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Anger of Achilles

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought and how fiercely we laughed?”Troy, directed by Wolfgang Peterson (Warner Bros, 2004).Indeed, many...

Godard’s stereoscopic essay: Thinking in and with Adieu au langage

The Global Auteur : The Politics of Authorship in 21st Century Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...The auteur as essayist Speaking to a sold-out audience at the US premiere of Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage, 2014) at the New York Film Festival, Amy Taubin credited the legendary eighty-three-year-old director...

Thunder and Lightning: Gone with the Wind (1939) and the Logic of Synchronisation

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 Moments : Criticism, History, Theory

British Film Institute, 2003

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... like Warners’ The First Auto (Del Ruth, 1927) laboured mightily to fully exploit the synchronised sound capabilities of the new Vitaphone sound-on-disc system. With the success of The Jazz Singer the value of sync sound became so obvious...
...Stanley Kubrick, no less than Alfred Hitchcock, was a master of suspense. Indeed, one of Kubrick’s most indelible contributions to film expression was an atmospheric form of suspense that unfolds slowly and resounds with dread. To grasp...

Are genres subject to redefinition?

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

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... and analysis of the musical. A similar case might be made regarding Thomas Elsaesser’s treatment of William Dieterle’s Warner Bros. films as representative of the biopic. Others overemphasize the role of early Universal films in the history...

Why are genres sometimes mixed?

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

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... always had an incentive to produce film cycles clearly identified with the studio. Throughout the 30s Warner Bros produced a series of extremely popular biographical films, modelled first on international political figures, then on well-known...

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

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... publicity as an ‘all talking, all singing, all dancing dramatic sensation’ (my emphasis), while Warner Bros. characterized The Desert Song as an ‘all talking, all singing operetta’ (my emphasis). The Broadway Melody (1929) is now regularly...

How are genres used?

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

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... in the Rain, Disney’s Fantasia, Warners’ Footlight Parade and Casablanca. Finally, it’s our turn to take the ride. This time my genre desires aren’t disappointed. In fact, the entire display is organized by genre: musical, gangster film,...

What communication model is appropriate for genres?

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

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... in the north woods. Dear Rick, This place is truly gorgeous. In fact, I’ve become quite a bird watcher. At first I thought it would be interesting to walk around the woods and look at all the trees, but I couldn’t tell one from the other....