essays on film

essays on film

Essays on film
This one about the Coen Brothers is fantastic.
StudioBinder has had an incredible year on YouTube, churning out dozens of excellent educational content for filmmakers to learn from. While most of their videos are geared more toward production, they do post a good video essay every once in a while. Here they break down how filmmakers establish tone in their films, including using lighting to set the mood and tailoring sets to fit their vision.

Creatively and capaciously, this rich volume gets at the essay film not only by including key critics and practitioners of the form but, importantly, by going beyond the genre itself to broader contributions to essay theorization from philosophy and belles lettres. An exciting, inventive volume with great delights at every turn. Dana Polan, New York University

Edited by Nora M. Alter and Timothy Corrigan

Essays on film
A 22-minute poetic documentary about the old French Bibliothèque Nationale, Toute la mémoire du monde is a key work in this strand of filmmaking and one which can also be seen as part of a loose ‘trilogy of memory’ in Resnais’s early documentaries. Les statues meurent aussi (co-directed with Chris Marker) explored cultural memory as embodied in African art and the depredations of colonialism; Night and Fog was a seminal reckoning with the historical memory of the Nazi death camps. While less politically controversial than these earlier works, Toute la mémoire du monde’s depiction of the Bibliothèque Nationale is still oddly suggestive of a prison, with its uniformed guards and endless corridors. In W.G. Sebald’s 2001 novel Austerlitz, directly after a passage dedicated to Resnais’s film, the protagonist describes his uncertainty over whether, when using the library, he “was on the Islands of the Blest, or, on the contrary, in a penal colony”.
If the mystical strain described above represents the Dionysian side of pure cinema, Soviet montage was its Apollonian opposite: randomness, revelation and sensuous response countered by construction, forceful argumentation and didactic instruction.

Papazian, Elizabeth, and Caroline Eades, eds. The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia. London: Wallflower, 2016.
Both anthologies dedicated entirely to essay film have been published in order to fill gaps in essay film scholarship. Biemann 2003 brings the discussion of essay film into the digital age by explicitly resisting traditional German and French film and literary theory. Papazian and Eades 2016 also resists European theory by explicitly showcasing work on postcolonial and transnational essay film.

The 1962 version of “The Manchurian Candidate” is a typical Cold War suspenseful film twisted with sarcastic hints throughout the entire duration. Released during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the film was sure to resonate with the Cold War drama Americans were facing…
Do you believe that the journey outweighs the goal? For example, in the movie Moana, the main character sets out on an adventure that teachers her many things on the way to success. Heroes go on a journey that changes them for the better, in…

References:

http://cup.columbia.edu/book/essays-on-the-essay-film/9780231172677
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/features/deep-focus/essay-film
http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199791286/obo-9780199791286-0216.xml
http://gradesfixer.com/free-essay-examples/movies/
http://sensesofcinema.com/2017/book-reviews/defining-the-cinematic-essay-the-essay-film-by-elizabeth-a-papazian-caroline-eades-and-essays-on-the-essay-film-by-nora-m-alter-timothy-corrigan/

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