Download E-books Queen Christina (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Marcia Landy

When Greta Garbo made Queen Christina for MGM in 1933, she used to be on the top of her powers. foreign stardom had given her extraordinary regulate over her occupation. a brand new agreement with the studio guaranteed her session on tale fabric and a veto over the administrators of her films.
the tale of Christina, the seventeenth-century queen of Sweden compelled to choose from her inner most and public existence, was once ideal to Garbo's picture. certainly, Christina's eventual abdication was once uncannily prophetic of Garbo's surprising withdrawal from the cinema in basic terms 8 years after this film.
The function referred to as for the expression of an extreme eroticism, and the mysteriously compelling sexuality maintains to fascinate either female and male audiences. Marcia Landy and Amy Villarejo discover this with nice subtlety, exhibiting the ways that strength and gender impose contradictory pressures.

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Download E-books Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (BFI Film Classics) PDF

In 1937, while Walt Disney published Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the movie turned an instantaneous, overseas sensation. Years prior, whilst Disney made up our minds to provide Snow White, his first lively feature-length movie, even he could not have imagined the masses of artists required, the fee concerned, or the mandatory technological recommendations. yet all of this attempt led to a movie event like no different. lovers marvelled on the lush color palette, the probably third-dimensional house, the operatic dependence on songs to inform the tale, and the compelling characterisations.

Snow White appealed to low and intellectual alike, from the kids who invented 'The Dopey Dance' to the various nice museums of the USA, which proudly accumulated celluloid photographs from the movie. Disney's Technicolor comic strip bridged obvious gaps among urban and city, among age teams, among periods. Critics celebrated it as an rapid classic.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs now stands as the most vital of all Hollywood motion pictures, and its effect on videos – by way of Orson Welles, Michael Powell, and so forth – extends to the current day. according to wide study in fabrics from the interval of the film's creation and distribution, Eric Smoodin's examine offers a cautious background of the occasions that led as much as Snow White, the trajectory of Disney's occupation that made this remarkable venture a logical subsequent step, the reception of the movie within the US and all over the world, and its effect on such a lot of facets of up to date culture.

This precise version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released to rejoice the 20 th anniversary of the BFI movie Classics series.

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Download E-books Modern Times (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Joan Mellen

Modern Times (1936) was once Charlie Chaplin's final full-length silent movie, and in addition his final visual appeal because the Tramp, essentially the most recognizable determine in movie historical past. Social and political matters had frequently featured in Chaplin's motion pictures, yet in Modern Times they culminate in a protest opposed to stipulations in the course of the nice Depression.

Joan Mellen situates Modern Times within the context of Chaplin's lifestyles and his paintings, exploring its heritage and impacts in addition to its ongoing charm. She explores how the film's issues of oppression, industrialization, and dehumanization are embodied within the little tramp's fight to outlive within the glossy world. 

Joan Mellen dedicates the ultimate bankruptcy of the publication to the interesting information of the FBI's dossier on Chaplin, which was once opened in 1922 and maintained till lengthy after his death. 

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Download E-books Sexual Politics and Narrative Film: Hollywood and Beyond (Film and Culture) PDF

By Robin Wood

Wood explores the relationships among narrative shape and magnificence and sexual politics, probing the political and sexual ramifications of fascism and cinema, marriage and the couple, romantic love, and representations of girls, race and gender in movies from the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

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Download E-books The Tales of Hoffmann (BFI Film Classics) PDF

The stories of Hoffmann (1951) is a special and significant movie, either within the historical past of British cinema and within the historical past of interdisciplinary art-making. it's the first full-throttle presentation of an opera on monitor: a Technicolor exploration of romance, myth, and failure, extra danced than sung, that reinvents the "total paintings of art."

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Download E-books Terrence Malick: Film and Philosophy PDF

By Stuart Kendall

Terrence Malick's 4 function movies were celebrated by means of critics and cherished as fast classics between movie aficionados, however the physique of serious literature dedicated to them has remained strangely small compared to Malick's stature on the earth of up to date movie.

Each of the essays in Terrence Malick: movie and Philosophy is grounded in movie experiences, philosophical inquiry, and the rising box of scholarship that mixes the 2 disciplines. Malick's motion pictures also are open to different angles, particularly phenomenological, deconstructive, and Deleuzian techniques to movie, all of that are evidenced during this assortment.

Terrence Malick: movie and Philosophy engages with Malick's physique of labor in particular and independently major methods: through taking a look at the culture during which Malick works, the inventive orientation of the filmmaker, and by way of discussing the ways that feedback can light up those amazing films.

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Download E-books Il conformista (The Conformist) (BFI Film Classics) PDF

Bernardo Bertolucci's Il conformista (The Conformist) (1970), a political drama set in Mussolini's Fascist Italy, is generally known as a masterpiece of post-war cinema, a vintage of Italian and ecu cinema and an proposal for plenty of different film-makers, relatively these of the yankee New Wave.

Christopher Wagstaff's illuminating learn of the movie strains its pre-production and construction heritage, contemplating how Bertolucci tailored Alberto Moravia's resource novel for the monitor. He offers a cautious research of Il conformista's formal, stylistic and aesthetic techniques, paying shut cognizance to modifying, lights and mise en scène, and their contribution to the film's impression. Wagstaff additionally addresses debates in regards to the sexual politics of the movie and its position in a much wider political and cultural debate in regards to the legacy of fascism.

This distinctive version of Il conformista is released to rejoice the 20 th anniversary of the BFI movie Classics series.

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Download E-books The Sound of Music (BFI Film Classics) PDF

Fifty years after its liberate, The Sound of Music (1965) continues to be the main ecocnomic and recognisable movie musical ever made. speedy consolidating its cultural authority, the Hollywood movie quickly eclipsed the German movie and Broadway musical that preceded it to turn into essentially the most well known cultural reference issues of the twenty-first century.

In this clean exploration, Caryl Flinn foregrounds the film's iconic musical numbers, arguing for his or her critical function within the film's toughness and mass attraction. Stressing the original emotional bond audiences determine with The Sound of Music, Flinn lines the film's prehistories, its position among the tumultuous political, social and cultural occasions of the Nineteen Sixties, and its lively afterlife between lovers round the world.

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Download E-books Citizen Kane (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Laura Mulvey

Citizen Kane's popularity as one of many maximum motion pictures of all time is matched in simple terms by means of the buildup of severe statement that surrounds it. What extra can there be to claim a few masterpiece so universally said? Laura Mulvey, in a clean and unique examining, illuminates the richness of the movie, either thematically and stylistically, pertaining to it to Welles's political history and its historic context. In a lucid and perceptive critique she additionally investigates the psychoanalytic constitution that underlies the film's presentation of Kane's biography, for as soon as taking heavily what Orson Welles himself disparagingly known as 'dollar-book Freud.'

In her foreword to this targeted version, released to rejoice the 20 th anniversary of the BFI movie Classics sequence, Laura Mulvey makes a speciality of the film's politics, highlighting the modern 'rhymes' in Kane's portrayal of a scandal-prone press baron in a time of monetary concern.

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Download E-books Blackmail (Bfi Film Classics) PDF

By Tom Ryall

Blackmail was the 1st significant British sound movie. Tom Ryall examines its strange construction background, and areas it within the context of Hitchcock's different British movies of the interval. each one quantity within the "BFI movie Classics" sequence features a own statement at the movie and a filmography.

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