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The Eiffel Tower: A Parisian Film Star

Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...For a world-renowned icon that has been filmed from all angles, the Eiffel Tower remains intriguingly opaque. It still exudes an enigmatic fascination, like a film star coming from the silent era. At first glance, the immobile Tower seems...
...In 1960 the architectural historian Kevin Lynch, in his landmark study The Image of the City, asked about the legibility of a city to its citizens. Lynch, using the city of Boston as an example, felt that a city’s “success” depended upon...

Voyage to Italy (Viaggio in Italia)

Jason Wood

Jason Wood is a writer, film programmer and filmmaker. He is Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Visiting Professor at MMU and Visiting Professor at University of Salford, UK, and the author of a number of books including The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema (2006), Nick Broomfield: Documenting Icons (2005), 100 Road Movies (BFI 2007) and Talking Movies: Contemporary World Directors in Interview (2006). He contributes to a range of publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Vertigo and Little White Lies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Road Movies : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2007

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...Voyage to Italy is a deceptively simple, though utterly captivating and brilliantly written study of a once happy marriage finally dashed by boredom, blame, deception and denial. Perhaps the high point of the director’s collaboration...

Introduction: A New Approach to European Cinema History

Judith Thissen

Judith Thissen is Associate Professor of Film History at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She has published widely on the subject of film culture, cinema audiences and social history in international journals and numerous anthologies. She is the co-editor of Contemporary Culture: New Perspectives on Arts and Humanities Research (2013). In 2011, she launched with Frank Kessler a series of workshops devoted to Comparative Cinema History, focussing in particular on Europe. 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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...Cinema Beyond the City is the first book to look at the dynamics and diversity of film culture in small-town and rural Europe. Since the early days of Lumière’s cinematograph, film exhibitors have brought moving pictures to towns, villages...

Market Place (Look at Life)

Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell is Senior Curator (Non-Fiction), BFI National Archive, UK. He is the author of 100 British Documentaries (2007) and co-editor of The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (BFI 2004) and Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-War Britain (2010) and has been a regular contributor to BFI Screenonline. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 British Documentaries : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2007

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...As feature films’ supporting programmes increasingly shrank, the available room for documentary shrank with them. This cemented the longstanding position whereby regular production of non-fiction cinema emanated almost entirely from lowlier...

Animating Depression America 1934–7

Tracey Louise Mollet

Tracey Louise Mollet is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cartoons in Hard Times : The Animated Shorts of Disney and Warner Brothers in Depression and War 1932–1945

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Following the ‘Roosevelt honeymoon’ of the early 1930s, the narratives of these animated productions moved from veracious political endorsement towards a thoughtful social commentary on American life. In line with many of the Hollywood...

The Boston Movie Boom

The City in American Cinema : Film and Postindustrial Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...There’s a priceless moment in Gone Baby Gone (Affleck, 2007) when a little boy on a bike cuts in front of a car on a street in Dorchester and, when the driver tells him to move, yells back, “Go fuck ya mothah.” It’s pure Boston-style...

‘Unremarkable Paris’: Jacques Becker’s Urban Everyday

Alastair Phillips

Alastair Phillips is Associate Professor (Reader) in Film Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His books include City of Darkness, City of Light: Emigré Filmmakers in Paris 1929–1939 (2003), Journeys of Desire. European Actors in Hollywood (co‑edited with Ginette Vincendeau, 2006), Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts (co-edited with Julian Stringer, 2007), 100 Film Noirs (co-authored with Jim Hillier, 2009), Rififi: A French Film Guide (2009), A Companion to Jean Renoir (co-edited with Ginette Vincendeau, 2013) and The Japanese Cinema Book (co-edited with Hideaki Fujiki, 2018). He is an editor of Screen. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Paris in the Cinema: Beyond the Flâneur : Locations, Characters, History

British Film Institute, 2018

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...To move ‘beyond the flâneur’in terms of understanding Paris as a cinematic city means, in one sense, to re-examine the conventional ways that the topography of the French capital may be configured as a site of narrative attention...

New Earth (Nieuwe gronden)

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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...No film-maker can have worked in more parts of the world than Joris Ivens, but he established his reputation in his native Netherlands, first with more or less experimental films like The Bridge (1928) and Rain (1929) and then with more...

Être et avoir (To Be and to Have)

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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...Être et avoir is an observational documentary about a small rural French school in the Auvergne, with one teacher, Georges Lopez, and thirteen children aged five to eleven bussed in from the surrounding area, occupying a single schoolroom –...