Monday, 4 January 2016

New LOLA, [in]TRANSITION, MOVIE, Film-Philosophy, Senses of Cinema plus a video essay on Todd Haynes' CAROL, and more!

An obvious side-by-side comparison by Catherine Grant, using images from BRIEF ENCOUNTER (David Lean, 1945) and CAROL (Todd Haynes, 2015), and the sound from the official trailer for CAROL, featuring the song ‘My Foolish Heart’ (music by Victor Young/lyrics by Ned Washington, sung by Margaret Whiting, 1950). For another recent video essay on BRIEF ENCOUNTER please visit For further video essays on films by Todd Haynes, see (on SAFE):; and on FAR FROM HEAVEN:

Film Studies For Free wishes its readers a very happy new year! It celebrates the beginning of the year with an auspicious round up of publications that went online either in the last few days of 2015, or in the first days of 2016.


LOLA, 6. 2015, on "Distances," edited by Adrian Martin and Girish Shambu 

This issue of LOLA will be rolled out in two stages. Soon to come: articles on The Smell of Us, Eden, Youth (Shoval), recent Spanish cinema, film criticism, and Alexandre Astruc/Bernard Stiegler …

[in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, 2.4, 2015
A special peer-reviewed issue co-edited by Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell, featuring five of the videos that emerged from the June 2015 workshop Scholarship in Sound & Image, hosted at Middleburg College, U.S.A., and generously funded by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities.

New issue of MOVIE: A Journal of Film Criticism, 6, 2015

Moments of Texture

The Best Years of Our Lives: A Dossier

Book Reviews

Also at MOVIE, new entries in its series of open access ebooks - monographs which originally appeared in the series Close-Up (Wallflower Press, 2006-09). These are free to download, and are available in epub and mobi formats.
Filmmakers' Choices - John Gibbs
Filmmakers’ Choices explores different areas of decision-making within filmmaking, focusing on each in the analysis of a film. The discussion of Talk to Her(Pedro Almodóvar, 2002) examines the detailed construction of point of view; the account of Lured (Douglas Sirk, 1947) reflects on narrative structure and the creative possibilities of coincidence. Other films under investigation include Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992), The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls, 1949) and Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992).
Movies and Tone - Douglas Pye 
The concept of tone gestures towards some of the most crucial issues for film analysis – the relationships of a movie to its material, its traditions and its spectator – and yet tone has had a very limited place in film theory and criticism. This study asks how tonal qualities within a film can be identified, exploring the decisions which lead to our grasp of tone as a dimension of meaning that is both informing and subject to moment-by-moment modulation. Discussion centres on The Deer Hunter, Desperately Seeking Susan, Strangers on a Train, Distant Voices, Still Lives and Some Came Running. 
The Police Series - Jonathan Bignell 
This study focuses on television style in the US police series. Chapters closely analyse the mise-en-scène of programmes in the 1980-2003 period including Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, NYPD Blue, Homicide: Life on the Street and CSI. Through the detailed investigation of changing aesthetics in the police series, Bignell addresses critical issues around style and ideology, ‘quality’, genre, programme brands and authorship in US television. 
Reading Buffy - Deborah Thomas 
In this book Joss Whedon’s acclaimed television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is seen not just to create a richly detailed and satisfying fictional world, but to be an abundant source of complex meanings. Several aspects of Buffy are examined: its visual intelligence, the playful sophistication of its narrative strategies, and the interest the series takes in its relationship with its many fans. 

Further new articles now online at Film-Philosophy, Vol 19 (2015)

Issue 77 of Senses of Cinema

Including: a dossier entitled CHANTAL AKERMAN: LA PASSION DE L’INTIME / AN INTIMATE PASSION; a dossier entitled  THE LEGACY OF PIER PAOLO PASOLINI; a dossier entitled AUSTRALIAN FILM HISTORY; and the following feature articles:

TONI D'ANGELA / No theory, just movies: le dehors



prima linea

l'occhio che uccide

flaming creatures

  • In Artforum, a wonderfully informative articles by Babette Mangolte, Chantal Akerman's cinematographer and collaborator, and by Kathy Halbreich, associate director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
  • Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman... Is a True Action Movie, a video essay by Adam Cook
  • RIP Vilmos Zsigmond, legendarily brilliant cinematographer (including for McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye, Deliverance, The Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He also worked on Obsession, Blow Out, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Black Dahlia, The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, and many more films besides). Here is a 70 minute long masterclass with Zsigmond at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival:

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