Monday, March 19, 2012

Links to Recent Reading

A handful of recent reads:

-- At Lumière, several artists and writers including Nicole Brenez, Luc Moullet, Nathaniel Dorsky, Matthew Flanagan, Ted Fendt, Andy Rector and Edwin Mak pick the cinema events and highlights of 2011.

-- Nicole Brenez was in New York recently.

-- Using a series of images, Daniel Kasman draws intriguing parallels between William Wellman's Midnight Mary (1933) and John Carpenter's They Live (1988).

-- At Cine Transit: "Avatars of the Encounter" by Adrian Martin, in English and Spanish, the translation performed by Cristina Álvarez López in collaboration with Adrian. Also: "In-Flight Movie," this month's entry in Adrian's regular column for Filmkrant.

-- Via Adrian: Donald Reid on Film Socialisme at n+1; Andrew Gallix on the "death of literature" in the Guardian.

-- As always, Catherine Grant has been super-productive in the last couple of weeks: (1) A video essay comparing sequences from the silent and sound versions of Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929); (2) She has started a new video essay column at Press Play called Audiovisualcy; and (3) She has new posts on ""Dangerous" Cinematic Women Studies" and "practice-led research" in audiovisual film studies.

-- Nico Baumbach's essay "What Is, or Was, Cinephilia?" in Film Comment, is now available online in three parts: One; Two; and Three. Also at Film Comment: Jonathan Rosenbaum remembers Gilbert Adair.

-- At ArtInfo, J. Hoberman is now the proprietor of a blog called Movie Journal.

-- The new issue of Framework has two dossiers on "work," guest edited by Elena Gorfinkel and Ewa Mazierska respectively.

-- Great news: V.F. Perkins' BFI book on The Rules of the Game will be out this summer.

-- David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson are partnering with Criterion to create an hour-long set of 20 videos on various aspects of filmmaking.

-- (Via Andrew Klevan) Edwin Davies on the show Luck and the future of serialized television.

-- Ubuweb puts up an interview with Ornette Coleman by Jacques Derrida [PDF]. (Via Rowena Santos Aquino, who runs one of the best cinephile/criticism pages on Twitter.)

-- Cinema retrospective news via Chris Mason Wells: Anthology Film Archives is running programs of films by Carmelo Bene and Sara Driver.

-- The Andrzej Żuławski retrospective in NYC has generated a lot of interest. David Hudson rounds up the pieces and interviews.

-- I've been enjoying the new translation (by Richard Howard) of Roland Barthes' Mythologies.

pic: Sara Driver's Sleepwalk (1986). See AltScreen's collection of links on the film here.


Blogger girish said...

Ah, Catherine's been EVEN busier than I thought: here is a great recent post on Jean Epstein studies. She also points out that the new University of Amsterdam book on Epstein is now available for download.

March 20, 2012 9:19 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Daniel Fairfax interviews Jean-Louis Comolli in the new issue of Senses of Cinema.

March 20, 2012 9:33 AM  
Blogger girish said...

A new post at Catherine's place: "Video Essays and Scholarly Remix: Film Scholarship’s Emergent Forms - Audiovisual Film Studies, Pt 2".

March 20, 2012 2:14 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Ben Sachs: "Who’s the greatest alcohol-inspired filmmaker? I guess that depends if you mean directors who were known for depicting alcohol consumption or those who often worked under the influence. The first category would include George Cukor, Akira Kurosawa, Blake Edwards, and Billy Wilder; the second would include Nicholas Ray, Sam Peckinpah, John Ford (who made light of his predilection in The Wings of Eagles), and the underrated independent Eagle Pennell (The Whole Shootin' Match). John Cassavetes and South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo straddle both camps..."

March 20, 2012 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Evelyn Roak said...

Gregory La Cava fits in the middle of that Venn diagram and is one of the finest at that.

March 23, 2012 6:18 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Not sure I've seen *anything* by La Cava: I now will.

March 23, 2012 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Evelyn Roak said...

Unfortunately many are difficult to see, though the obvious starting point, My Man Godfrey, is available on Netflix Instant.

La Cava is perhaps the equal of Leo McCarey in getting brilliant, modern, funny performances of great range and depth from actors.

Unfinished Business really fits the alcohol theme here and features amazing work from Irene Dunne and Robert Montgomery (though, really, is Irene Dunne ever not incredible?).

March 24, 2012 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Evelyn Roak said...

Amended to say the Netflix My Man Godfrey is apparently a subpar print and as there is a Criterion DVD of the film that is probably a much better viewing choice.

March 24, 2012 1:00 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Wow, I had forgotten that La Cava did MY MAN GODFREY (I adore the film, and have only seen the long-ago bad transfer). Must seek out the Criterion. Thanks.

March 24, 2012 4:06 PM  
Blogger girish said...

David Hudson has a post with links on James Gray and Jordan Mintzer's recent book about him.

March 26, 2012 1:11 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Good news: super-cinephile/critic/filmmaker Dan Sallitt's film UNSPEAKABLE ACT has been selected for the BAMCinemaFest.

March 28, 2012 4:54 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Working on a new post; shall put it up on Monday.

March 30, 2012 1:18 PM  

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