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DIRECTORS

Chantal Akerman: A Primer

The Case Against Woody Allen (1992)

Dario Argento's World of Terror

Olivier Assayas: Adolescence and History

Letters from an Unknown Woman:
Rita Azevedo Gomes

Surgically Imprecise Notes on the Great Carmelo Bene

Early Benning

Stoic Glory: Budd Boetticher

Alas, Poor Boro(wczyk), I Knew Him Well ...

Stan Brakhage: A Tribute

The Eternal Return of Luis Buñuel

Tim Burstall Retrospective

Losing The Way:
The Decline of Jane Campion (2000)

Screen and Surface, Soft and Hard:
The Cinema of Leos Carax

Mr Capra Goes to Heaven

Four Myths that Stand in the Way of the
Proper Appreciation of John Cassavetes

Ruptures: Five Propositions on Claude Chabrol

A Larry Clark Portrait

De Palma, Pure and Impure

Another Kind of River
(A Note on Bob Dylan and the Cinema)

Blake Edwards’ Sad Songs of Love

The Scandal of Jean Eustache (1938-1981)

Federico Fellini: Preserving the Core

The Intensity of William Friedkin

Samuel Fuller: Not Primitive

Comment, Think, Analyse, Experience and Learn:
The Neglected Film Work of Ivan Gaal

Philippe Garrel: Tell-Tale Heart

Came So Far For Beauty:
Godard’s Lyricism

Godard in the Gallery: Story of a Ruination

Philippe Grandrieux in the Underground

Time and the Cities: Amy Heckerling

'My Mind's All Unsatisfied With It':
A Tribute to Monte Hellman

Hou Hsiao-hsien: A Retrospective

Halls of (James) Ivory

Elsewhere: Anna Kannava (1959-2011)

Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016): Three Essays

Rank and File: The (Re)Discovery of William Klein

Jerry Lewis: Nothing Succeeds Like Excess

Nanni Moretti: Standing Up and Lying Down
NEW (5 Apr 2024)

Paul Morrissey: An Introduction

The Naruse Blues

The Comings and Goings of Mikio Naruse

Yuri Norstein: The Tender and the Tragic

The Paradoxes of F.J. Ossang

Jean Painlevé: Science and Fiction
NEW (22 Mar 2024)

Sergei Parajanov and Frontality

Potholes and Potshots: Yvonne Rainer
NEW (10 Mar 2023)

Image and Voice:
The Audiovisual Essays of Mark Rappaport

Nicholas Ray, or:
A True Beginning of Artistic Montage
NEW (19 May 2023)

Forever Young: Jackie Raynal

Éric Rohmer Paints His Masterpiece

Raúl Ruiz: Displacements

The Mystery of the Other: Dan Sallitt

Jerry Schatzberg:
Filmmaker Without a Signature, Filmmaker of Truth

Paul Schrader’s Manhood

Werner Schroeter: An Extreme Emotion

Douglas Sirk: Only Semi-Detached

Flowers from the Barrel of a Gun: Soda_Jerk

Curiosity/Exigency (on Straub-Huillet)

Elia Suleiman: Laughter and Pain
NEW (9 Feb 2024)

Quentin Tarantino: Just Another Bullet in the Head

Jimmy and Bugsy (on James Toback)

Agitated Faces, Open Window, Disordered Furniture:
Cassandra Tytler

Johan van der Keuken: Photography and Cinema
NEW (13 Jan 2023)

Broken Links: The Cinema of Teresa Villaverde

Andy Warhol, Filmmaker Without Qualities

A Cut Is Not An Accident:
Memories of Peter Watkins in '80s Melbourne

Geoffrey Weary: 1980s (Film) & 1990s (Video)

An Abandoned Mine: Notes on Orson Welles' Radio Work

The Windmill of My Mind

Woo’s Words:
A Lexicon for the Cinema of John Woo (1998)

Marty versus Clint

 






 

ACTORS

Brando's Ghost

The Phantom: Leslie Cheung (1956-2003)

