BOOKS RECEIVED: Eric C. Brown, “Milton on Film” (Duquesne UP, 2015)
In January 2012, shooting was set to begin in Sydney, Australia, on the Hollywood-backed production of Miltons Paradise Lost, with Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper cast as Satan. Yet just two weeks before the start of production, Legendary Pictures delayed the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stephen Gundle, “Mussolini’s Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
The intersection between film stardom and politics is an understudied phenomenon of Fascist Italy, despite the fact that the Mussolini regime deemed stardom important enough to warrant sustained attention and interference. Focused on the period from the start of sound… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Sarah Thomas, “Peter Lorre, Face Maker: Constructing Stardom and Performance in Hollywood and Europe” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Peter Lorre described himself as merely a ‘face maker’. His own negative attitude also characterizes traditional perspectives which position Lorre as a tragic figure within film history: the promising European artist reduced to a Hollywood gimmick, unable to escape the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: John Orr, “The Demons of Modernity: Ingmar Bergman and European Cinema” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Ingmar Bergman’s films had a very broad and rich relationship with the rest of European cinema, contrary to the myth that Bergman was a peripheral figure, culturally and aesthetically isolated from the rest of Europe. This book contends that he… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Philip Cavendish, “The Men with the Movie Camera: The Poetics of Visual Style in Soviet Avant-Garde Cinema of the 1920s” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Unlike previous studies of the Soviet avant-garde during the silent era, which have regarded the works of the period as manifestations of directorial vision, this study emphasizes the collaborative principle at the heart of avant-garde filmmaking units and draws attention… Read More
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