Books

Andrei Tarkovsky – Archives Cinéma Andrei Tarkovsky (1989)

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“Positif” a publié le premier entretien avec Tarkovski en France. Cette anthologie de textes parus dan la revue rassemble études, critiques, entretiens avec le cinéaste et témoignages de ses collaborateurs. Elle est illustrée de 70 photographies. Read More »

William B. Parrill – Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography (2011)

Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography
by William B. Parrill
Paperback: 189 pages
Publisher: McFarland & Company (July 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786458666
ISBN-13: 978-0786458660 Read More »

Jonathan Rosenbaum – Cinematic Encounters: Interviews and Dialogues (2018)

Godard. Fuller. Rivette. Endfield. Tarr. In his celebrated career as a film critic, Jonathan Rosenbaum has undertaken wide-ranging dialogues with many of the most daring and important auteurs of our time. Cinematic Encounters collects more than forty years of interviews that embrace Rosenbaum’s vision of film criticism as a collaboration involving multiple voices. Rosenbaum accompanies Orson Welles on a journey back to Heart of Darkness , the unmade film meant to be Welles’s Hollywood debut. Jacques Tati addresses the primacy of décor and soundtrack in his comedic masterpiece PlayTime, while Jim Jarmusch explains the influence of real and Hollywoodized Native Americans in Dead Man. By arranging the chapters chronologically, Rosenbaum invites readers to pursue thematic threads as if the discussions were dialogues between separate interviews. The result is a rare gathering of filmmakers trading thoughts on art and process, on great works and false starts, and on actors and intimate moments. Read More »

Allister Mactaggart – The Film Paintings of David Lynch Challenging Film Theory (2010)

One of the most distinguished filmmakers working today, David Lynch is a director whose vision of cinema is firmly rooted in fine art. He was motivated to make his first film as a student because he wanted a painting that ‘would really be able to move’. Most existing studies of Lynch, however, fail to engage fully with the complexities of his films’ relationship to other art forms. “The Film Paintings of David Lynch” fills this void, arguing that Lynch’s cinematic output needs to be considered within a broad range of cultural references. Aimed at both Lynch fans and film studies specialists, Allister Mactaggart addresses Lynch’s films from the perspective of the relationship between commercial film, avant-garde art, and cultural theory. Individual Lynch works – “The Elephant Man”, “Blue Velvet”, “Twin Peaks”, “Lost Highway”, “The Straight Story”, “Mulholland Drive”, and “Inland Empire” – are discussed in relation to other films and directors, illustrating that the solitary, or seemingly isolated, experience of film is itself socially, culturally, and politically important. “The Film Paintings of David Lynch” offers a unique perspective on an influential director, weaving together a range of theoretical approaches to Lynch’s films to make exciting new connections among film theory, art history, psychoanalysis, and cinema. Read More »

Simon Roy – Kubrick Red: A Memoir (2016)

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The Shining by Stanley Kubrick – that strange story in which a writer and his wife and young son with ESP stay in a mysterious hotel in low season – has been fascinating viewers since its release in 1980.
Simon Roy first saw the film when he was 10 and was mesmerized by a particular line: “How’d you like some ice cream, Doc?” He has since seen the movie at least 42 times, because “it encompasses the tragic symptoms of a deep-seated defect that has haunted [it] for generations.” The painstaking bond he has knitted with this story of evil has enabled him to absorb the disquieting traits of its “macabre lineage” and fully reveal its power over him. This is an unusual and astonishing book. Read More »

Elena Gorfinkel – Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960’s (2017)

Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960’s
by Elena Gorfinkel
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: University Of Minnesota Press; 1st edition (Oct. 15 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1517900174
ISBN-13: 978-1517900175

The untold story of the American sexploitation film—a major development in screen sex in the decade before “porno chic”
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Ian Olney & Antonio Lázaro-Reboll – The Films of Jess Franco (2018)

The Films of Jess Franco
Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Edited by Ian Olney, Antonio Lázaro-Reboll
Paperback: 338 pages
Publisher: Wayne State University Press (June 4, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0814343163
ISBN-13: 978-0814343166 Read More »