The Incomparable Charisma of Chow Yun-fat

“Keep Your Hands on the Wheel, Ashleigh”:
Elle Fanning in A Rainy Day in New York

Good Will Hunting: Five Propositions on Ferrell Cinema

Isabelle Huppert: The Absent One

Attitudes and Postures: Jean-Pierre Léaud

 

 

GENRE

The Adventures of Cliff Ingersoll ...
And Other Evil Artists of the Movies

Families and Friends

The Long Path Back:
Medievalism and Film

The Teen Movie: Why Bother? (1989)

14 Uneasy Pieces of Teenage Life

The Mirror Cracked: Film on Film

Better Send Some People Down:
Suburbia in Australian Cinema (and Beyond)

__________


Smooth Operators

Thrillers

Lady, Beware: Female Gothic Variations

Modern Horror Cinema: From Screams to Scream

Overlooked Aspects of Film Noir
NEW (28 Jul 2023)

__________


Bad to the Bone

Trash Comedy: Rear End Window

In Defence of Trash TV

Ode to Pop Cinema

Hip and Flip:
The Uncertainties of Postmodern Comedy

NEW (9 Feb 2024)

Phantom of the Impermanent (column series)

Serial Killer TV of the 2020s
NEW (13 Jan 2023)

Some Television Families (1978)

Stretch TV

TV Or Not TV? (1981)
NEW (16 Jun 2023)

The Challenge of Narrative:
Storytelling Mutations Across Television and Cinema

NEW (20 Oct 2023)

__________


Game Space and Play Time:
A Partial History of American Screen Comedy
(Lubitsch, Sturges, Tashlin)

Exploring Themes in Film: The Example of Radio Days

French Film Musicals

Dance Fever

Variations on the Miracle

__________


The Adventures of Form (1990)

On Experimental Film:
Contribution to an Internet Discussion Group in 1997

I Dream of Austria

The Call of Fiction




 

FILM CULTURE

Artistic Tension: What is Collaboration?

Australian Film Culture: An Obscurely Desired Object

Ballad of an Audio Commentator

Best Films of the 1980s (1990)
NEW (30 Jun 2023)

Cherish the Thought – Foreword to Daniel Binns’
Material Media-Making in the Digital Age

Cinema, Tears, Catharsis

Cinephilia as War Machine
NEW (6 Oct 2023)

Clinical and Critical, Visible and Real:
Uses of Digital Footage in Contemporary Cinema

The Cruel and the Callow

Driven   NEW (28 Jun 2024)

The Documentary Temptation:
Fiction Filmmakers and Non-Fiction Forms

Elastic Shots:
Processing the Aesthetic of the Frame

A Festive Threesome

Film and Video, Cain and Abel

Film/Screen Studies in Australia:
Two Essays 1992/2022
NEW (1 Dec 2023)

Follow the Fleet

Good and Bad Nostalgia

Here and Elsewhere
(The Festival View from Australia)
NEW (8 Sep 2023)

If The Man Can't Dance / He Gets No Second Chance

The Imperfect Light:
Cinema and the Gallery

Incitement to Desire
(2006 Reception Speech)

Intimate Metamorphosis:
Film and Architectural Space

Last Concern

Light My Fire:
The Geology and Geography of Film Canons

Lit Cigarettes: The 1990s

Literary Cinephilia: A Survey

A Letter from Stanley Cavell (2001)
NEW (21 Apr 2023)

A Lyric Space: From Cinema to Media Art

Main Street USA

Manifesto of the Disinvited (Free Gesture)

What is Mise en scène?
Entry for a Film Theory Encyclopedia

Missing Chapters:
A Proposal for the DVD Industry
NEW (31 May 2024)

News for Whom?:
Critical Coverage of the 10th Jeonju International Film Festival

On Auteurism

On the Corner: Peta Carlin

The Palace and the Bunker

Phantom Europe: A Mosaic

Possessory Credit
NEW (17 May 2024)

(R.A.) Lafferty Looper

“Shady Ladies of the Eighties”

Ship at Storm

Sign Your Name Across My Heart, or:
“I Want to Write About Delbert Mann”

