Thursday, January 03, 2013

LOLA 3, etc.

Adrian Martin and I have just released the third issue of LOLA. The theme of the issue is "Masks".

As we did last time, we have put up a first group of pieces, and we will roll out the rest of the issue this month. The centerpiece of LOLA 3 is a large section devoted to Leos Carax's Holy Motors. The first part of this dossier, featuring ten writers, is up now. We will close the issue in a few weeks with the final part.

Also up now are essays by film scholars Erika Balsom (on a trip to Greece to see Gregory Markopoulos' films at Temenos), Philip Brophy (on the cinema of Crispin Hellion Glover), and Yvette Bíró (on Pietro Germi's 1962 film Numbered Days).

Update: Five more articles are now up: by Cristina Álvarez López, Dana Linssen, Luc Moullet, Tom O'Regan and me (it's my first long-form piece for LOLA, and it's on the Toronto International Film Festival).

I will make sure to announce the rest of the issue here as we roll it out. Happy New Year -- and happy reading!

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I'm in Madras, India, visiting my parents over the holiday break, and have had a chance to catch up on a goodly amount of recent cinema reading. Let me share links to it here:

-- A great Tony Scott tribute at MUBI with entries by a couple of dozen critics.

-- Unearthing a great two-year-old interview with Tom Gunning at Tableau: "There’s this quote that I often inflict on my students, that I heard from a Romanian scholar under Ceauşescu, the last Stalinist government that would rewrite history every morning: “The future is what we put our faith in, because the past is always changing and is so unreliable.” Although for them it was a joke about government policy, for me it’s a profound statement about history. History keeps on changing; our image of the past transforms."

-- Best-of-the-Year Lists: David Hudson's personal "best of 2012"; Desistfilm; Film Comment (released and unreleased films); BFI's "best DVDs and Blu-rays of the year"; Village Voice; Reverse ShotIndependencia (France); Srikanth Srinivasan at The Seventh Art; Filipe Furtado, 1 and 2; Kevin Lee's "Essential Online Videos of 2012"; and Steve Erickson's "best political documentaries of the year".

-- New issues of: Screening the Past; Cinema Scope; Artforum with a special focus on Chris Marker;  NECSUS journal; Cineaste; and Vertigo (UK).

-- Jonathan Rosenbaum: A post with links to about 25 pieces available on the web that are not yet on his website; reviews of two recent film books, on Tarkovsky's Stalker and Ozu's Late Spring, at Film Comment; on Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret at the FIPRESCI website; an exchange on Citizen Kane originally published in Cinema Journal in 1987; and an essay-post on the best movies of 1996

-- Catherine Grant's great, new essay "Déjà-Viewing: Videographic Experiments in Intertextual Film Studies" is in the latest issue of Mediascape. Also, she has many links-filled entries at Film Studies for Free: A post collecting the online pieces of Christian Keathley; rounding up links to Frames journal issues 1 and 2 (the previous links to issue 1 are no longer valid); "A Stocking Full of eReading and Viewing"; "Chronicle of an Auteur: More Antonioni Goodness!";  and "New Senses of Cinema".  

-- An hour-long video interview with Adrian Martin on the subject of the "figural" in cinema; and his new Filmkrant column on OOO (object-oriented ontology) and cinema.

-- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky: A collection of capsule reviews he wrote in 2012 for Cine-File; and a half-dozen new pieces in the last month at MUBI.

-- Farran Smith Nehme on the French film Razzia sur la Chnouf (1955), one of the Siren's recent favorites. 

-- Roland François-Lack, aka The Cine-Tourist, meticulously identifies the locations in Holy Motors

-- Interviews: William Klein in Sight & Sound; Pier Paolo Pasolini interviewed by James Blue in 1965; Christian Petzold on Barbara; and Miguel Gomes, 1 and 2.

-- via Cinetrix: Mark Fisher has a tumblr page. Most recent: a post on Cronenberg's eXistenZ.

-- Dennis Lim in Artforum on the recent Rome film festival.

-- Michael Sicinski's epic TIFF reviews page.

-- Gwendolyn Audrey Foster: "Fifties Hysteria Returns: Doomsday Prepping in a Culture of Fear, Death, and Automatic Weapons".

-- Steve Rybin on Douglas Sirk.

-- Ted Fendt on Godard's 1998 short Adieu au TNS.

-- Rose McLaren: "The Prosaic Sublime of Béla Tarr".

-- Simon Sellars: "In Defence of the Virtual: A Secret History of Ballardian Film Adaptations".

-- via Trevor Link: "A Working Guide to 1960s Japanese Cinema".

