustrated city (1925) is a huge paintings. whilst it was once made it used to be Germany's most costly characteristic movie, a canvas for director Fritz Lang's more and more extravagant pursuits (it took 16 months to film). Lang, encouraged through the skyline of recent York, created a complete new imaginative and prescient of towns. one of many maximum works of technological know-how fiction, the movie additionally tells human tales approximately love and family members. during this publication, Thomas Elsaesser explores the cultural phenomenon of city: its diversified models (there is not any definitive one), its altering meanings, its function as a storehouse or database of the twentieth century.
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By Carl R. Green, William R. Sanford, Howard Schroeder
Dr. Frankenstein's monster returns from a pit of liquid sulphur to create new havoc.
By Sebastian Manley
Some of the most major individuals to the yankee self sufficient cinema that built over the overdue Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, Hal Hartley has all through his occupation created movies that defy conference and trap the stranger realities of recent American lifestyles. The Cinema of Hal Hartley seems in any respect of Hartley's movie releases - from cult classics similar to The incredible Truth and Trust to oddball style experiments similar to No Such Thing and Fay Grim to brief motion pictures similar to Opera No. 1 and Accomplice - and makes a case for seeing Hartley as an incredible and winning American auteur, regardless of the director's decline in prestige within the later levels of his profession.
Employing either business and shut textual research, the ebook considers features of Hartley's paintings akin to style, gender and shape, in addition to dimensions some distance much less often mentioned in reports of indie administrators, equivalent to position and cultural identification, supplying a extensive and cutting edge learn of a effective filmmaker who maintains to teach a unique fail to remember for the expectancies of either the mainstream and the indie cinema industries.
By Aga Skrodzka
This can be a serious research of magic realism within the cinema of East relevant Europe. This survey explores the interlocking complexities of 2 techniques: magic realism and East significant Europe. every one is an engaging hybrid that resonates with dominant currents in modern proposal on transnationalism, globalisation, and regionalism. Aga Skrodzka strikes the present debate over magic realism's political influence from literary stories to movie experiences. Her shut textual research of flicks by way of administrators reminiscent of Jan Svankmajer, Jan Jakub Kolski, Martin Sulik, Ivo Trajkov, Dorota Kedzierzawska, Ildiko Enyedi, Bela Tarr and Emir Kusturica is followed via an research of the socio-economic and political context with a view to either learn and popularise a big and distinct culture in global cinema. The directors' creative achievements remove darkness from the connections among a specific aesthetics and the social constitution of East crucial Europe at an exact second of up to date background.
Edited via major professionals at the topic, and bringing jointly a stellar solid of individuals, this precise appraisal of Pedro Almodóvar’s precise cinematic artwork examines the subjects, variety, and aesthetics of his oeuvre and locates it within the context of the profound cultural adjustments in Spain because the 1970s.
• Brings jointly a stellar solid of individuals from around the globe together with famous and demonstrated experts in addition to gifted more youthful scholars
• positive factors contributions through Spanish movie historians, the place reviews of Almodóvar’s paintings were underrepresented within the educational literature
• Deploys new ways to the research of movie authorship by means of exploring contextual matters similar to Almodóvar’s transnational attraction and the political dimensions of his works
• strains the director’s fruitful collaborations within the parts of paintings and layout, type and song
By Guy Austin
This transparent and finished research is the 1st book-length research of Claude Chabrol to be released in English due to the fact 1970. It brings again into concentration an enormous of French cinema, a guy lately defined through the French movie press as "possibly the best dwelling French film-maker." Claude Chabrol has made greater than fifty motion pictures in a profession spanning 40 years. This illuminating account strains the advance of his movie type. It comprises specified analyses of the main movies, an exploration of Chabrol's problem with style, and an understanding of his work's theoretical and political resonance.