Posts in category: Film
By Fernaldo Di Giammatteo
By Robert K. Johnston
"Considering the millions of flicks proven each year, and the enormous crowds who rush to work out them, it truly is outstanding that so little sustained Christian recognition has been paid to the realm of the 'big screen.' movies can surely form and alter our basic attitudes and ideology. the following, eventually, is an try and take that with theological seriousness. Reel Spirituality won't merely support us increase a Christian knowledge approximately movie; in flip, it is going to additionally make us ask looking questions on the Christian religion and how we convey it. all through, the e-book is obtainable and fascinating. I commend it such a lot warmly."
--Jeremy Begbie, Duke Divinity institution
"If there's a unmarried accomplished creation to the discussion among Christian theology and picture, this booklet is it. . . . whereas the publication is written in a mode that's available to non-academic audiences, it'd be excellent because the foundational textual content for a graduate or undergraduate introductory direction in theology and film."
--Religious reviews overview
"Robert Johnston has written the main finished survey at present on hand on theology and movie. it is a masterful review either one of theologically proper movies and their research through different students. it truly is hugely obtainable, penetrating, fair-minded within the remedy of others, but packed with Johnston's personal trenchant insights approximately motion pictures. This authoritative examine is a must-read booklet for somebody drawn to the quickly increasing box of exploring the theological dimensions of latest film."
--Robert Jewett, writer of Saint Paul on the Movies
"May rather well be the simplest total textual content on theology and picture in that [Johnston] pulls jointly many options from the sector at huge whereas supplying a few worthwhile heritage which areas concerns in context. . . . Johnston's booklet will paintings rather well in college/seminary classes in addition to in neighborhood church examine groups."
--Perspectives in spiritual Studies
By James Curtis
He used to be the consummate dressmaker of movie structure on a grand scale, motivated via German expressionism and the paintings of the nice ecu administrators. He was once recognized for his visible aptitude and undying innovation, a guy who meticulously preplanned the colour and layout of every movie via a sequence of continuity sketches that made transparent digicam angles, lights, and the actors’ positions for every scene, translating dramatic conventions of the level to the hot services of movie.
here's the long-awaited publication on William Cameron Menzies, Hollywood’s first and maximum creation fashion designer, a role name David O. Selznick invented for Menzies’ striking, all-encompassing, Academy Award–winning paintings on Gone With the Wind (which he successfully co-directed).
It was once Menzies—winner of the first-ever Academy Award for artwork path, together for The Dove (1927) and Tempest (1928), and who used to be to boot a director (fourteen photographs) and a manufacturer (twelve pictures)—who replaced the way in which videos have been (and nonetheless are) made, in a occupation that spanned 4 a long time, from the Twenties during the Nineteen Fifties. His greater than a hundred and twenty motion pictures comprise Rosita (1923), Things to Come (1936), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Kings Row (1942), Mr. Lucky (1943), The delight of the Yankees (1943), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Address Unknown (1944), It’s a superb Life (1947), Invaders from Mars (1953), and Around the area in eighty Days (1956).
Now, James Curtis, acclaimed movie historian and biographer, writes of Menzies’ lifestyles and paintings because the so much influential dressmaker within the background of movie. His artistry encompassed the big, scenic drawings of Douglas Fairbanks’ The Thief of Bagdad (1924), which created a brand new regular for good looks at the monitor and whose unique fairy-tale units are nonetheless considered as natural genius. (“I observed The Thief of Bagdad while it first got here out,” stated Orson Welles—he used to be, on the time, a nine-year-old boy. “I’ll always remember it.”) Curtis writes of Menzies’ layout and supervision of John Barrymore’s loved Rogue (1927), a movie that is still a masterpiece of craft and synthesis, probably the most particular photos to emerge from Hollywood’s waning days of silent motion pictures, and of his amazing, opulent appointments for Gone With the Wind (1939).
It used to be Menzies who outlined and solidified the function of paintings director as having total keep watch over of the glance of the movie, taking part with manufacturers like David O. Selznick and Samuel Goldwyn; with administrators corresponding to D. W. Griffith, Raoul Walsh, Alfred Hitchcock, Lewis Milestone, and Frank Capra. And with actors as diversified as Ingrid Bergman, W. C. Fields, Cary supply, Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Vivien Leigh, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and David Niven.
Interviewing colleagues, actors, administrators, pals, and relations, and with complete entry to the William Cameron Menzies family members number of unique art, correspondence, scrapbooks, and unpublished writing, Curtis brilliantly provides us the path-finding paintings of the movies’ such a lot bold and dynamic creation dressmaker: his evolution as artist, paintings director, creation dressmaker, and director. here's a portrait of a guy in his time that makes transparent how the flicks have been without end remodeled through his startling, visionary work.
(With sixteen pages of colour illustrations, and black-and-white photos throughout.)
