Film Analysis: A Casebook
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Film Analysis: A Casebook offers an accessible introduction to film analysis through close readings of 25 historically significant films from around the world.
- Features a geographically diverse selection of films and directors, with representation from 20 different countries
- Covers many of the central films treated in today’s cinema courses, and the issues raised about them
- Provides students with practical models to help them improve their own writing and analytical skills
- Supplemented with film credits, images, and bibliographies; director filmographies, a glossary of film terms, and suggested topics for writing and discussion
the actor still talking even as they disappear from the frame. Such a camera movement tells us, with ease, economy, eloquence, that Maréchal is being integrated into a new community. 20 Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion My second example occurs during the farmhouse sequence, when Maréchal and Rosenthal are saying good night to Elsa on Christmas Eve. She remains standing at the living room table, pensive, as the camera goes with the two men into Rosenthal’s room. Maréchal says good night to his
Cook has described, A wave of revolutionary excitement . . . swept over the whole of Germany in the wake of [World War I]. Germany’s crushing defeat resulted in a complete rejection of the past by much of the intelligentsia and a new enthusiasm for the progressive, experimental, and 81 Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura avant-garde. Expressionism, a movement that began in German painting, music, architecture, and theater before the war in reaction to the pervasive naturalism of
with the story: it is simply a fact that a head waiter mentions to the awed Jan. The title underscores the vacuousness of stiff tradition and the emptiness of Jan’s awe. Along with his varied waiting experiences, he encounters women. And in the confected tenor of this film, absolutely every young woman he meets is gorgeous—including the otherwise good-hearted ones in brothels. War comes. Germans come. And here also comes the part of the story—the sex, as always in Menzel’s work—that deepens what
California Press, 1985. Hames, Peter. The Cinema of Jan Švankmajer: Dark Alchemy. London: Wallflower, 2008. 106 Jiří Menzel’s Closely Watched Trains Liehm, Antonin J. Closely Watched Films: The Czechoslovak Experience. White Plains, N.Y.: International Arts and Sciences Press, 1974. Menzel, Jiří, and Bohumil Hrabal. Closely Watched Trains. Trans. Josef Holzbecher. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971. Owen, Jonathan L. Avant-Garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism, and the Sixties.
people. As Pier Paolo Pasolini, among others, has maintained, the cinema is a vehicle far more suited to the transmission of myth than either poetry or prose because its images can reproduce physical reality at the same time that they are larger than life; because, like myths, dreams, and fairy tales, film can move fluidly through time and space and shift emotional tones just as fluidly; and because, even as myth exists both outside and inside history and arrives at universals through