-- Catherine Grant, with characteristic generosity, has put up two enormously valuable posts of links: on cinephilia and on auteurism and film authorship.
-- There is a lot to read at Jonathan's place: his best-of list for 1998, with detailed annotations; "Le Vrai Coupable: Two Kinds of Criticism in Godard's Work," an essay that appeared previously in Screen; a piece on Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma written originally for Trafic; and a 1973 review of Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. Also: an essay on video art at Moving Image Source.
-- From "Collages," Adrian's current column at Filmkrant: "One of the most beautiful books I have ever read is by a visionary Italian artist (now in his 80s, and recently the director of a powerful video piece about prisons) named Gianfranco Baruchello; the book is 'Why Duchamp', and bears the subtitle 'An Essay on Aesthetic Impact'. In this wide-ranging and far-reaching discourse, Baruchello speaks of his 'art of collecting': 'Maybe one day I'll make an inventory of all the things that clutter up my mind in a way that implies that each of these things is a complement of all the others, and that what they're looking for is the secret of what all of them can mean together'. But, in the meantime, he says, he will just continue to work, putting one thing next to another [...] In May, the Spanish version of 'Cahiers du cinéma' gave a sign that old-style print magazines are truly changing to accommodate the influence of the Internet: included as part of an excellent supplement devoted to the great Portuguese director Pedro Costa is a vivid, three-page collage by Andy Rector, mixing images from films by Costa, Ford, Chaplin, Raoul Walsh and Charles Laughton. It is an argument in images, posing resonances between filmmakers who, however separated by history or nationality, nonetheless form a tradition of cinematic purity and resistance."
-- More Adrian-watch: A new essay on Will Ferrell (in English) at the Spanish magazine Miradas de Cine; an excoriating review of Richard Brody's Godard biography (reproduced with an introductory note by Andy Rector at Andy's place); "Poetics of Garrel," a 2006 piece; and a link to a podcast lecture on video art delivered in Sydney recently.
-- There is a vigorous discussion on Philippe Garrel in progress at Dave Kehr's. Also: Dave's Garrel DVD review in the NYT.
-- The indispensable David Hudson rounds up the summer issue of Cineaste for us.
-- Doug Cummings on Armand Gatti: "One of the most acclaimed theater writer/directors of the 20th century, Gatti was originally a member of the informal Left Bank group of filmmakers that included Alain Resnais, Chris Marker, Agnès Varda, Henri Colpi, and Jean Cayrol, but due to the fact that none of his films have been released on video in the US, he remains an elusive figure for many cinephiles."
-- Next week Dudley Andrew is giving a series of 4 lectures at York University in Toronto. His upcoming book is Where Cinema is! André Bazin’s Line of Thought.
-- At The Auteurs: the first two installments of B. Kite's video essay on Orson Welles.
-- I've just discovered an Indian online magazine called Phalanx, founded and run by M.K. Raghavendra, which focuses mostly on politics, cinema and current affairs. Recent essays include: an editorial on the liberal media response to the Mumbai attacks; Asian women writers in Britain; depiction of Bihar in Telugu cinema; and the aesthetics of cricket.
-- Bruce Jenkins on Paul Sharits at Artforum: "[Sharits's] shift to installation—what he termed “locational film pieces”—returned his work to the gallery and brought “the act of presenting and viewing a film as close as possible to the conditions of hanging and looking at painting.” What made these works manifestly ready for the white cube was in part his singular rejection of film’s representational content, its traditional reliance on mimesis and language..."
-- The New Republic has created a site where it's running a 'retrospective' of the film criticism of Stanley Kauffmann.
-- An interesting interview at Frieze with experimental artist, composer and filmmaker Tony Conrad.
Any favorite recent online reads? Please feel free to suggest them in the comments.
pic: Philippe Garrel's I Can No Longer Hear The Guitar (1993).