The Other Akerman : The Essay Film in News From Home (1976)
A rumination on how Chantal Akerman “captures a key element of the essay film, which is the use of theory: making theory into art and art into theory… The artwork is not cerebral; it uses theory, careful calculation to capture the new through an accident…”
The Real RocknRolla: Tony Scott’s Cinema of Surfaces
The late Tony Scott is one of the key architects of mainstream action cinema over the last thirty years. A discussion of his style, the hidden depths of his heroes behind the kinetic surface of his blockbusters and the influence he has had on filmmakers like Michael Bay.
The Archives Project
An examination, with refined skepticism, of the implications of the decline of institutional film culture, the rise of Blu-Ray and DVD, and the related spread of online cinephilia.
Influence of the ‘location-space’ in Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point
An examination of how the choice of location, or the location-space assumed central significance in the process of shooting of Michelangelo Antonioni’s notorious film Zabriskie Point.
The Artificial Insemination of Reality
More than in living life, we believe in a reality. Authenticity is replaced by the symbolic power of the virtual and we are incapable of noticing that illusion. The representation of the virtual and not of the real is what we could call “generation of reality”.
Euphoria and Liberating Laughter: The Cinema of Sergio Leone
In perhaps his most personal work to date, Adrian Martin looks back at his childhood and his memories of first watching the films of Sergio Leone.
'We don't look for grey shades': An Interview with Girish Kasaravalli
In this exclusive interview with Srikanth Srinivasan, 4-time National Award-winning Kannada filmmaker Girish Kasravalli discusses his films, the state of cinema today, among other things.
Working Class Cinema of the Western World
An incomplete overview of the evolution of the ‘working class’ cinema across the western world and what it means in a changing, globalized world where outsourcing is fast becoming the norm.
The Grudging Moralist
A discussion on the films of Jules Dassin, through the films he is most known for- his heist films. As such, he is not interested in what led to an affair, or what happened after it, but in how it was conducted. ‘To show’ is Dassin’s policy as a cinema director.