M (BFI Film Classics)

By Anton Kaes

This textual content reconnects M to its importance as an occasion in 1931 Germany, recapturing the film's awesome social and symbolic power. Interweaving shut examining with cultural heritage, Anton Kaes reconstitutes M as a modernist art. He additionally analyzes Joseph Losey's 1951 movie noir remake.
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Chick Flicks : Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement

By B. Ruby Rich

If there has been a second in the course of the sixties, seventies, or eighties that modified the heritage of the women’s movie move, B. Ruby wealthy was once there. half journalistic chronicle, half memoir, and a hundred% natural cultural historic odyssey, Chick Flicks—with its definitive, the-way-it-was choice of essays—captures the beginning and progress of feminist movie as no different e-book has done.

For over 3 many years wealthy has been probably the most very important voices in feminist movie feedback. Her presence at movie fairs (such as Sundance, the place she is a member of the choice committee), her movie stories in the Village Voice, Elle, Out, and the Advocate, and her commentaries at the public radio application “The international” have secured her a spot as a principal determine within the outstanding heritage of what she deems “cinefeminism.” within the wish new new release of feminist movie tradition will be revitalized by way of reclaiming its personal historical past, wealthy introduces every one essay with an autobiographical prologue that describes the highbrow, political, and private moments from which the paintings arose. go back and forth, softball, intercourse, and voodoo all by some means healthy right into a publication that incorporates vintage wealthy articles protecting such issues because the antiporn move, the movies of Yvonne Rainer, a Julie Christie stopover at to Washington, and the traditionally evocative movie Maedchen in Uniform. the result's a quantity that lines the improvement not just of women’s involvement in cinema yet of 1 of its key gamers as well.

The first book-length paintings from Rich—whose stature and effect on the planet of movie feedback and concept proceed to grow—Chick Flicks exposes unexplored routes and forgotten byways of a prior that’s contemporary sufficient to be remembered and much away adequate to be memorable.

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Pepe le Moko (BFI Film Classics)

By Ginette Vincendeau

Pépé le Moko (1937), directed by means of Julien Duvivier from the unconventional by means of Roger Ashelle and starring Jean Gabin, is the epitome of 1930's French cinema. It tells the tale of the glamorous gangster Pepe, trapped within the Casbah in Algiers. This hugely romantic and atmospheric mystery used to be the most important to the advance of French movie noir and encouraged a couple of remakes and plenty of imitations. Vincendeau's meticulous research, written in a full of life and available type, areas Pépé le Moko in its aesthetic, accepted and cultural contexts.
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Wild Strawberries: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics)

By Angela Thirkell

Beautiful, impecunious Mary Preston, newly arrived as a visitor of her Aunt Agnes on the excellent wooded property of Rushwater, falls head over heels for good-looking playboy David Leslie. in the meantime, Agnes and her mom, the eccentric matriarch woman Emily, have hopes of a unique, more advantageous fit for Mary. on the lavish Rushwater dance get together, her destiny happiness hangs within the stability . . .
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Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film

By Philippa Gates

Ambitious and complete historical past of the feminine detective in Hollywood movie from 1929 to 2009.

In this broad and authoritative examine of greater than 300 movies, Philippa Gates explores the “woman detective” determine from her pre-cinematic origins in nineteenth-century detective fiction via her many incarnations in the course of the background of Hollywood cinema. in the course of the lens of theories of gender, style, and stardom and fascinating with the serious recommendations of performativity, masquerade, and feminism, Detecting Women analyzes buildings of the feminine investigator within the detective style and specializes in the evolution of her illustration from 1929 to this present day. whereas a renowned assumption is that pictures of ladies became more and more confident over this era, Gates argues that the main revolutionary and feminist versions of the feminine detective exist in mainstream film’s extra peripheral items, akin to Nineteen Thirties B images and Nineteen Seventies blaxploitation motion pictures. providing revisions and new insights into peripheral types of mainstream movie, Gates explores this house that permits a fable of answer of social anxieties approximately crime and, extra curiously, gender, within the 20th and early twenty-first centuries. The author’s cutting edge, enticing, and capacious method of this crucial determine inside feminist movie heritage breaks new flooring within the fields of gender and movie studies.

“An apt follow-up to Gates’ Detecting Men … this booklet is breezy, casual, and but immaculately researched.” — CHOICE

“Detecting girls is an in depth and authoritative, bold and finished background of the feminine detective in Hollywood movie from 1929 to 2009. Gates brings to mild the sheer variety of lady detectives which were neglected in prior reviews of the style, in particular these of the Nineteen Thirties and 40s. Her cutting edge, attractive, and capacious method of the feminine detective inside feminist movie historical past breaks new floor within the fields of gender and picture studies.” — SirReadaLot.org

“This innovative and enjoyable learn of the ‘woman detective’ movie makes an enormous contribution via giving wide therapy to the feminine detectives in B video clips and to the numerous investigating girls characters in motion pictures no longer frequently thought of detective movies. it's going to have nice allure for students, movie buffs, and secret fans.” — Linda Mizejewski, writer of Hardboiled and excessive Heeled: the lady Detective in well known Culture
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Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (New York Review Books Collection)

By Ian Buruma

Winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the paintings of the Essay.

Ian Buruma is involved, he writes, “by what makes the human species behave atrociously.” In Theater of Cruelty the acclaimed writer of The Wages of Guilt and Year 0: A historical past of 1945 once back turns to global conflict II to discover that question—to the Nazi career of Paris, the Allied bombing of German towns, the foreign controversies over Anne Frank’s diaries, Japan’s militarist intellectuals and its kamikaze pilots.

One manner that humans reply to strength and cruelty, Buruma argues, is thru paintings, and the artwork that the majority pursuits him finds the darkish impulses underneath the veneer of civilized habit. this can be what attracts him to German and eastern artists resembling Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Mishima Yukio, and Yokoo Tadanori, in addition to to filmmakers reminiscent of Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, and Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. All have been suffering from fascism and its bad outcomes; all “looked into the abyss and made paintings of what they saw.”

Whether he's writing during this wide-ranging assortment approximately conflict, artists, or film—or approximately David Bowie’s tune, R. Crumb’s drawings, the Palestinians of the West financial institution, or Asian subject parks—Ian Buruma brings sympathetic historic perception and sensible aesthetic judgment to figuring out the different ways in which humans care for violence and cruelty in lifestyles and in art.

Theater of Cruelty contains 8 pages of colour and black & white photographs.
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Last Year at Marienbad (BFI Film Classics)

By Jean-Louis Leutrat

From Amazon: "A essential paintings of Sixties ecu paintings cinema, L'Anne dernire Marienbad (Last yr in Marienbad, 1961) was once a collaboration among director Alain Resnais and 'New Novel' enfant negative Alain Robbe-Grillet. 3 humans, recognized merely by means of their initials, go through the sprawling luxurious of a mysterious lodge and its decorative gardens. possibly M is A's husband and X her lover. might be, 'last year', A promised X she would depart with him. Or is there anything extra bad long ago? An summary mystery, a love tale, a philosophical puzzle, 'the film's deviations are', for Jean-Louis Leutrat, 'as advanced as these of the human heart.'"
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The Idiots (BFI Modern Classics)

By John Rockwell

From Amazon: "A Dogme movie, "The Idiots" is essential Lars von Trier and maybe his strongest paintings. John Rockwell indicates the way it pertains to the opposite motion pictures within the "Good Woman" trilogy, in addition to von Trier's Danish tv paintings and his path of Wagner's "Ring" cycle on the Bayreuth Festival."
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