Some Filmmakers are Gangsters

 A Streetcar Named the Movies

Three Remarks on Film Critics and Criticism (1991)

Top Ten Films of 2017 (Annotated)

A Translation Policy: Rouge Magazine

Truth Approaches, Reality Affects –
Afterword to Milcho Manchevski’s
Truth and Fiction: Notes on (Exceptional) Faith in Art

Undignified

Unmissable Movies on VHS (1990)
NEW (6 Oct 2023)

The Weimar Shuffle
(Call It What You Want)

We Shall Be Released

The Western Australia Project (1988)

Wild World

You Must Remember This
NEW (19 Apr 2024)



 

PHANTASMS
(select chapters from my 1994 book)

Phantasms Prologue
NEW (15 Dec 2023)

Hanging on the Telephone
NEW (1 Dec 2023)

 

 

TRIBUTES

For Nika Bohinc and Alexis Tioseco

Desire is All: Jean-Pierre Coursodon

Serge Daney: Two Legs to Walk On

On Deleuze

In Raymond Durgnat’s Crazy Mirror

Stephen Dwoskin (Obituary for The Guardian)

Bubbles in the Coffee Cup of John Flaus (1986)

Serious History: For Ross Gibson
NEW (10 Mar 2023)

Luminous Blows and Unforeseen Encounters:
An Introduction to Petr Král

Frank Lovece (1956-2018)

Two or Three Things I Know About Tom O’Regan
NEW (23 Feb 2024)

A Tribute to Poli Papapetrou (1960-2018)

Available to Enjoyment
(and Not Just in a Hedonistic Way):
An Appreciation of Victor Perkins
NEW (17 Nov 2023)

VOLA X: Vikki Riley (1962 – 2012)

Sam Rohdie (1939-2015)

A Ghost at Noon:
A Tribute to Raúl Ruiz (1941 – 2011)

For the Love of Valerie Solanas

Lesley Stern (1950-2021): Keep Dancing

There It Was: A Tribute to David Stratton

Paul Taylor (1957-1992), Impresario

Remembering Paul Willemen (1944-2012)

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

Manny Farber: Paintings and Writings,
edited by Michael Almereyda, Jonathan Lethem,
and Robert Polito

NEW (6 Oct 2023)

Linda Aronson’s
Scriptwriting Updated: New and Conventional
Ways of Writing for the Screen

Contemporary French Cinema: An Introduction
by Guy Austin

The Hidden God: Film and Faith
Edited by Mary Lea Bandy and Antonio Monda

TEN SKIES by Erika Balsom
NEW (27 Jan 2023)

Widescreen Cinema
by John Belton

The Cinema Hypothesis:
Teaching Cinema in the Classroom and Beyond

by Alain Bergala

Untimely Meditations
The BFI Film Classics Series

David Bordwell’s On the History of Film Style

Minding Movies: Observations on the Art,
Craft, and Business of Filmmaking
by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson

Citizen Welles: A Biography of Orson Welles
by Frank Brady

Everything is Cinema:
The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard
by Richard Brody

The Illusion of Life II:
More Essays on Animation
edited by Alan Cholodenko

NEW (8 Sep 2023)

The Error of My Ways
by Edward Colless

At the Cinema with Michel Cournot:
Au cinéma

In the Vernacular:
A Generation of Australian Culture and Controversy

by Stuart Cunningham

The Performance of Trauma in Moving Image Art
by Dirk de Bruyn

NEW (24 Mar 2023)

Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity
by Edward Dimendberg

Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma
and the Political Invisible

by Chris Dumas

The Screening of Australia Volume 2:
Anatomy of a National Cinema

by Susan Dermody & Elizabeth Jacka

The Essential Durgnat
edited by Henry K. Miller

Masters of Starlight: Photographers in Hollywood
by David Fahey and Linda Rich

Delia Falconer’s
The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers

Sergio Leone: Somedthing To Do With Death
by Christopher Frayling

Rosalind Galt’s Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image

Mise en scène: Film Style and Interpretation
by John Gibbs

NEW (25 Aug 2023)