-- Electric Sheep magazine honors the late Koji Wakamatsu in a special issue.

-- From the archives of Screening the Past: Chika Kinoshita's "Choreography of desire: analysing Kinuyo Tanaka's acting in Mizoguchi's films": "The most fascinating aspect of the penultimate scene of The life of Oharu is the way in which Tanaka scurries through the palace, chasing after her son. How can we account for the fascination generated by her steps?" (Thanks, Dan Morgan.)

pic: Leos Carax in Holy Motors.


Blogger Just Another Film Buff said...

Thanks so much for the plug and the reading list, Girish.

That Tom Gunning quote made my day.

Also, belatedly, congratulations to you, Adrian and team on the third issue of LOLA. The HOLY MOTORS dossier is indispensable.

Hope you are having a great time in Chennai (my name-sake hometown, I half-wish I was there now!).

A very happy new year to you and the readers!

January 03, 2013 4:24 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Srikanth! I loved your end-of-year post.

I'm in Chennai for the next four days, still getting used to the midwinter heat and humidity. Will spend the day at Loyola College tomorrow listening to lectures along with a student team from my college that is spending a week here.

Wish you a very happy new year!

January 03, 2013 4:44 AM  
Anonymous David T. Johnson said...

I very much liked your discussion of your experience of TIFF in Lola 3, Girish. I think you bring out well how the juxtapositions of various films in a festival can serve to provoke inquiries that one might not arrive at in other contexts; set against one another, these films one might not normally group together begin to speak to one another in some fascinating ways.

In particular, I was especially grateful for this passage:

"This sub-plot moved me because it crystallises the late-capitalist moment in which we live. Today, it is a brutal reality for many or most young people that their desires and aptitudes simply do not line up with the labour they perform to make a living. And so, they are forced to split their lives in two: the part they give of themselves to the world in order to simply survive, and the part they keep for themselves to devote to the work or pursuit they truly love."

I think this is _the_ challenge for _any_ of us who care about cinema and about the humanities more generally, whether we are working within or outside of a university campus. There is a constant neoliberal refrain that emphasizes being "realistic" and simply avoiding this split altogether, and while not everyone can or should pursue careers in the arts or even studying the arts, it doesn't therefore follow that one should _give up_ on one's passionate engagement with cinema or any other aesthetic experience (which, at their best, as you show, are political engagements as well). I can't stand the cynicism and condescension implicit in the dismissal of the humanities as somehow additive or extra. They are essential.

Anyway, thank you for the fine reflections here, as always.

January 08, 2013 8:31 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Great to hear from you, as always, Dave! Thank you for your thoughtful comments: I agree 100% with what you write.

Thanks for reading the TIFF piece. Hope all's well. Cheers.

January 08, 2013 5:04 PM  
Blogger Andrew Gilbert said...

Always look forward to your posts and reading lists. The Holy Motors dossier for LOLA is fantastic, along with Mubi's series on Tony Scott has been a great way to engage in these complex works.

I also loved your interview in Photogenie, particularly your thoughts on the journalist/academic divide.

January 09, 2013 5:30 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you, Andrew!

I just realized that I forgot to post a link to the interview here.

(I was interviewed about cinephilia by Sam Roggen of the Belgian website Photogenie.)

January 10, 2013 3:31 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

In the LRB before last:
"keep that doubt open - that perhaps the case for the humanities is made elsewhere, in the impossible connections between people and places. In patience bordering on silence."

Lovely new issue of Lola, as the first two already were.

January 10, 2013 3:30 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thank you, Nathan! I will search for the LRB piece you mention...

January 11, 2013 6:29 AM  
Anonymous David T. Johnson said...

Great interview in Girish--just to second Andrew's thoughts, I also liked your reflections on the journalist/academic divide.

And Nathan, would you mind posting the specific article where your quotation comes from? I'd love to read the longer piece. Thanks!

January 11, 2013 7:17 PM  
Anonymous David T. Johnson said...

That should read "Great interview in _Photogenie_, Girish" though I'm sure you have more great interviews in you!

January 11, 2013 7:20 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Sure: It's the Diary, by Barbara Graziosi, in the Christmas number (vol. 34 no. 24).
But I should point out that though it's of course a very fine read, this statement is in the final paragraph of an article that's not actually a systematic exploration of the meaning of the humanities. The final lines struck me as relevant, though!

January 13, 2013 4:22 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks for that, Nathan.

January 13, 2013 9:35 AM  
Anonymous David T. Johnson said...

Thanks Nathan!

January 13, 2013 10:18 AM  
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