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...On a train, Guy (Farley Granger), a champion tennis player, is approached by Bruno (Robert Walker), a fellow passenger who is a fan of his. Bruno, who seems to know all about Guy’s personal life, proposes a friendly arrangement...
...Alfred Hitchcock can also be recognized in a later sequence of the picture, in which, wearing a cap and leaning against a railing, he is one of the bystanders looking on as Ivor Novello is captured by the police.With his back to camera...
...Since Alfred Hitchcock deals solely with the technical aspects of Rope, a brief description of the story is sufficient for our purposes. All of the action takes place on a summer evening in a New York apartment. Two young homosexuals (John...

The Art House

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...The audience that even the most popular French film-makers enjoyed in Britain and America was a limited one. It lay chiefly in the network of art-house cinemas that had come into being during the 1920s and 1930s. In Britain, the founding...

Breaking the Rules

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...By the time the Popular Front government had come to power, Jean Renoir had achieved considerable prominence in France, but he was barely known in the English-speaking world. Few of his films were exhibited in England or America. When...

The Changing of the Guard

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...America may have taken away the French film industry’s markets, but at the same time it provided a powerful example of what the cinema might be. When one reads French memoirs of the period, again and again one is struck by a sense...

Light and Magic

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...Sortie de l’usine Lumière à Lyon (1895)It is the evening of 28 December 1895. In the Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines an audience has gathered for the first public showing of the Lumière Brothers’ Cinématographe. On the programme...

Love Scenes

Nicolas Roeg

Nicolas Roeg has a career in film that has stretched across 50 years. he began as a cameramn working with directors of the calibre of Francois Truffaut and David Lean. Turning to directing, he has produced works of profound originality such as Perormance, Walkabout, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bad Timing, Eureka, and, most recently, Puffball. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The World is Ever Changing

Faber & Faber, 2013

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...My thoughts about . . . bits and pieces for a sex scene (drawn by me, aged seventeen)Sex and death are the only things that can interest a serious mind.Desire. I ponder that a lot. Love and desire don’t necessarily go together. It’s very...

Sound

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

Book chapter

...The French industry’s efforts to embrace the new sound era had been shambolic. There had been many attempts to experiment with sound systems, going back as early as the Paris Exposition of 1900, at which three separate talking-film exhibits...
...Illustrations by Salvador Dali for the dream sequence in SpellboundConstance (Ingrid Bergman) is a doctor in an insane asylum. Dr. Murchison (Leo G. Carroll), the asylum director, is about to retire, and the staff is awaiting the arrival...