Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Handful of Reads

-- Cinematheque Ontario is doing a series, curated by Jean-Pierre Gorin, on essay films. Also: Andrew Tracy on essay films at Moving Image Source.

-- Glenn Kenny on Cinemascope at the Auteurs Notebook; David Bordwell is among those who weigh in after the post.

-- Bordwell: on the sexual use of bedposts in movies; on Shaw Brothers widescreen cinema; and on four little-known but interesting Hollywood films from 1933.

-- Dave Kehr in the NYT: two horror film articles (one and two); on new Sirk and Buñuel DVDs; and on Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol. (Also: Dan North on the Zemeckis.)

-- From the Viennale, Gabe Klinger reflects on film festivals. Also: Gabe on the AFI Fest.

-- Jonathan Rosenbaum: on "recycled cinema" (Rivette's Divertimento and Stone's Natural Born Killers); a dialogue between Jonathan and Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa on Kiarostami's Shirin; on Resnais and Marker's Statues Don't Die; and on his favorite Ford film, The Sun Shines Bright (1953), which I've never seen but just found online in a used VHS copy.

-- An autodidact's joy: "250 Free Courses from Top Universities," all online.

-- Catherine Grant: links to some introductions to film studies; a collection of studies of the close-up; and writings in phenomenological film and media studies.

-- Chris Cagle evaluates several currently used film history textbooks.

-- Michael Guillen assembles a large post of Robert Beavers' comments to audiences during the filmmaker's recent 2-week residency in San Francisco.

-- Ben Sachs relates Michael Mann to 19th century painting at The Auteurs Notebook.

-- Michael Anderson at Tativille offers an essay on the "taxonomy of the 360-degree panorama."

-- Michael Byrne at The Nation on the films of Dusan Makavejev.

-- Pedro Costa discusses his Jeanne Balibar documentary, Ne Change Rien, with Scott Foundas: “When the Lumière brothers did a shot, the movement inside the shot is almost impossible to re-create today [...] I am always very afraid when I see a little dog crossing the street in a Lumière brothers film, afraid it’s going to be crushed by a Model T. It’s something very concrete, this menace. Then Chaplin did the same thing consciously, and Stroheim took it further. We could see so many things in those films that, today, you only see in some Filipino or Chinese films, or sometimes on TV, in some documentaries. Everything beautiful and everything dangerous and everything that has to do with society disappeared a little bit from films. I’m becoming very reactionary, but Straub would say you have to go back to the past to push things forward.”

-- Newly discovered blog: Matthew Holtmeier's Cinema Without Organs.

pic: Chris Marker's Sans Soleil (1983), in Jean-Pierre Gorin and Cinematheque Ontario's essay film series.


Anonymous just another film buff said...

Thanks for the links Girish,

Here is a wonderful review of "For the Love of Movies" by Joel Bocko. Hope to see the movie some day.

November 16, 2009 2:58 AM  
Anonymous Laurent said...

Great list Girish. Here's another read:

A new translation of Serge Daney's review of Out of Africa.

It was written in 1988 for the French newspaper Libération and is all about television, advertising and cinema.

November 16, 2009 3:58 AM  
Blogger girish said...

JAFB and Laurent, thanks for those!

November 16, 2009 7:26 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

Such a rich assemblage, Girish! Thanks for including me. Now to find the time for the rest....

November 17, 2009 6:54 AM  
Blogger ZC said...

Worthy round-up, Girish, to help me procrastinate ...

(By the way, maybe the title should be "A Pawful of Reads," given the Sans soleil screencap?)

November 17, 2009 8:05 AM  
Blogger Matthew Holtmeier said...

Thanks for the shout out, Girish!

November 18, 2009 5:21 AM  
Blogger girish said...

You're very welcome, Maya, Zach, Matthew!

Zach, I'd be curious to learn sometime how you've been liking Chicago as a "cinephile city"--its film culture, screening opportunities, etc.

November 19, 2009 12:17 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Speaking of screenings, I haven't had a chance to head up to the Cinematheque in Toronto this season, but I'm going up this weekend. I'll see WILD RIVER, part of the Elia Kazan series. I was also hoping to catch Hou's CITY OF SADNESS, but they canceled the screening this weekend.

Good news: the Cinematheque is also doing a limited run of Lucretia Martel's THE HEADLESS WOMAN beginning next weekend. It's finally good to see it released here in these parts.

November 19, 2009 12:22 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Sorry to hear you'll miss the City of Sadness print, girish! I got to see it a couple weeks ago - having never seen the film before - and wrote up a bloggish reaction piece here.

Wish I loved the Headless Woman more than I did. I think there's something I'm not 'getting' about Martel's films; I've like all three features but don't see in them what seems to make others go all rapturous in their praise.

November 19, 2009 8:31 PM  
Blogger Ignatiy Vishnevetsky said...

Seems the same thing happened with the Hou in Chicago. Maybe the print has a hex on it.

Let me take this time to recommend the above-linked Ben Sachs' (he of the Mann and Cole piece) pretty amazing review of the new Frederick Wiseman movie.

November 20, 2009 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Conall said...

The Pedro Costa interview - and particularly the part you quoted - is great, thank you!

November 22, 2009 2:10 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Rosenbaum said...

A belated but important addition to the list: a lengthy, rather comprehensive interview with Adrian Martin at Indian Auteur:

November 26, 2009 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>The Sun Shines Bright (1953), which I've never seen but just found online in a used VHS copy.

You should really make a torrent or put it on youtube or something, that film is much harder to find than one might expect.

December 01, 2009 6:48 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Rosenbaum said...

I believe it's available on a Spanish DVD--either Spanish or Portuguese.

December 01, 2009 11:51 AM  
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