The Changing Face of World Cinephilia
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Movie Mutations by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Book DescriptionThe idea of cinephilia is a crucial one for students of the cinema, but it is often associated with a bygone arthouse era. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, corporatism, public relations and bottom-line accounting seem to govern mainstream film-making. Formula-driven Hollywood blockbusters dominate the world marketplace. In times like these can 'the love of cinema' still flourish? In fact contemporary cinema is stunningly varied and rich. From Taiwan and Iran to Brazil and the Baltic states, it is flourishing and constantly mutating. Directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang are making extraordinary films that are the equal of the great classics, previously unrecognised works from the past are being discovered, and new definitions and boundaries of genres are being formulated. Even when this work is not widely distributed it is seen at film festivals on every continent and available on DVD; and it is being discussed in a proliferating number of print and web publications. Those who follow and share such work, as contributors from around the world demonstrate in this book, are forming new kinds of critical communities that enable significant ex
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780851709840
(232mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: BFI Publishing
Publisher: British Film Institute
Publish Date: 7-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jonathan Rosenbaum
Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia, Paperback (September 2010)
For film critic Rosenbaum, there is no high or low cinema, only more interesting or less interesting films. This book gathers together over fifty examples of Rosenbaum's criticism from the past four decades, each of which demonstrates his passion for the way we view movies, as well as how we write about them.
Action!, Paperback (July 2009)
'Action!' draws on the very best published and unpublished interviews of the 'Bright Lights Film Journal', and contains many gems, including the last ever interview given by Francois Truffaut, four months before he died.
Essential Cinema, Paperback (August 2008)
A cogent and provocative argument about the art of film, Essential Cinema is a fiercely independent reference book of must-see movies for film lovers everywhere.
Discovering Orson Welles, Paperback (May 2007)» View all books by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Collects a film critic's writings on Orson Welles - some thirty-five years of them - and makes a case for the seriousness of his work, illuminating both Welles the artist and Welles the man.
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Author Biography - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Jonathan Rosenbaum is film critic for the Chicago Reader and author of Movie Wars (2002) and Dead Man (BFI Modern Classics, 2000), among many other books. Adrian Martin is film critic for The Age (Melbourne) and author of a study of Terrence Malick forthcoming from bfi Publishing.
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