"What is Modern Cinema?"
Adrian Martin left a comment on the previous post thread: he has a new book out. Sorry, but he's not getting away quite so easy! I'm a long-time Martinian, and this is fabulous news. It needs some megaphone treatment.
The book is called ¿Qué es el cine moderno? ("What is Modern Cinema?"), and is in Spanish. It was launched last week at the Valdivia film festival in Chile. At Quintin and Flavia's blog La lectora provisoria, here are two posts by Adrian: his book launch speech, and his talk on film criticism.
An excerpt from the introduction:
This book – after a small group of general essays – essentially discusses cinema through its artists, its directors. I do not bother to rehash the ancient arguments devised to convince readers of the existence of the cinema auteur – indeed, I have included some pointed reservations about auteurism, when the sole devotion to ‘auteur films’ (in the art-cinema or Film Festival circuit) blocks our ability to see anything else going on at the present moment in cinema – but I do adopt the method that French critic-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette called a poetique des auteurs (rather than the classic ‘50s politique des auteurs or ‘auteur policy’).
What is this ‘poetics of auteurs’? It entails grasping, in an artist’s work, the overall complex or gestalt of style and content, sensibility and poetic gesture – in order, finally, to probe, apply and extend that “very sensitive instrument” formed by a filmmaker’s personal vision of the world, a regard (in the double sense of both a look and an attitude) that is both critical and loving. And it is my hope that writing about film can, in its own way, also carry on the “amorous vigilance” of that double regard which is so unique to cinema.
Here are the book's contents. Previously unpublished pieces have a single asterisk, and new versions of previously published pieces a double asterisk.
Part 1: Histories
-- What is Modern Cinema?*
-- Ball of Fire*
-- Possessory Credit [from Framework]
Part 2: Pioneers
-- Style and Meaning in Robert Bresson [from PhD, 2006]
-- Crossing Marker [from an art catalogue, 2008]
-- Came So Far for Beauty: Jean-Luc Godard's Lyricism* 
-- Landscapes of the Mind: Roman Polanski**
-- John Cassavetes: Inventor of Forms**
Part 3: Innovators
-- Copious Associative Connections: Raúl Ruiz [edited from PhD]
-- Robert Kramer Films the Event [at Rouge]
-- Chantal Akerman: Walking Woman [at Unspoken Cinema]
-- Things to Look Into: Terrence Malick [at Rouge]
-- Abbas Kiarostami: The Earth Trembles [at 16:9]
-- What's Happening? Story and Scene in Hou Hsiao-hsien [edited from PhD]
-- Aki Kaurismaki: Realismo poético y alguna que otra copa ("Poetic Realism and a Few Drinks") [earlier translation at Miradas de Cine]
-- Pedro Costa: The Inner Life of a Film [forthcoming in Costa anthology, 2009]
-- Ticket to Ride: Claire Denis and the Cinema of the Body [edited from PhD]
-- Tsai-fi [edited and updated from Tren de Sombras]
-- Naomi Kawase: A Certain Dark Corner of Modern Cinema [Kawase anthology, 2008]
-- Apichatpong Weerasethakul, The Immaterial*
-- A Minority Report on Manoel de Oliveira*
There are also two outtakes that will likely be appearing online in a Chilean publication: the Ferrara essay in 16:9 that I linked to last week; and a previously unpublished essay on Philippe Garrel.
Adrian: Congratulations! And I hope we'll be able to read some of these hitherto unavailable pieces at your website when it launches next year.
-- The new issue of Film Quarterly is out, and five of the pieces are available online on pdf, including a history of the magazine by Ernest Callenbach and a piece on film criticism by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith.
-- Surfing, I stumbled upon this archived interview with Jean-Michel Frodon by Fergus Daly on film criticism. It originally appeared in Cinema Scope.
-- Peter Bradshaw on Paul Newman in The Guardian.
-- Lots of good new reading at Moving Image Source, including Miguel Marías on Paul Newman and Jonathan Rosenbaum on the new Orson Welles film by Richard Linklater.
-- Also, Jonathan has a post on "two ambitious web sites".
-- Acquarello has been filing dispatches from the New York film festival.
-- Cinephilic chivalry: David Cairns has single-handedly mounted a campaign to reclaim from oblivion the Julien Duvivier film, La fin du jour. It's not too late to request him to send you a DVD-R of it.
-- An online resources links post by Catherine Grant at Film Studies for Free.
-- Two posts on Touch of Evil: at Doug Cummings's and Dave Kehr's.
-- At The Evening Class, Michael Guillen posts a Q&A with Arnaud Desplechin about his new film, A Christmas Tale.
-- An interview with Mark Peranson, who has made a documentary about the filming of Albert Serra's Birdsong.
-- Tom von Logue Newth on Lisa Dombrowski's book on Samuel Fuller, at Film International.