Style and Meaning: Studies in the
Detailed Analysis of Film
edited by John Gibbs & Douglas Pye

NEW (14 Jun 2024)

Totally Truffaut: 23 Films for Understanding
the Man and the Filmmaker
by Anne Gillain

NEW (5 May 2023)

Introduction to a True History of Cinema and Television
by Jean-Luc Godard

Film is Like a Battleground: Sam Fuller’s War Movies
by Marsha Gordon

The Films of Fritz Lang:
Allegories of Vision and Modernity

by Tom Gunning

Directed by Vincente Minnelli by Stephen Harvey
NEW (19 May 2023)

Culture, Technology and Creativity in the Late Twentieth Century
Edited by Philip Hayward

Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn

Realism in Greek Cinema:
From the Post-War Period to the Present

by Vrasidas Karalis

On Andrew Klevan’s
Film Performance: From Achievement to Appreciation

Ecstatic Sound
by Robert Lloyd

American Movie Critics:
An Anthology from the Silents Until Now

Edited by Phillip Lopate

Authorship and Narrative in the Cinema:
Issues in Contemporary Aesthetics and Criticism

by William Luhr and Peter Lehman

Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at 70
by Colin MacCabe

Jane Campion's The Piano
edited by Harriet Margolis

TV Movies and Video Guide
later renamed Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide

Chris Marker, Posthumously, in 3 Books
NEW (12 Jan 2024)

How Did Lubitsch Do It? by Joseph McBride
NEW (7 Apr 2023)

The Oxford Companion to Australian Film
edited by Brian McFarlane, Geoff Mayer & Ina Bertrand

Hollywood Talks Turkey:
The Screen’s Greatest Flops

by Doug McClelland

Scratches and Glitches:
Observations on Preserving and Exhibiting
Cinema in the Early 21st Century
,
by Jurij Meden

NEW (8 March 2024)

Ecstasy and Economics
by Meaghan Morris

Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image
by Laura Mulvey

Deadly Cadenza by Paul Myers

Becoming Visionary:
Brian De Palma’s Cinematic Education of the Senses

by Eyal Peretz

The Eloquent Screen: A Rhetoric of Film
by Gilberto Perez

NEW (3 May 2024)

Positif 50 Years: Selections from the French Film Journal
Eds. Michel Ciment and Laurence Kardish
L’amour du cinema: 50 ans de la revue Positif
Ed. Stéphane Goudet

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, edited by James Quandt

The ABCs of Classic Hollywood by Robert B. Ray

The Passion of Pier Paolo Pasolini
by Sam Rohdie

Hacia una imagen no-tiempo.
Deleuze y el cine contemporáneo
by Sergi Sánchez

Citizen Sarris, American Film Critic:
Essays in Honor of Andrew Sarris

Letter to Comrade Girish Shambu
(on his The New Cinephilia)

Kaja Silverman and Harun Farocki,
Speaking about Godard

Kracauer: A Biography
by Jörg Später

Screen Media: Analysing Film and Television
by Jane Stadler with Kelly McWilliam

The Face on Film
by Noa Steimatsky

The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible
by David Sterritt

Why It's OK to Love Bad Movies by Matt Strohl
NEW (12 Jul 2024)

Introduction to
Memory Trade: A Prehistory of Cyberculture
by Darren Tofts & Murray McKeich

Warren Beatty: A Life And A Story
by David Thomson

Film Remakes

by Constantine Verevis

The Virtual Republic:
Australia’s Culture Wars of the 1990s

by McKenzie Wark


Mapping the Imaginary:
Ross Gibson’s
Camera Natura
by Deane Williams

Paris Hollywood: Writings on Film by Peter Wollen

Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan by Robin Wood
NEW (30 Jun 2023)

 

 

INTERVIEWS

Grupo Kane Interview (2009-2010)

Responses to a Cineaste Questionnaire
about Contemporary Television (2014)

Responsibility and Criticism:
Cinemascope (Italy) Interview

 

 

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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