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...Large House In St John's Wood, London. Summer Day. Present Day. Bonnet of a Jaguar foreground. Jo is standing at the window, looking out. Reflected in the window pane demolition of buildings, tall skeletons of new constructions...

Far from Swinging London: Memories of Non-Urban Cinemagoing in 1960s Britain

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones is Associate Professor in Film Studies at De Montfort University, UK. He has published widely on mid-century cinema audiences and science fiction film and television. He is the co-editor of Time Travel in Popular Media: Essays on Film, Television, Literature and Video Games (2015). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema Beyond the City : Small-Town and Rural Film Culture in Europe

British Film Institute, 2016

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...While British film production flourished during the 1960s, with both the gritty ‘kitchen sink’ dramas and the hedonistic ‘swinging London’ films drawing critical praise, film exhibition in the United Kingdom continued its steady decline...
...Heinrich von Kleist's 1807 novella Die Marquise Von O was made into a celebrated and unusually faithful cinematic adaptation of the same name by Eric Rohmer in 1976. The story runs thus: beginning the narrative with a scene in a drinking...

Buñuel: Storytelling, Desire and the Question of Rape

Dominique Russell

Dominique Russell has taught at a number of Canadian universities, including the University of Western Ontario, York, Brock, and the University of British Columbia. She is the author of numerous articles on film sound and Spanish and Latin American cinema, including publications in Jumpcut, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, and Literature Film Quarterly. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rape in Art Cinema

Continuum, 2010

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...Buñuel is considered cinema's great iconoclast, his films “a scourge to the bourgeoisie.”The expression is Peter Evans'. His overriding themes are power — social, political and domestic — and desire, or as Henry Miller put it, “the bloody...

The State of the Nation

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Mirror for England : British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

British Film Institute, 2011

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...The British Constitution Since 1940 complacency and criticism have alternated as dominant moods in British films. In wartime, morale boosting came first, but a self-critical determination to turn over a new leaf, after Jarrow and Munich...
...Catherine Breillat's powerful portrayals of heterosexual sex and female desire have earned her a prominent place in the group of directors that have come to be known as the “new French extremists.”James Quandt. “Flesh & Blood: Sex...

Aspects of British Editing from the 1950s Onwards

British Film Editors : “The Heart of the Movie”

British Film Institute, 2014

Book chapter

...Freelancing became the normal mode of employment for British film editors in the latter part of the twentieth century. Rather than being assigned projects from the production schedule of the studio they worked for, editors were increasingly...

Part 5: 1984-9

Michael Temple

Michael Temple is Reader in Film and Media at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Essay Film Festival. He is the author of Jean Vigo (2005), and has co-edited several books about Jean-Luc Godard, as well as Decades Never Start on Time: A Richard Roud Anthology (BFI, 2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Karen Smolens

Karen Smolens is the niece of Richard Roud. She attended her first New York Film Festival at age 13, where she saw her uncle moderate a press conference with Roberto Rossellini following a screening of The Rise of Louis XIV (1966). She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Decades Never Start on Time : A Richard Roud Anthology

British Film Institute, 2014

Book chapter

...Decades Never Start on Time NOTE: The following documents are taken from Roud’s unfinished autobiographical project, Decades Never Start On Time, which would have been both a history of the new European cinemas of the 1960s, and a kind...

Boys Don't Get Raped

Rape in Art Cinema

Continuum, 2010

Book chapter

...Kimberly Peirce's 1999 film Boys Don't Cry (US) chronicles the last few weeks in the short life of Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena, a teenager from Nebraska who was born female; who, for these weeks and at other points in his life, lived...
...Cinematic representations of rape foreground the gendered power dynamics inherent in the film medium's institutional structure. While feminist criticism has long pointed out the problematic position of women both on-screen...