Download E-books An American in Paris (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Sue Harris

An American in Paris (1951) used to be a landmark movie within the careers of Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. A joyous social gathering of George Gershwin's track, French artwork, the great thing about dance and the fabled urban of sunshine, the movie was once heralded as a unprecedented instance of leisure 'for mass and sophistication alike'. Choreographed through Kelly on the top of his occupation, it gave new stature to the Hollywood musical, and showcased as by no means earlier than the inventive ambition, technical abilities, inventive mind's eye and collaborative ethos of MGM's pioneering Arthur Freed Unit.

Sue Harris attracts on archival fabric to track the film's improvement from belief to reveal. delivering new insights into the layout approach particularly, she exhibits how An American in Paris demonstrated the cinematic template for a urban with which Hollywood may develop into more and more infatuated within the a long time to follow.

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Download E-books Narration in Light: Studies in Cinematic Point of View PDF

A whole figuring out and appreciation of narrative movie, George Wilson argues, calls for an idea of standpoint unavoidably specified from, but corresponding to, modern theories of standpoint in prose fiction. Now on hand in paperback, Narration in mild lays the principles for a brand new account of cinematic aspect of view.

Focusing at the certain ways that a movie controls the entry of its audience to the occasions that represent its narrative, Wilson deals shut viewings of 5 vintage Hollywood videos: you just reside as soon as, North by way of Northwest, Letter from an Unknown girl, The satan Is a girl, and insurgent with no reason. His enlightening and wonderful interpretations display outstanding strength and complexity in well known, major-studio movies. Their point-of-view suggestions let them current either visible and indirect views on their topics, offering sophisticated evaluations of ideology inside traditional drama and narrative.

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Download E-books Shoah (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Sue Vice

Claude Lanzmann’s nine-and-a-half-hour 1985 epic Shoah—its identify is the Hebrew note for “catastrophe”—is the distillation of greater than 350 hours of movie accrued over eleven years. It tells the tale of the Holocaust via interviews with the survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators. In 2000, the Guardian movie critic Derek Malcolm known as it “one of the main striking motion pictures ever made.” It has additionally provoked debates concerning the very threat of Holocaust illustration. Sue Vice offers a loyal examine of the movie, discussing the tricky function of Lanzmann because the director and the various controversies and conclusions that Shoah has produced. the various subject matters she covers are: Lanzmann as filmmaker, mise-en-scène, Lanzmann as interviewer, the ethics of filming, testimony, and more.

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Download E-books The Big Lebowski (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By J.M. Tyree

Since its unencumber approximately ten years in the past, The enormous Lebowski has turn into a cult vintage with a global following, having survived the baffled response of many mainstream critics. Its enthusiasts are usually fanatical, congregating at 'Lebowski Conventions' in bowling alleys throughout American and Britain, or even dressing up as characters from the movie. one of the funniest movies of the final twenty-five years, and one of many high-water marks of Nineteen Nineties style recycling and pastiche, The substantial Lebowski is usually plagued by playful and subversive references to movie background, specifically to Raymond Chandler's international of hardboiled detective classics and the area of movie noir. The tremendous Lebowski is the rarest type of movie, a comedy whose jokes turn into funnier with repetition. a similar is going for its multitudinous jukebox-like references to different motion pictures, lots of which open up vistas for intertextual interpretation. beneath the film's breakneck pacing and foul-mouthed characters, a farcical choice of flakes, losers, and phonies, is a shockingly humane account of what fools we mortals be. it's one of many oddest blood brother motion pictures ever made, with notable performances through Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. during this research, The sizeable Lebowski is decided into the context of Nineteen Nineties Hollywood cinema, anatomised for its witty dating with the classics which it satirises, and mentioned when it comes to its key topic: the hopeless flailing of ridiculously unmanly males on the earth of discombobulated, mixed-up, or put-on identities that's la.

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Download E-books The Tales of Hoffmann (BFI Film Classics) PDF

The stories of Hoffmann (1951) is a distinct and demanding movie, either within the historical past of British cinema and within the background of interdisciplinary art-making. it's the first full-throttle presentation of an opera on display: a Technicolor exploration of romance, fable, and failure, extra danced than sung, that reinvents the "total paintings of art."

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Download E-books 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock PDF

By James Bell

This is often the 1st in a brand new sequence of compendia from the British movie Institute. This outsized quantity good points 39 heavily-illustrated essays of various lengths. lots of the authors are culled from Sight and Sound journal, yet different members contain Charles Barr, Sidney Gottlieb, Patrick McGilligan, Ken Mogg, David Thomson, Camille Paglia, Laura Mulvey, Kent Jones, invoice Krohn, and Guillermo del Toro, who himself has written a booklet on Hitchcock that's but to be translated into English.

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