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From the Photogenic to the Simulacrum

Nitzan Ben-Shaul

Nitzan Ben-Shaul is Associate Professor at the Film and Television Department in Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Mythical Expressions of Siege in Israeli Films, Introduction to Film Theories and A Violent World: Competing Images of Middle East Conflicts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film : The Key Concepts

Berg, 2007

Book chapter

...Introduction The concept of the photogenic in film was developed by French theorist and filmmaker Jean Epstein. It concerns the specific nature of the film image. For the different variants of the realist approach to film...

What can genres teach us about nations?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

Book chapter

...My first memory of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ embellished, and thereby diminished, is Jimi Hendrix’s famous riff at Woodstock. Did anyone at the time see his performance as anything but protest? True, it was both effective and timely...

Anamorphobia

John Boorman

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John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber & Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Walter Donohue

Walter Donohue

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Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...Introduction Up until this interview, Martin Scorsese had been one of those few film artists to whom there was so much I wanted to say, I'd have rather said nothing at all. First at college, and later in graduate film school, I analysed his...

Popular Cinema and Box-office Hits

Mary P Wood

Mary Wood is Reader in European Cinema at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Italian Cinema

Berg, 2005

Book chapter

...Genres have always been important commercially to Italian cinema, and their codes and conventions, drawing on previous cultural traditions such as the commedia dell’arte, epic, melodrama and opera, were established in the pre-sound era...

Where do genres come from?

Rick Altman

Rick Altman is a professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, USA. His many books include ‘Film/Genre’ (BFI 1999) and ‘Silent Film Sound’ (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Film/Genre

British Film Institute, 1999

Book chapter

...The more promising possibility, for the moment at least, is to return to film history and try to produce individual genre studies with real historical integrity. This would mean (1) starting with a genre’s ‘pre-history, its roots in other...

Playing Cowboys and Indians

John Boorman

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John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber & Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Tom Luddy

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David Thomson

David Thomson

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Walter Donohue

Walter Donohue

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Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...Introduction I knew Eddie Fowlie, the legendary prop master, only by reputation. David Lean loved him, always kept him by his side. When I was preparing Beyond Rangoon, the magnitude of the task of reproducing Burma in Malaysia became...

Founding Father

Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...The Lumière Brothers: Auguste and Louis Introduction Spring 1994. I have a new job, helping out in a French government agency set up to promote the centenary of film, L'Association Premier Siècle du Cinéma. France being France...

Penn on Penn

John Boorman

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John Boorman was born in London in 1933. After working as a film reviewer for magazines and radio, he joined the BBC in 1955 as an assistant editor, and later directed a number of documentaries. His first feature was ‘Catch Us If You Can’ in 1965. His latest film, Country of My Skull, opens in 2003. He is a five-time Academy Award-nominee, and was twice awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Leo the Last (1970) and The General (1998). He is the author of Money Into Light: The Emerald Forest - A Diary, as well as the being the co-founder and editor of Faber & Faber's long-running series Projections: Film-makers on Film-making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Tom Luddy

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David Thomson

David Thomson

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Walter Donohue

Walter Donohue

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Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...Arthur Penn Introduction If only today's young generation of film-goers had an Arthur Penn to follow. From The Miracle Worker (1962) to The Missouri Breaks (1977), he made riveting, unexpected pictures, drawing upon hit stage plays, novels,...

The Apprenticeship, 1948–54

John Mercer

John Mercer is Professor of Gender and Sexuality at Birmingham City University, UK. He is co-author of Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility (2004). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rock Hudson

British Film Institute, 2015

Book chapter

...Hudson’s first screen performance was as an uncredited, supporting player in the role of an air corps officer in Fighter Squadron (1948). It has become part of his popular legend that, with only three lines of dialogue, the young actor had...

Divisions and Dislocations: A Journal for 1994

Projections 4 : Film-makers on Film-making

Faber and Faber Limited, 1995

Book chapter

...James Toback (photo by Brian Hamill) Introduction – David Thomson Not too many American film-makers would own up to keeping diaries. As in Washington, so in Hollywood, the diary can become an incriminating document – of those in power...