...A NIGHT IN THE LIFE
Credit sequence: New York by night. John LeTour nestles in back of a blue car-service sedan, face reflected in the window. Neon mixes with steam, street people with tourists, young dates: each with a different agenda...
...Smart Bar in Beverly Hills – Night
It is the kind of bar where the well-to-do folks of LA go to pick up – or be picked up. Lesser-known actors, agents and executives of all ages. Into this bar comes Ben.
Ben is in his thirties. He...
A black matt surface. It starts moving, slowly at first.
It is the rubber treadmill of a running machine.
A pair of male feet in trainers step on and start walking.
The pace increases steadily, then the machine tilts to create...
James Naremore is Emeritus Chancellors’ Professor at Indiana University. He is the author of a number of books, including Acting in the Cinema (1988), The Films of Vincente Minnelli (1993), More than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts (1998; 2008) and On Kubrick (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...Alan Dwan’s The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) stars John Wayne as a battle-scarred Marine sergeant who sacrifices himself for his unit and in doing so earns the respect of John Agar, a young recruit who had been trained by Wayne and who...
...The Chelsea Girls opened at the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque in New York on 15 September 1966. It then moved to the larger Cinema Rendezvous, where it became the first underground film to get a two-week run in a midtown Manhattan art theatre...
...Cursed Earth – Day1
Blasted rock and dust, as far as the eye can see.
America is an irradiated wasteland. A Cursed Earth, in which a single outpost of civilisation remains. Stretching from Boston to Washington…
...If there is a single artist most identified with the resurgence in popularity of Batman it is without question Frank Miller. His 1986 graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns not only made Bob Kane’s 1939 creation once again the most...
Michael Newton is Lecturer in English at Leiden University, Netherlands. He is the author of Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children (2002), Age of Assassins: A History of Conspiracy and Political Violence, 1865-1981 (2012), and Kind Hearts and Coronets (BFI Film Classics, 2003). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...In ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’ (1949), Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) schemes and murders his way to a dukedom. This title looks into the turbulent personalities that formed the complex style of this film to unravel the fusion of cynicism...
Martin McLoone is Professor of Media Studies attached to the Centre for Media Research at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. He is author of Irish Film: The Emergence of a Contemporary Cinema (BFI, 2000) and has edited numerous collections on aspects of the media in Britain and Ireland, including Broadcasting in a Divided Community: 70 Years of the BBC in Northern Ireland (Institute of Irish Studies, 1996), Big Picture, Small Screen: The Relations Between Film and Television (University of Luton Press, 1996) and Border Crossing: Film in Ireland, Britain and Europe (Institute of Irish Studies/BFI, 1994). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
Irish Film: The Emergence of a Contemporary Cinema
British Film Institute, 2000
...We have seen how Irish cultural nationalism was constructed, among other things, on an opposition between the country and the city. In its clearest form this opposition posited the traditional Gaelic purity of Ireland’s western seaboard...
Murray Smith is Professor of Film Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury. He is co-editor of Film Theory and Philosophy (1997) and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (1998). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...In 1996 ‘Trainspotting’ was the biggest thing in British culture. Brilliantly and aggressively marketed it crossed into the mainstream despite being a black comedy set against the backdrop of heroin addiction in Edinburgh. Produced...
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