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This site is dedicated to film, both classic and contemporary, often focusing on GLBT cinema.
As described below, you will find several original resources, including many 10-best lists, 50 landmark pictures, a film guide (covering dramatic structure, visual and sound aesthetics), over a hundred reviews, and linked sites for Fassbinder, Jarman, and Pasolini.
Over a hundred reviews of selected classic and recent films, including Murnau's Nosferatu, Dreyer's Michael, Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Resnais's Muriel, 11 films by Robert Wise, all of Fassbinder, Jarman, and Pasolini on DVD, and more. MOST RECENT Reviews: Derek Jarman's War Requiem — based on Benjamin Britten's choral masterpiece, Derek — the new documentary about Jarman by filmmaker Isaac Julien, James Whale's comedy thriller The Old Dark House, Pasolini's horrific masterpiece Salò (new 2-disc special edition from the Criterion Collection), Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4, a major collection of features new to DVD: The Angelic Conversation, Caravaggio, Wittgenstein, Blue and Glitterbug; Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), Jutzi's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1931), The Films of Kenneth Anger, Donna Deitch's Desert Hearts, author Jean Genet's only film as a director: Un Chant d'Amour, Fassbinder's Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?, Murnau's Phantom. New Film Book Review: Niall Richardson's The Queer Cinema of Derek Jarman, a major new study of Jarman's films exploring connections to gender, history, and politics.
Works in over 30 genres ranging from comedy to documentary, sci-fi to Westerns. Also includes guest best-films lists. New! Guest best-films lists: Shane Solow's 200 Best Films, covering a wide range of genres; and Gretchen Fowler's 100 Noteworthy Films by Women.
Essential pictures, silent era to today, from all major genres and international cinemas, with brief critical remarks.
Shot-by-shot comparison of Hitchcock's film with Patricia Highsmith's novel and Raymond Chandler's screenplay.
My original "user-friendly" introduction to the connections between dramatic structure, visual and sound design, and thematic expression.
Chosen for extraordinary quality of both the film and DVD: 2008 — Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4; 2007 — Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz and The Films of Kenneth Anger Volume One and Volume Two; 2006 — Murnau's Phantom; 2005 Val Lewton Horror Collection (Cat People, The Seventh Victim, 8 more); 2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; 2003 Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast; 2002 Singin' in the Rain; 2001 Citizen Kane; 2000 North by Northwest; 1999 The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Introduction to Fassbinder's life and work in theater and film, with reviews of all of his pictures on DVD, including The Merchant of Four Seasons, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Effi Briest, The Marriage of Maria Braun, 23 more.
An overview of his career as artist, author and filmmaker, his role in British cinema, and reviews of all of his films on DVD, including Sebastiane, Jubilee, The Tempest, The Last of England, and Edward II. New Reviews: Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4, a major collection of Jarman features new to DVD: The Angelic Conversation, Caravaggio, Wittgenstein, Blue and Glitterbug.
Introduction to Pasolini's life and work as poet, novelist, theorist and director, with reviews of all of his films on DVD, including Accattone, Mamma Roma, The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Oedipus Rex, 6 more.
Profiling one of Hollywood's greatest and most versatile filmmakers, with reviews of Born to Kill, The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, 1963's The Haunting, The Sound of Music, 6 more.
Directors, great films, books, more — described below.
- Best Guide to Film: James Monaco's How to Read a Film offers concise discussions of film history, technology, theory, and more.
- On Film Narrative: Syd Field's Screenplay clarifies the mysteries of narrative structure also the only "how to" screenwriting guide I recommend.
- Study of Visual Style: Rudolph Arnheim's Art and Visual Perception is a revelation for understanding visual structures. Although focused on painting, its principles apply equally to film. Densely-written, but worth the effort.
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Released between 1919 and today, these extraordinary works cover a wide range of genres, from comedy to drama, fantasy to documentary.
GLBT experience explored from diverse perspectives, in pictures made between 1924 and today.
Introduction to Fassbinder's life and work in theater and film, with reviews of all of his pictures on DVD. Coming Soon! Reviews of Berlin Alexanderplatz — both Fassbinder's 15-hour magnum opus from 1980 and Phil Jutzi's 1931 film (included in the Criterion Collection box set with Fassbinder's version).
An overview of his career as artist, author and filmmaker, his role in British cinema, and reviews of all of his films on DVD. LATEST! Review of The Last of England.
Updated! Films based on a diverse range of GLBT literature, from ancient classics to contemporary fiction.
Updated! Over 100 exceptional GLBT filmmakers, from early masters (including Murnau, Cocteau, Eisenstein, and Cukor) to contemporary directors.
- Comprehensive Reference: Raymond Murray's Images in the Dark: An Encylopedia of Gay and Lesbian Film and Video excellent sections on GLBT pictures, directors, writers, actors, themes out of print but available used or in libraries.
- Focus on One Genre: Harry M. Benshoff's Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film a GLBT perspective has been applied to many different genres, but this book is outstanding for the insight, scholarship and sheer enjoyment brought to exploring the connections between horror, fantasy, and science fiction films and the evolving social history of GLBT identity from the 1930s to today.
- History of GLBTs in Film: Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet; a wonderful complement is the film of The Celluloid Closet.
- Pre-Stonewall Hollywood: William J. Mann's Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 19101969.
Updated! From classics to exceptional new works in a wide range of genres, drawn from all national cinemas.
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