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DIRECTORS

Chantal Akerman: A Primer

The Case Against Woody Allen (1992)

Dario Argento's World of Terror

Olivier Assayas: Adolescence and History

Letters from an Unknown Woman:
Rita Azevedo Gomes

Surgically Imprecise Notes on the Great Carmelo Bene

Early Benning

Stoic Glory: Budd Boetticher

Alas, Poor Boro(wczyk), I Knew Him Well ...

Stan Brakhage: A Tribute

The Eternal Return of Luis Buñuel

Tim Burstall Retrospective

Screen and Surface, Soft and Hard:
The Cinema of Leos Carax
NEW (27 Aug 2021)

Mr Capra Goes to Heaven

Four Myths that Stand in the Way of the
Proper Appreciation of John Cassavetes

Ruptures: Five Propositions on Claude Chabrol

A Larry Clark Portrait

De Palma, Pure and Impure

Another Kind of River
(A Note on Bob Dylan and the Cinema)

Blake Edwards’ Sad Songs of Love

The Scandal of Jean Eustache (1938-1981)

Federico Fellini: Preserving the Core

The Intensity of William Friedkin

Comment, Think, Analyse, Experience and Learn:
The Neglected Film Work of Ivan Gaal

Philippe Garrel: Tell-Tale Heart

Godard in the Gallery: Story of a Ruination

Time and the Cities: Amy Heckerling

'My Mind's All Unsatisfied With It':
A Tribute to Monte Hellman

Hou Hsiao-hsien: A Retrospective

Halls of (James) Ivory

Elsewhere: Anna Kannava (1959-2011)

Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016): Three Essays

Rank and File: The (Re)Discovery of William Klein

Jerry Lewis: Nothing Succeeds Like Excess

Paul Morrissey: An Introduction

The Comings and Goings of Mikio Naruse

Yuri Norstein: The Tender and the Tragic

The Paradoxes of F.J. Ossang

Sergei Parajanov and Frontality

Image and Voice:
The Audiovisual Essays of Mark Rappaport

Forever Young: Jackie Raynal
NEW (10 Sep 2021)

Éric Rohmer Paints His Masterpiece

Paul Schrader’s Manhood

Werner Schroeter: An Extreme Emotion

Douglas Sirk: Only Semi-Detached

Flowers from the Barrel of a Gun: Soda_Jerk
NEW (16 Jul 2021)

Curiosity/Exigency (on Straub-Huillet)

Quentin Tarantino: Just Another Bullet in the Head

Jimmy and Bugsy (on James Toback)

Agitated Faces, Open Window, Disordered Furniture:
Cassandra Tytler

Broken Links: The Cinema of Teresa Villaverde
NEW (12 Feb 2021)

Andy Warhol, Filmmaker Without Qualities

A Cut Is Not An Accident:
Memories of Peter Watkins in '80s Melbourne

Geoffrey Weary: 1980s (Film) & 1990s (Video)
NEW (16 Jul 2021)

An Abandoned Mine: Notes on Orson Welles' Radio Work

Woo’s Words:
A Lexicon for the Cinema of John Woo (1998)

Marty versus Clint

 


 

ACTORS

Brando's Ghost

The Phantom: Leslie Cheung (1956-2003)

The Incomparable Charisma of Chow Yun-fat

“Keep Your Hands on the Wheel, Ashleigh”:
Elle Fanning in A Rainy Day in New York

Good Will Hunting: Five Propositions on Ferrell Cinema

Isabelle Huppert: The Absent One

Attitudes and Postures: Jean-Pierre Léaud

 

 

GENRE

The Adventures of Cliff Ingersoll ...
And Other Evil Artists of the Movies

Families and Friends

The Long Path Back:
Medievalism and Film

The Teen Movie: Why Bother? (1989)
NEW (9 Apr 2021)

14 Uneasy Pieces of Teenage Life

The Mirror Cracked: Film on Film

Better Send Some People Down:
Suburbia in Australian Cinema (and Beyond)

