Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Recent Web-Reads

-- 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).


Blogger girish said...

Ah, the Will Ferrell link was working earlier today but isn't now; hopefully it'll return to life at some point.

June 02, 2009 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Not that recent, and mostly in Japanese, but soon after seeing the Hiroshi Shimizu Eclipse set, I was intrigued to read about the shot for shot remake at Safari Underground.

June 02, 2009 10:18 PM  
Anonymous Adrian said...

"Good Will Hunting" is back up on-line !

June 03, 2009 5:58 AM  
Blogger jesús cortés said...

A good site for non-french readers:


June 03, 2009 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Corey Creekmur said...

The latest (annual) issue of The Journal of the Moving Image, from Jadavpur University, with wide-ranging essays on Asian cinema, and an important essay by Ravi Vasudevan on "Bollywood":


The important posting by NYU's Cinema Studies program of the William K. Everson archives, including his groundbreaking program notes:


June 03, 2009 9:42 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Here are clickable links: to the Serge Daney in English blog; The Journal of the Moving Image; and to the William K. Everson Collection at NYU (thanks, Corey, I meant to put it in this post after Andy tipped us off to it last week). Good to know the Will Ferrell link is live again!

June 03, 2009 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Does anyone know about any other online repositories for program notes? I'm familiar with CinemaTexas Notes, but that's it.

June 05, 2009 10:29 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Andy, here's one: past programs going back 10 years at the Harvard Film Archive.

June 06, 2009 2:34 PM  
Blogger girish said...

I don't read David Denby very often but here's an interesting excerpt from his March piece on mumblecore:

"Youth is the subject of mumblecore and also the condition of its existence. But these sociable movies exist at a lower level of intensity than comparable youth-loving movies of the past. The young people in the quickly made Godard movies of the sixties dreamed of becoming gangsters, thieves, revolutionaries—characters, so to speak, in a movie. The studs and the female “superstars” of the Warhol films played at Hollywood glamour while enacting the ceremonies of decadence and self-destruction. Mumblecore disdains flamboyance; its reigning mood is diffidence."

June 06, 2009 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Thanks, Girish! That looks like an excellent resource.

June 06, 2009 3:49 PM  
Blogger MovieMan0283 said...

Well, to toot my own horn:

If anyone here is interested in participating, I've kicked off an exercise at my blog listing favorite books about movies (one of my own books is the Movies & Methods tome I discussed on this blog a few threads back):


Also I've put up several Truffaut essays from his book "Films From My Life" which were - to my knowledge - previously unavailable online:


Hope they are enjoyed.

June 07, 2009 11:30 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

Girish, if it weren't for you and Dave Hudson at the IFC Daily, this would be one cinephile edging out of the paleolithic, analyzing bison on cave walls. How fabulous that the frenzy on the wall has become more diverse than that.

Not that I have anything against the political underpinnings of speared bison.

Thanks for sharing your research with the rest of us. It's truly inspiring.

June 08, 2009 10:45 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Michael! I really enjoyed your recent interview with James Quandt on his Nagisa Oshima retrospective.

June 09, 2009 11:01 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

Isn't Quandt grand?! So amazingly astute. I can't remember exaclty who said that he could draw blood out of the bone of a hummingbird.

Quandt told me he's not much of an on-line person so I've decided--much like you champion Adrian's work--that I'm going to champion Quandt's. I've been working on a piece that culls everything available online.

It makes me happy to know I will have one more friend to look forward to seeing in Toronto.

June 09, 2009 11:50 AM  
Blogger ADRIAN said...

i was wondering mr. girish if you some links from some FILM POETICIANS... ;-)

June 10, 2009 11:53 AM  
Blogger C. Day said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

June 11, 2009 2:12 PM  
Blogger C. Day said...

A good film analysis site for "neglected films".


Contains embedded links to youtube feeds of full OOP films, as well as clips posted by author himself.

June 11, 2009 2:13 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Someone requested online repositories of program notes, and though this is self-promotion (I wrote two of the posted essays, on William C. de Mille's Miss Lulu Bett and Teinosuke Kinugasa's Jujiro) I can't resist pointing to the newly-available (and still incomplete, thought promised to grow) archive of essays for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

I'd like to single out Shari Kizarian on the Adventures of Prince Achmed, Laura Horak on Beggars of Life, Margarita Landazuri on Flesh and the Devil, Ben Schrom on the Silent Enemy, David Kiehn on the Valley of the Giants and Richard Hildreth on the Vitaphone Vaudeville program as especially fine essays.

June 11, 2009 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Corey Creekmur said...

Thanks Brian! Girish told me how much he had enjoyed these from the programs, which I was dismayed to discover are only available to those who acquire programs at the festival. It's great that these will now be available to a larger audience. I look forward to more appearing.

June 16, 2009 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's something almost on topic - I see David Bordwell at his site is plugging cognitivism in advance of an international conference next week. Like a lot of people, I don't know much about this, but I'm highly skeptical. Maybe a post and discussion on the topic would be timely Girish? I'm curious to hear what other people have to say.

June 17, 2009 1:25 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Hello, and thanks, all!

Working on putting up a new post later today...

June 18, 2009 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

I second the request for a post on Cognitivism. Provided that Girish is interested in the subject, or course.

June 19, 2009 9:41 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Anon, Andy, alas I know little about the field--it has not been one of my areas of interest thus far. But I'm curious to learn more about it.

June 19, 2009 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Girish, sorry to press the point, but I wonder, having already like me professed your ignorace, if you would consider just opening the floor to the topic of cognitivism and see what develops. It could prove interesting, and it seems there is some interest. As I say, sorry to put you on the spot; I won't insist more than I already have.

June 20, 2009 12:03 PM  
Blogger girish said...


December 30, 2009 8:07 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home