A Cultural Study of the Art Film: Vol 2
By: Robert Shelton (author)Hardback
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This two-volume work approaches the films as works of art with notations of prevailing critical response. Each major film coverage begins with a "data block" giving dates, personnel and so forth, so that the textual material can move directly to substantive aspects. Material is presented not only as a text resource of information, but a correlation of film with other media as a time frame from association that might suggest cross-influence. Comparisons of directors' styles and films of a certain examination round out the coverage of each area. These volumes can function as a text for an introductory and in-depth course in the art film.
Silent film in Germany - the Weimar Era: UFA Studios; Erich Pommer; Karl Mayer; Kammerspielfirlm; Robert Wiene; Fritz Lang; F W Murnau; G W Pabst; E A Dupont; Paul Wegener; Arthur Von Gerlach; Paul Leni; Leopold Jessner; Lulu Pick; Karl Grune; Josef von Sternberg; Walter Ruttmann. Silent film in Russia and France: Moscow Film Workshop; Montage theory; plastic material; revolt; Dziga Vertov; Lev Kuleshov; Sergei Eisenstein; V I Pudovkin; Alexander Dovzhenko; Abel Gance; Carl Theodor Dreyer. Dada and surrealism in France: reaction to war; fighting tradtions and rationale; Freudian theory; Louis Dulluc; Germaine Dulac; Dmitri Kirsanov; Rene Clair; Man Ray; Fernand Leger; Marcel Duchamp; Luis Bunuel; Jean Cocteau. Further works of Jean Cocteau: manipulating image and myth; ritual and sacrifice; self-reflexivity. Early poetic realism: atmosphere and trickery; social conventions and class structure; Rene Clare; Jean Vigo; Jacques Feyder; Julien Duvivier. Pre-war films of Jean Renoir: the prison of institutions; fall of the bourgeoisie. Late poetic realism: Marcel Carne and Jacques Prevert - melodrama and despair. Italian neo-realism: fascist confusion; allied occupation; rebuilding; Luchino Visconti; Roberto Rosellini; Vittorio DeSica. Further films of Vittorio DeSica: Cesare Zavattini; depth of character; non-professionalism hope. Post-war France: search and disillusionment; seeking genres; recording events; Rene Clair; Jean Renoir; Rene Clement; Jacques Tati; Henri Clouzot; Max Ophuls; Robert Bresson. Spain - early films of Luis Bunuel: addressing repression; holdover surrealism; Roman Catholic Church. Spain - later films of Luis Bunuel: colour and disguised revolt; dark humour; social paralysis. Spain - further stylism and Franco: Carlos Saura; Victor Erice; Vicente Aranda. Swedish film - the emergence of Ingmar Bergman: nordic legacies; Alf Sjoberg; the "journey" triptych. (Part contents.)
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