An updating of Henri Bergson's theory of comedy, which argues that it makes the theory a better fit to contemporary film comedy.
An analysis of the Hong Kong martial arts action comedy, that distinguishes between the more generically parodic and the more purely Asian form that relies more exclusively on gag structure and action choreography.
A detailed application of philosopher Henri Bergson's comic theory on Jacques Tati's masterpiece, Les vacances du Mr. Hulot. Be forewarned: some of this will not be funny!
Hantke analyzes Ricci's peculiar persona as exemplified across her horror films.
Part two of the examination of the dualistic career of Bette Davis through the prism of Davis’ roles as identical twins in the fraternal films A Stolen Life (1946) and Dead Ringer (1964).
An examination of the dualistic career of Bette Davis through the prism of Davis’ roles as identical twins in the fraternal films A Stolen Life (1946) and Dead Ringer (1964).
An exploration of the 1929 British film Piccadilly, a remarkable exploration of sex, race and class in a spectacular Expressionist-style story of backstage rivalry starring the charismatic and alluring Anna May Wong.
A broad study of the contributions, value and legacy of the great African American actor Sidney Poitier.
A studied look at the relationship between star persona and characterisation in the star trinity of Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson in Scorsese's The Departed.
An analysis of how diverging directorial styles can impact on acting and performance, using John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy and John Cassavetes' Husbands.
Louis Goyette's searing analysis of Gilles Groulx's Où êtes-vous donc? lovingly translated by David George Menard.
An analysis of how Visconti's masterful film The Leopard depicts the consciousness of the aristocracy in all its glory, pompousness, morality, rigidity and imperfections.
An analysis of an often overlooked part of mise en scene, the use of props, in Spike Lee's timeless classic, Do the Right Thing.
Kyle Barrowman tackles the thorny theoretical debate of authorship employing Hong Kong mega-action star Bruce Lee in an effort to bring the study of film, at least where Lee is concerned, back to the text. In Part 1 Barrowman lays out the theoretical battleground and in Part 2 he demonstrates the potentialities of a return to the text by doing a close formal analysis of Lee's The Way of the Dragon.
A defining essay that argues for the consideration of Michael Mann as a "great contemporary auteur."