Download E-books The Shining (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Roger Luckhurst

Roger Luckhurst's examine of Kubrick's darkish masterpiece 'The Shining' illuminates the film's issues, tropes and resonances via an in depth research of sequences and performances. Taking the maze as a key motif, Luckhurst bargains a variety of threads with which to navigate the unusual twists and turns alongside the corridors of this enigmatic film.

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Download E-books In a Lonely Place (BFI Film Classics) PDF

"I used to be born whilst she kissed me; lived a number of brief weeks whereas she enjoyed me; I died while she left me." those bittersweet traces from In a Lonely Place are a becoming epitaph for the doomed romance on the heart of this robust Hollywood drama. Humphrey Bogart, in a single of his so much memorable performances, performs Dix, the hard-bitten and cynical screenwriter who falls for the glamorous Laurel (Gloria Grahame). yet Dix has a violent streak in him, and although he is eventually absolved of the homicide he is accused of, the affection affair can't survive.
Undeniably, as Dana Polan indicates in his refined and clever account, there are autobiographical undertones within the film--the marriage of Gloria Grahame to its director, Nicholas Ray, started to get a divorce in the course of construction. but regardless of its bleak finishing and its common noir kind, argues Polan, the wise-cracking among Dix and Laurel provides the movie the element of a screwball comedy.
Critics have been doubtful tips to reply to this mixture of genres while the movie first seemed. when you consider that then notwithstanding, In a Lonely Place has rightfully been stated as a vintage and compelling tale of blighted love.

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Download E-books Ride, Boldly Ride: The Evolution of the American Western PDF

By Mary Lea Bandy

This accomplished learn of the Western covers its historical past from the early silent period to contemporary spins at the style in movies resembling No kingdom for previous Men, There might be Blood, True Grit, and Cowboys & Aliens. whereas offering clean views on landmarks reminiscent of Stagecoach, Red River, The Searchers, The guy Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Wild Bunch, the authors additionally pay tribute to many under-appreciated Westerns. Ride, Boldly Ride explores significant stages of the Western’s improvement, together with silent period oaters, A-production classics of the Nineteen Thirties and early Forties, and the extra psychologically advanced portrayals of the Westerner that emerged after global battle II. The authors additionally research numerous sorts of genre-revival and genre-revisionism that experience recurred during the last half-century, culminating specially within the masterworks of Clint Eastwood. they think about topics akin to the interior lifetime of the Western hero, the significance of the average panorama, the jobs performed by means of ladies, the strain among fantasy and background, the depiction of the local American, and the juxtaposing of comedy and tragedy. Written in transparent, enticing prose, this is often the single survey that encompasses the total historical past of this long-lived and much-loved genre.

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Download E-books Independence Day (BFI Modern Classics) PDF

Independence Day created a world sensation whilst it used to be published in 1996, and has long gone directly to be one of many all-time maximum grossing motion pictures. Combining comic-book technology fiction at the grandest scale with unbelievable lighting tricks, Independence Day overjoyed audiences with its depiction of alien invaders decreasing the White condominium to an inferno. President invoice Clinton and presidential candidate Bob Dole either counseled the movie breathlessly. "We gained within the end," acknowledged Dole. "Bring your loved ones. you will be pleased with it. range. the US. management. reliable over Evil."
How did such an apocalyptic, anarchic and ultra-violent movie be ready to do so type of acclaim? Michael Rogin means that Independence Day serves American strength within the identify of attacking it. He analyzes how the movie re-imagines American society and rewrites American background. Propaganda disguised as escapism, Independence Day salves American anxiety--about race, sexuality, disorder, and war--by technique of delirious movie-making.
Independence Day is likely to be now not a vintage within the traditional feel. yet Rogin argues, pushing aside the declare that the movie is innocuous leisure, that it truly is of the maximum importance. Consummating the wedding of America's best export industries, leisure and aerospace, Independence Day is the defining movie of invoice Clinton's America.

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