__________


Smooth Operators

Thrillers

Lady, Beware: Female Gothic Variations

Modern Horror Cinema: From Screams to Scream

__________


Bad to the Bone

Trash Comedy: Rear End Window

In Defence of Trash TV

Ode to Pop Cinema

__________


Game Space and Play Time:
A Partial History of American Screen Comedy
(Lubitsch, Sturges, Tashlin)

Exploring Themes in Film: The Example of Radio Days

French Film Musicals

     Dance Fever

__________


On Experimental Film:
Contribution to an Internet Discussion Group in 1997

I Dream of Austria

The Call of Fiction




 

FILM CULTURE

Artistic Tension: What is Collaboration?

Australian Film Culture: An Obscurely Desired Object

Ballad of an Audio Commentator
NEW (26 Feb 2021)

Cherish the Thought – Foreword to Daniel Binns’
Material Media-Making in the Digital Age
NEW (8 Oct 2021)

Cinema, Tears, Catharsis

The Cruel and the Callow

Elastic Shots:
Processing the Aesthetic of the Frame
NEW (8 Oct 2021)

A Festive Threesome

Film and Video, Cain and Abel

Good and Bad Nostalgia

If The Man Can't Dance / He Gets No Second Chance

Intimate Metamorphosis:
Film and Architectural Space

Light My Fire:
The Geology and Geography of Film Canons

Lit Cigarettes: The 1990s

Literary Cinephilia: A Survey

A Lyric Space: From Cinema to Media Art

Main Street USA

Manifesto of the Disinvited (Free Gesture)
NEW (12 Feb 2021)

What is Mise en scène?
Entry for a Film Theory Encyclopedia

News for Whom?:
Critical Coverage of the 10th Jeonju International Film Festival

On Auteurism

On the Corner: Peta Carlin

The Palace and the Bunker

Phantom Europe: A Mosaic

(R.A.) Lafferty Looper

“Shady Ladies of the Eighties”
NEW (23 Apr 2021)

Sign Your Name Across My Heart, or:
“I Want to Write About Delbert Mann”

Some Filmmakers are Gangsters

 A Streetcar Named the Movies

Top Ten Films of 2017 (Annotated)

A Translation Policy: Rouge Magazine

Truth Approaches, Reality Affects –
Afterword to Milcho Manchevski’s
Truth and Fiction: Notes on (Exceptional) Faith in Art
NEW (8 Oct 2021)

Undignified

The Weimar Shuffle
(Call It What You Want)

We Shall Be Released

The Western Australia Project (1988)

 

 

TRIBUTES

For Nika Bohinc and Alexis Tioseco

On Deleuze
NEW (13 Aug 2021)

In Raymond Durgnat’s Crazy Mirror

Stephen Dwoskin (Obituary for The Guardian)

Bubbles in the Coffee Cup of John Flaus (1986)

Luminous Blows and Unforeseen Encounters:
An Introduction to Petr Král

Frank Lovece (1956-2018)

A Tribute to Poli Papapetrou (1960-2018)

VOLA X: Vikki Riley (1962 – 2012)

Sam Rohdie (1939-2015)

A Ghost at Noon:
A Tribute to Raúl Ruiz (1941 – 2011)

For the Love of Valerie Solanas

Lesley Stern (1950-2021): Keep Dancing

There It Was: A Tribute to David Stratton

Paul Taylor (1957-1992), Impresario

Remembering Paul Willemen (1944-2012)

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Contemporary French Cinema: An Introduction
by Guy Austin

The Hidden God: Film and Faith
Edited by Mary Lea Bandy and Antonio Monda

The Cinema Hypothesis:
Teaching Cinema in the Classroom and Beyond

by Alain Bergala

Untimely Meditations
The BFI Film Classics Series

Critical Disallowance
David Bordwell’s On the History of Film Style

Minding Movies:
Observations on the Art, Craft, and Business of Filmmaking
by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson

