• Thumbnail Laura Mulvey’s article “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” is a study on our fascination for cinema. From the individual’s social molding, a preexisting fascination of film is created. Mulvey believes that women are the bearer of meaning rather than maker of meaning. Phallocentric theory has reduced the position of the woman to the point of […]

  • I wasn’t so surprised that they died, but how bloody it was. Like someone had mentioned in class today, this sort of bloody shoot-out assault hadn’t really been seen before. Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch shocked me as well when I was a kid, as did Bonnie and Clyde. The bullets literally tear Bonnie apart […]

  • Thumbnail I must say that I really enjoyed Matthew Bernstein’s article, “Perfecting the New Gangster.” I’ve always really loved Bonnie and Clyde, yet I hadn’t really read much on the film, this was a great article. I knew that Truffaut had been interested in making Bonnie and Clyde, but I didn’t really know the story behind it. […]

  • Thumbnail Satyajit Ray’s Charulata (1964) is a cinematic masterpiece dealing with female modernity. Charu is presented as a lonely wife, who observes her surroundings through binocular opera glasses. Unable to connect to her surroundings (her home is made up of British colonial furniture and paintings) and her husband (Bhupati) ┬áis a workaholic for the Sentinel newspaper. […]

  • Thumbnail The New Wave period between 1958- 1967 is quite possibly the most exciting period of cinema for me. Modernist approach seemed to take over across the world, and the films released between this time were artistically and politically challenging. For the first time, many young directors emerged with either the benefit of film criticism or […]

  • Thumbnail Tom Gunning’s interesting article on the early film and the incredulous spectator, looks at early reactions to the new art form known as cinema. According to Maxim Gorky (a spectator from 1896), the mixture of realism and non-realism in film, “presents not life but it’s shadows.” Yet if the audience in watching in the shadows […]

  • Thumbnail I’d like my final research paper to be about an Italian film genre known as Giallo cinema (or as it is often referred to in the plural form Gialli). Giallo cinema is based on pulpy, paperback, mystery novels that were published in Italy in a distinctive yellow binding. Authors like Edgar Wallace, Agatha Christie, and […]

  • I agree that there are some heart wrenching moments in Umberto D, yet it’s rarely mentioned on how many humorous moments exist in the film as well. Just as Umberto is contemplating begging for money, his dog immediately steps right into begging with his usual toy in mouth trick. And watching Umberto uncomfortably deal with […]

  • jarrodlabine commented on the blog post Noir, a Way of Life 10 years ago

    Is Film Noir a genre or a form? Can it be both? I think so. Yes it was termed “Film Noir” by a bunch of French film critics, but I do believe that a lot of the directors knew they were contributing to a cycle of filmmaking that bared stylistic similarities. Yes, they borrowed from […]

  • jarrodlabine commented on the blog post Auteur Theory 10 years ago

    Prof. Herzog is hilarious!

  • jarrodlabine commented on the blog post Cinema Melting Pot 10 years ago

    I found Stam’s reading to be a frustrating affair. Not because of it’s honesty or insight into colonialism, racism, stereotypes, and the white perspective, but because there’s too much safety in its political correctness. Yes, stereotypes can be a bad thing, but unfortunately stereotypes also project an identity. I was watching a documentary…[Read more]

  • jarrodlabine commented on the blog post mother of cinema 10 years ago

    The often debated Auteur Theory holds a lot of truth, for I often can find thematic and stylistic patterns in a director’s work. I agree that many do indeed work on a film (it is a collaborative effort) but it’s the director who makes the choices to work with certain cinematographers, composers, writers and editors. […]

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