Film Criticism

Los Olvidados (BFI Film Classics)

By Mark Polizzotti

Los Olvidados (1950) verified Luis Bunuel's recognition as a world-class director. Set within the slums of Mexico urban, it follows the crime-filled and violent lives of staff of minor delinquents. The movie indicates a few of Bunuel's recognisable issues of love's yearnings, social injustice, and surrealism, yet with a layer of compassion that units it except lots of his different motion pictures. In 2003, Los Olvidados was once inducted into UNESCO's reminiscence of the area programme, which preserves documentary history of worldwide value. Mark Polizzotti explores the historic context, aesthetic significance and biographical importance of the movie, delivering the 1st whole evaluation of Los Olvidados in English. He additionally offers an advent to the Mexican movie and locations Bunuel and his motion pictures inside it. whereas many critics have taken Los Olvidados as a movie approximately city poverty, Mark Polizzotti sees it as a way more own and mysterious assertion approximately craving, loss, and the necessity for redemption. by means of taking the concept of starvation as its structural precept, he explores the topics of affection, betrayal, hope, and dying that make the movie this type of robust assertion greater than fifty years after its unlock.

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The Idiots (BFI Modern Classics)

By John Rockwell

From Amazon: "A Dogme movie, "The Idiots" is essential Lars von Trier and maybe his strongest paintings. John Rockwell indicates the way it pertains to the opposite movies within the "Good Woman" trilogy, in addition to von Trier's Danish tv paintings and his path of Wagner's "Ring" cycle on the Bayreuth Festival."

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27 Movies from the Dark Side: Ebert's Essentials

By Roger Ebert

Sometimes there is simply not anything extra soaking up than observing a film that actually seems to be at existence at the darkish part, revealing these darkish elements of human nature that we discover so facinating. In Roger Ebert's choices of 27 video clips from the darkish Side, he deals a assorted choice from a glance on the seamy aspect of lifestyles in L.A. in Chinatown to a backwoods homicide long gone incorrect in Blood Simple. Throw in classics from Alfred Hitchcock, Notorious and Strangers on a Train, and French excursions de strength, Bob le Flambeur and Touchez Pas au Grisbi and you've acquired the primer on movie noir.

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Reeling: Film Writings 1972-1975

By Pauline Kael

This can be the fifth selection of Pauline Kael's movie studies from the recent Yorker journal masking the interval September 1972 to may well 1975. In her ahead, Kael mentions this time as a chance reviewers dream of with the paintings of "expansionist" administrators like Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, who offer audiences with the "mind-swaying sensation of experiencing a number of arts - at their maximum - mixed. We pop out reeling". The booklet covers the top of the Nixon period the place titles like suggest Streets, The Godfather half II, and Nashville have a "new openminded curiosity in studying American adventure, an curiosity right away skeptical, dissatisfied, despairing and lyrical". This booklet positive aspects 2 debatable goods - her lengthy prophetic analytical essay that stirred up a hurricane of rivalry, at the way forward for video clips; and her notorious overview of final Tango in Paris, the place she in comparison the 1st screening to the evening Le Sacre du Printemps was once first performed.

The collection's raves, except the formerly pointed out suggest Streets, Godfather II, and Nashville, comprise Sounder, The Heartbreak child, photographs, the way in which We have been, The lengthy see you later, Don't glance Now, Thieves Like Us, Alice Doesn't dwell right here Anymore, and Shampoo. Her pans contain Sleuth, misplaced Horizon, Papillon, The Day of the Dolphin, Mame, Lenny, and humorous woman. the gathering additionally comprises studies of Arlene Croce's The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers booklet, Norman Mailer's Marilyn, and her essay After Innocence at the Vietnamisation of yank video clips.

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Night and the City (BFI Film Classics)

By Andrew Pulver

Andrew Pulver’s learn of Night and the City argues that it's some of the most very important noir movies ever made. Drawing from biographies, journals and interviews, Pulver strains the film’s improvement and construction heritage and its reception by way of British and American critics, contemplating the movie either as an instance of British movie noir—which used to be seriously motivated through the constricting social mores of the interwar years and the shattering results of WWII—and additionally as a hybrid of contrasting American and ecu noir traditions. ultimately, Pulver explores the film’s representations of the darkish underworld of London’s Soho, instantaneously the city’s leisure region, but additionally containing a subterranean lifetime of illegal activity, prostitution and risk, and displays upon its contribution to an extended heritage of mythologising of this ever-shifting city panorama.

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Shadows (BFI Film Classics)

By Raymond Carney

This is a examine of the movie Shadows, directed by way of John Cassavetes. The movie tells the tale of 3 beatnik siblings residing jointly. during this booklet, Carney addresses how the movie bargains with racial issues, despite the director wishing it to be a human movie involved to rescue the "small emotions" of life.

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Wild Strawberries: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics)

By Angela Thirkell

Lovely, impecunious Mary Preston, newly arrived as a visitor of her Aunt Agnes on the remarkable wooded property of Rushwater, falls head over heels for good-looking playboy David Leslie. in the meantime, Agnes and her mom, the eccentric matriarch girl Emily, have hopes of a unique, greater fit for Mary. on the lavish Rushwater dance celebration, her destiny happiness hangs within the stability . . .

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Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002-2012

By Geoffrey O'Brien

“We watch what's relocating quick from a platform that also is relocating fast,” writes Geoffrey O’Brien at the start of Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows. This collection—gathering the simplest of a decade’s worthy of writing on movie by means of one in every of our such a lot bracing and innovative critics—ranges freely over the last, current, and way forward for the flicks, from the primal visible poetry of the silent period to the dizzying variations of the merging electronic age.

Here are 38 looking out essays on modern blockbusters like Spider-Man and Minority file; fresh leading edge triumphs like The Tree of Life and Beasts of the Southern Wild; and the intricacies of style mythmaking from chinese language martial arts motion pictures to the horror classics of Val Lewton. O’Brien probes the visionary artwork of vintage filmmakers—von Sternberg, Fod, Cocteau, Kurosawa, Godard—and the consequences of such diversified fresh paintings as Farenheit 9/11, The ardour of Christ, and The Sopranos. every one of those items is alert to the always-surprising intersections among display lifestyles and actual existence, and how that movie from the start has formed our feel of reminiscence and history.

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