By Michael Ondaatje
The Conversations" is a treasure, crucial for any lover or scholar of movie, and an extraordinary, intimate glimpse into the worlds of 2 comprehensive artists who proportion a very good ardour for movie and storytelling, and whose wisdom and love of the crafts of writing and movie shine via.
It was once at the set of the motion picture edition of his Booker Prize-winning novel, "The English Patient," that Michael Ondaatje met the grasp movie and sound editor Walter Murch, and the 2 begun a outstanding own dialog in regards to the making of flicks and books in our time that persisted over years. From these conversations stemmed this enlightened, affectionate e-book -- a mine of fantastic, extraordinary observations and knowledge approximately modifying, writing and literature, song and sound, the I-Ching, desires, artwork and historical past.
"The Conversations" is stuffed with tales approximately how probably the most very important videos of the final thirty years have been made and in regards to the those who introduced them to the display. It strains the creative development of Murch, in addition to his associates and contemporaries -- together with administrators comparable to Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Fred Zinneman and Anthony Minghella -- from the production of the autonomous, anti-Hollywood Zoetrope by means of a handful of fabulous, bearded younger males to the hot triumph of "Apocalypse Now Redux."
one of the movies Murch has labored on are "American Graffiti," "The Conversation," the remake of "A contact of Evil," "Julia," "Apocalypse Now," "The Godfather" (all three), "The gifted Mr. Ripley," and "The English Patient."
""Walter Murch is a real oddity in Hollywood. a real highbrow and renaissance guy who looks clever and personal on the centre of varied transitority storms to do with movie making and his entire new release of filmmakers. He is familiar with, most likely, the place many of the our bodies are buried."
By Éric Dufour
Quand le cinéma de science-fiction est-il né ? Quelles sont les formes qu’il a prises avant de s‘imposer comme un style à half entière ? Que peut-on y lire et que nous apprend-il du regard que nous portons sur le monde qui nous entoure ?
De ses débuts comme style dans l’Amérique des années 1950 jusqu’à aujourd’hui, toutes les facettes de ce cinéma sont ici décrites et analysées selon des angles résolument novateurs. Grâce à de très nombreux exemples, nous découvrons remark, de l. a. peur atomique des années de Guerre froide à l’émergence, trente ans plus tard, du cyberpunk, les motion pictures de science-fiction nous éclairent sur les évolutions technologiques et esthétiques de leur époque.
Dans un moment temps, l’ouvrage suggest une typologie des figures visuelles et narratives, depuis l’imagerie du voyage dans l’espace ou celle de l’extraterrestre jusqu’à l. a. critique sociale et politique, et montre combien ce style cinématographique, qui est création d’un monde, est fondé sur l. a. désorientation de l’homme face à ses propres repères.
Éric DUFOUR est professeur à l’Université de Grenoble. Il est spécialiste d’esthétique et a écrit plusieurs ouvrages sur los angeles musique et sur le cinéma.
By Stella Bruzzi
During this re-creation of Stella Bruzzi's winning advent to modern non-fiction movie , the writer addresses key matters inside documentary film-making, corresponding to functionality, gender, authorship and narrative, discussing the paintings of top film-makers, together with Michael Moore, Nick Broomfield and Errol Morris.
By John Alton
Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impression at the cinematic medium as John Alton. most sensible identified for his hugely stylized movie noir classics T-Men, He Walked by means of Night, and The huge Combo, Alton earned a name through the Forties and Nineteen Fifties as certainly one of Hollywood's consummate craftsmen via his visible signature of crisp shadows and sculpted beams of sunshine. No much less popular for his virtuoso colour cinematography and deft appropriation of widescreen and Technicolor, he earned an Academy Award in 1951 for his paintings at the musical An American in Paris. First released in 1949, and lengthy out of print given that then, Painting With Light continues to be one of many few actually canonical statements at the artwork of movie images, an unrivalled historic rfile at the workings of the postwar, American cinema. In easy, non-technical language, Alton explains the task of the cinematographer and explores how lighting fixtures, digital camera options, and selection of destinations be certain the visible temper of movie. Todd McCarthy's advent, written particularly for this version, offers an outline of Alton's biography and profession and explores the effect of his paintings on modern cinematography.
By Danny Peary
Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to The Rocky Horror photograph convey to Harold and Maude—midnight videos retain you up well past your bedtime, no matter if you’re curled up at the sofa or in a theater packed with like-minded fanatics. They invoke responses starting from “Why am I gazing this?” to “I can’t think I’m observing this!” during this selection of 37 essays drawn from his respected Cult Movies sequence, cult movie expert Danny Peary examines, dissects, defends, and exalts nighttime video clips from his detailed and fascinating viewpoint. His writing is a cornerstone of the cult movie tradition that maintains to flourish at the present time. New to this book sequence are Danny Peary’s cult motion picture checklists for every style. each middle of the night motion picture fan will stroll away with newly came across gemstones to monitor, and a newfound appreciation of his or her favorites.