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Naked (1993)

Mike Leigh

Born in Salford, Manchester, in 1943, Mike Leigh has developed a unique method of creating films through controlled improvisations. After his debut Bleak Moments (1971) he made a succession of admired TV plays, including Abigail's Party and Nuts in May. He then returned to feature films: High Hopes (1988), Life is Sweet (1990), Naked (1993). Secrets and Lies won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1996. Topsy-Turvy (1999) won two Oscars. All or Nothing followed in 2002. Since then he has made the Oscar-nominated Vera Drake (2004), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He also did Two Thousand Years for the National Theatre in 2005. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh

Faber and Faber, 2008

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...Down a dark alleyway in Manchester, Johnny (David Thewlis) is having rough sex with a woman. It’s hard to see exactly what is going on, but it’s clear she is starting to object, to struggle. Johnny runs off. He steals a car and drives...

Nuit et brouillard (Night and Fog)

Jim Hillier

Jim Hillier, who died in 2014, was Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Reading, UK. He was a pioneer of film education in the UK. His publications include, as co-author, 100 Documentary Films and 100 Film Noirs in the BFI Screen Guides series (2008); American Independent Cinema (2001), The Film Studies Dictionary (2000) and Howard Hawks: American Artist (1996). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Documentary Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2009

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...Nuit et brouillard, one of the earliest films about the Holocaust, has become a yardstick by which other documentaries on the subject – even Shoah (1985) – have been judged. The organisers of a 1954 exhibition by the Comité de l’Histoire de...

Diverging Trajectories

Christina Gerhardt

Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor of German at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screening the Red Army Faction : Historical and Cultural Memory

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...This chapter was generously funded by an appointment as visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Minda de Ginzburg Center for European Studies (2008) and at Columbia University (2008–10). Previous versions of this chapter were presented...

Colour and Suffering

Paul Coates

Paul Coates is Professor in the Film Studies Department of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is the author of The Story of the Lost Reflection (1985), The Gorgon's Gaze: German Cinema, Expressionism and the Image of Horror (1991) and Cinema, Religion and the Romantic Legacy (2003). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema and Colour : The Saturated Image

British Film Institute, 2010

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...The gold of your hair MargaretheThe ash of your hair Sulamith. (Paul Celan) A Matter of Life and Death Sometimes, shockingly, the properties of film technology – its powers and inadequacies – can make the difference between life...

Life Is Sweet (1995)

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High Hopes (1995)

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The Code of Psychology and Character Motivation

Martin Sohn-Rethel

Martin Sohn-Rethel taught film and media studies at Varndean College, Brighton, from 1990 to 2013. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Real to Reel : A New Approach to Understanding Realism in Film and TV Fiction

Auteur, 2015

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...This chapter will focus on films for which individual psychology – seen in terms of how the past influences characters’ mental states and thus how they behave in the present – is a clear and predominant force. No matter how unclear the root...

Holocaust Documentaries IV: The Poetic Documentary

Aaron Kerner

Aaron Kerner is an Associate Professor in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film and the Holocaust : New Perspectives on Dramas, Documentaries, and Experimental Films

Continuum, 2011

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...Introduction Incongruity and radical juxtaposition are trademarks of the poetic documentary. At the core, then, of the poetic Holocaust documentary are comparative strategies to measure temporal differences, generational differences...

Naked (1995)

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Mike Leigh

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‘I Spy’

Devised and Directed by Mike Leigh

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...During the Britpop era of the 1990s, the name of Mike Leigh was invoked regularly both by musicians and the journalists who wrote about them. To compare a band or a record to Mike Leigh was to use a form of cultural shorthand...