Raymond durgnat was a maverick voice during the golden age of film criticism. From the French new Wave and the rise of auteurism, through the late 1960s counter-culture, to the rejuvenated Hollywood of the 1970s, his work appeared in dozens of publications in Britain, France and the USA.
At once evoking the film culture of his own times and anticipating our digital age in which technology allows everyone to create their own 'moving image-text combos', durgnat's writings touch on crucial questions in film criticism that resonate more than ever today.
Bringing together durgnat's essential writing for the very first time, this career-spanning collection includes previously unpublished and untranslated work and is thoroughly introduced and annotated by Henry K. Miller.
Raymond Durgnat (1932-2002) was a film critic and author of many groundbreaking books on cinema, including Films and Feelings (1967), A Mirror for England (1970; 2011), and The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock (1974). Henry K. Miller is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound and has taught film at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Preface.- Introduction: The Divided Self.- PART 1: AUTEUR WARS Introduction.- 1. Standing Up For Jesus.- 2. Who Really Makes the Movies?.- 3. Cat and Mouse Games.- 4. Michael Powell.- Annotations.- PART 2: JET-PROPELLED PHOTOGRAPHS Introduction.- 5. Flyweight Flicks.- 6. Wholly Communion.- 7. Underground Film Festival Programme Notes.- 8. Asides on Godard.- 9. Ker-Plow!.- 10. Dwoskin's Dream-Films.- 11. London Film-Makers Co-operative Catalogue Entries.- 12. Tonite Let's All Make Love in London.- 13. One Plus One.- 14. Cutting With a Keen Edge.- Annotations.- PART 3: IMAGES OF THE MIND Introduction.- 15. Fake, Fiddle and the Photographic Arts.- 16. Images of the Mind I: Throwaway Movies.- 17. Images of the Mind II: Ebb and Flow.- 18. Images of the Mind III: The Impossible Takes a Little Longer.- 19. Images of the Mind IV: Style and the Old Wave.- Annotations.- PART 4: BRITAIN THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Introduction.- 20. Brain Drains: Drifters, Avant-Gardes and Kitchen Sinks.- 21. TV's Young Turks.- 22. The Great British Phantasmagoria.- 23. Sexual Alienation in the Cinema.- Annotations.- PART 5: CALIFORNIA SPLIT Introduction.- 24. Montage Rides Again!.- 25. Pacific Film Archive Programme Notes.- 26. From Signs to Meanings in the Cinema.- 27. Popeye Pops Up.- Annotations.- PART 6: LOOKING BACK Introduction.- 28. About John Ford.- 29. A Skeleton Key to Stephen Dwoskin?.- 30. Cooped in a Co-op?.- 31. Jean-Luc Godard: His Crucifixion and Resurrection.- 32. Resnais and Co.: Back to the Avant-Garde.- 33. Aiming at the Archers.- 34. The Prewar Bs: Rewards and Fairies.- 35. Remembering Michael Powell.- Annotations.- Appendix I: Pacific Film Archive Programmes.- Appendix II: Top Tens.- Bibliography.- Index.