Everything is Cinema:
The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard
by Richard Brody

Companion-Piece
The Error of My Ways
by Edward Colless

In the Vernacular:
A Generation of Australian Culture and Controversy

by Stuart Cunningham

Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity
by Edward Dimendberg

To Wax Zizekian
Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible
by Chris Dumas

The Screening of Australia Volume 2:
Anatomy of a National Cinema

by Susan Dermody & Elizabeth Jacka

NEW (8 Oct 2021)

The Essential Durgnat
edited by Henry K. Miller

Masters of Starlight: Photographers in Hollywood
by David Fahey and Linda Rich

Weights and Measurements:
On Delia Falconer’s
The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers

Sergio Leone: Something To Do With Death
by Christopher Frayling

NEW (8 Oct 2021)

The Time is Ripe:
Rosalind Galt’s Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image

Impressed and Expressed
Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television
by Jean-Luc Godard

Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies
by Marsha Gordon

NEW (26 Feb 2021)

The Films of Fritz Lang:
Allegories of Vision and Modernity

by Tom Gunning

Culture, Technology and Creativity in the Late Twentieth Century
Edited by Philip Hayward

Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn

Realism in Greek Cinema:
From the Post-War Period to the Present

by Vrasidas Karalis

NEW (24 Sep 2021)

Safe Roads and Backwaters
American Movie Critics: An Anthology from the Silents Until Now
Edited by Phillip Lopate

Authorship and Narrative in the Cinema:
Issues in Contemporary Aesthetics and Criticism

by William Luhr and Peter Lehman

NEW (2 Jul 2021)

Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at 70
by Colin MacCabe

Jane Campion's The Piano
edited by Harriet Margolis

Maltin vs. Martin
TV Movies and Video Guide
later renamed Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide

Unworthy Companion
A review of The Oxford Companion to Australian Film
edited by Brian McFarlane, Geoff Mayer & Ina Bertrand

Hollywood Talks Turkey:
The Screen’s Greatest Flops

by Doug McClelland

Ecstasy and Economics
by Meaghan Morris

NEW (9 Apr 2021)

Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image
by Laura Mulvey

Deadly Cadenza by Paul Myers

Becoming Visionary:
Brian De Palma’s Cinematic Education of the Senses

by Eyal Peretz

Proof Positive
Positif 50 Years: Selections from the French Film Journal

Eds. Michel Ciment and Laurence Kardish
L’amour du cinema: 50 ans de la revue Positif
Ed. Stéphane Goudet

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, edited by James Quandt

The ABCs of Classic Hollywood by Robert B. Ray

The Passion and the Paradox
The Passion of Pier Paolo Pasolini
by Sam Rohdie

I Am a Passenger
Hacia una imagen no-tiempo.
Deleuze y el cine contemporáneo
by Sergi Sánchez

Citizen Sarris, American Film Critic:
Essays in Honor of Andrew Sarris

Letter to Comrade Girish Shambu
(on his The New Cinephilia)

Kracauer: A Biography
by Jörg Später

NEW (1 Jan 2021)

Screen Media: Analysing Film and Television
by Jane Stadler with Kelly McWilliam

The Face on Film
by Noa Steimatsky

NEW (4 Jun 2021)

The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible
by David Sterritt

Introduction to
Memory Trade: A Prehistory of Cyberculture
by Darren Tofts & Murray McKeich

The Man in the Ironic Mask
Warren Beatty: A Life And A Story
by David Thomson

Film Remakes

by Constantine Verevis

The Virtual Republic:
Australia’s Culture Wars of the 1990s

by McKenzie Wark


Mapping the Imaginary:
Ross Gibson’s
Camera Natura
by Deane Williams

Paris Hollywood: Writings on Film by Peter Wollen

 

 

INTERVIEWS

Grupo Kane Interview (2009-2010)

Responses to a Cineaste Questionnaire
about Contemporary Television (2014)

Responsibility and Criticism:
Cinemascope (Italy) Interview

 

 

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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