Books

Jean-Pierre Geuens – Film Production Theory (2000)

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The one book, Nov 11 2002Reviewer: “anticinema” (Hollywood, CA
Hollywood, CA United States)

It is a new century, a new reality… Hail the new art form! one that will only 100 years of life awaits to be fully and beautifully exploited by new kinds of filmmakers, artists, philosophers, dreamers and siners!

This is the one book you need to read to fully understand the capabilities of Cinema as a true art form, not an obscene business.

Thank you Mr. Geuens, blessings to your creatively anarchic mind. Read More »

Mike Wayne – Political Film: The Dialectics of Third Cinema (2001)

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Third Cinema is a cinema committed to social and cultural emancipation. In this book, Mike Wayne argues that Third Cinema is absolutely central to key debates concerning contemporary film practices and cultures. As a body of films, Third Cinema expands our horizons of the medium and its possibilities. Wayne develops Third Cinema theory by exploring its dialectical relations with First Cinema (dominant,commercial) and Second Cinema (arthouse,auteur). Discussing an eclectic range of films, from Evita to Dollar Mambo, The Big Lebowski to The Journey, Amistad to Camp de Thiaroye, Political Film explores the affinities and crucial political differences between First and Third Cinema. Third Cinema’s relationship with Second Cinema is explored via the cinematic figure of the bandit (Bandit Queen, The General, Eskiya). The continuities and differences with European precursors such as Eisenstein, Vertov, Lukacs, Brecht and Walter Benjamin are also assessed. The book is a polemical call for a film criticism that is politically engaged with the life of the masses. Read More »

John Boorman and Walter Donohue – Projections No1 (1991)

Edited by John Boorman and Walter Donohue
Projections is a forum for practitioners of the cinema to write about their work. The first issue includes a journal compiled by John Boorman which records his responses to the events and trends of 1991, and their implications for the future of cinema. Like his Emerald Forest diary, Money into Light, it is a fascinating mix of anecdote, personal reflections, thoughts on the nature of cinema, and comments on the practical business of making films. Read More »

John Boorman – Projections No.9 (1999)

Contents
Foreword by John Boorman, vi
Introduction by Michel Ciment, vii

1 Robert Bresson: L’Argent, I
2 Eric Rohmer: Conte d’ete, 13
3 Claude Chabrol: La Ceremonie, 18
4 Alain Resnais: On connait la chanson, 26
5 Louis Malle: Au revoir les enfants, 33
6 Alain Cavalier: Therese, 51
7 Claude Sautet: Un Coeur en hiver, 64
8 Maurice Pialat: Van Gogh, 70
9 Bertrand Tavernier: Un Dimanche ala campagne, 83
10 Claude Miller: Garde a vue, 93
11 Patrice Leconte: Ridicule, 103
12 Marcel Ophuls: Hotel Terminus, 111
13 Otar Iosseliani: Les Favoris de la lune, 123
14 Olivier Assayas, 132
15 Catherine Breillat: 36 fillette, 138
16 Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Delicatessen, 144
17 Robert Guediguian: Marius et Jeannette, 152
18 Arnaud Desplechin: La Sentinelle, 160
19 Manuel Poirer: Western, 167
20 Jacques Audiard: Un Heros tres discret, 175
21 Mathieu Kassowitz: La Haine, 183 Read More »

Luis Buñuel – My Last Breath (1985)

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Published by Fontana Paperbacks (Flamingo), 1985 (285p.)
Originally published in France as Mon dernier soupir, 1982

Quote:
‘Covers everything from his Surrealist days with Dali to his method of making the perfect dry martini, and is as elegant, wise and mischievous as his movies’
J.G. Ballard

‘My Last Breath is pure delight… It’s as funny and provocative as the old chien’s best movies: than which there’s no higher praise’
Salman Rushdie Read More »

Mark Goodall – Sweet & Savage: The World Through The Shockumentary Film Lens (2006)

The Back Cover wrote:
Mondo Cane in 1962 was the blueprint for a shocking, controversial and influential documentary film cycle. Known collectively as “mondo films” or “shockumentaries,” this enduring series of films is a precursor of the reality TV show.

A box-office draw for three decades and now a staple of the video rental market, these explosive “exposés” would often pass fabricated scenes as fact in order to give the public a sensationalist, highly emotive view of the world.

Sweet & Savage is the first-ever English-language book devoted exclusively to the mondo documentary film. A study of mondo as a global film phenomenon, it includes a detailed examination of the key films and includes exclusive interviews with the godfathers of this cult genre. Read More »

Andrew Robinson – Satyajit Ray The Inner Eye: The Biography of a Master Filmmaker (1989)

Book Description
This is the best-known biography of the film giant, based on extensive interviews with Ray himself, his actors, collaborators, and a deep knowledge of Bengali culture. This second edition contains extensive new material covering Ray’s final three films made in 1989-1991, a discussion of his artistic legacy, and the most comprehensive bibliography of Ray’s own writings.

Andrew Robinson, who had been a friend of Ray’s, spent a number of years working on this, and his account of Ray’s family and childhood draws upon interviews and conversations, supplemented with material from Ray’s own CHILDHOOD DAYS, MY YEARS WITH APU, and other sources. Robinson paints a portrait of a Calcutta overflowing with creative potential – Ray’s family connections to Tagore are also detailed, as are the accomplishments of his father and grandfather, and the intellectual independence of his mother, who seemed to strongly influence at least a few of his cinematic characters. Read More »