Paintings in Madness…

29th August 2016

Paintings glimpsed in movies are often fascinating, and invariably so when they exhibit modernist tendencies. Take a look at the painting below that is granted just two seconds or so in the British Gothic melodrama Madness of the Heart, 1949 (a detail of more

The White Unicorn

24th August 2016

To BFI Southbank last night for a showing of a rarely-screened British film from 1947 that I'd never even heard of. The White Unicorn (known in the States as Bad Sister) is almost entirely absent from the literature about post-war cinema - more

Arts online

19th August 2016

So for those of you who have even just a passing interest in films about the arts, this is GREAT. The online service BFIPlayer today launches The Arts on Film, a collection of more than a hundred feature more

Eh?

16th August 2016

Have I mentioned that I'm writing a book about screen adaptations of Royal Shakespeare Company productions? It's due out from Arden in 2018 and I have to deliver the manuscript at the end of next year. So as my editor more

Monarchy on screen – free!

15th July 2016

Academic open access publishing is a complex issue but developments in the field mean that an increasing number of titles are available as freely downloadable e-books. I think one of the services that this blog can provide is highlighting a different volume each week, more

Live cinema – live!

27th May 2016

To King's College London today for The Live Cinema Conference 2016. This intriguing event intends to explore the full range of live cinema today including 'the production, delivery and attendance of outdoor screenings, drive-ins, sing-a-longs, sensory augmentations, fully immersive more

The quiet cinematography of Ozu

4th May 2016

Andrew Saladino's video essay about the cinematography in Yasujiro Ozu's Floating Weeds, 1959, isn't the most innovative or the most profound or the most theoretically rigorous analysis of this kind. But it is beautifully assembled, is genuinely informative more