Pedro Costa One-Stop
I'm in the middle of a Pedro Costa retrospective at Cinematheque Ontario. To make it a little more convenient for people searching for writings on his films on the Internet now and in the future, I thought I'd collect those links here in a one-stop post.
-- The most detailed Costa overview I've seen so far is by James Quandt in the Sept 2006 issue of Artforum. Unfortunately, it's not online but a reduced and revised version serves as the introductory essay for the retrospective.
-- At Rouge: A lengthy, thoughtful, amazing lecture that Costa gave to film students in Japan called "A Closed Door That Leaves Us Guessing"; and an essay on him by the Japanese film critic Shigehiko Hasumi.
-- A collection of Costa posts at Andy Rector's blog, Kinoslang.
-- Tag Gallagher's "Straub Anti-Straub" in the current issue of Senses of Cinema.
-- A collection of writings, many of them on blogs, in no particular order: Mark Peranson's Cannes '06 report in Cinema Scope; Dave McDougall at Chained to the Cinémathèque; Darren Hughes at Long Pauses; Acquarello at Strictly Film School; Michael Sicinski's TIFF '06 report at Greencine; Doug Cummings at Film Journey; Daniel Kasman at d+kaz; Jason Anderson in Toronto's Eye Weekly; Dave Kehr on Casa De Lava; Tom Charity's Vancouver '06 report at Greencine; Ruy Gardnier at A_Film_By; and my own post on Costa from last summer.
-- UPDATE: See Michael Guillen's Pedro Costa Next Stop post from several months later.
-- In addition to these online pieces, let me strongly recommend: Mark Peranson's interview with Costa in the summer '06 issue of Cinema Scope (issue #27); and Thom Andersen's essay in the Mar/Apr '07 issue Film Comment.
If you can think of anything I may have missed, either online or print, could you please consider adding them in the comments? Thanks much!
A busy/fun weekend, socially and cinema-wise. On Saturday, I met up with three Toronto cinephiles and Cinema Scope and Reverse Shot writers, Andrew Tracy, Adam Nayman and Travis Hoover, for beers and a pub meal before the screening of Pedro Costa’s film In Vanda’s Room. Yesterday I returned to Toronto, saw Costa’s first feature, O Sangue, and had the chance to spend the evening with him. Except for Andy Rector’s, Pedro didn’t know of any other filmblogs and asked if I could send him a link to this post; I promised him I would. The retrospective continues, and I’ll return to Toronto mid-week for his short films, the documentary on Straub/Huillet, and their film Sicilia!.
Worrying news: It appears that the British Film Institute (BFI) is negotiating to outsource its book-publishing arm, an important outlet for the publication of scholarly writing on film. What’s more, the authors of those books have had no voice in the negotiations or decision-making process. Pam Cook (author of The Cinema Book) has set up a blog to track these developments. Among other things, the blog contains a letter to the Guardian by numerous writer/scholars, and a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the proposed outsourcing. This is troubling news for film culture worldwide…