Category Archives: film studies

Joining Celluloid: The Art of Film Editing

FILM IS THRIVING….BUT WHAT ABOUT FILM SPLICING With the recent critical releases of La La Land, Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences, and Hidden Figures, audiences are witnessing the beauty of film at the cinema.  Add in Kodak’s new Super 8 Camera (image below) and the return … Continue reading

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Nagisa Ôshima’s Death By Hanging

Few film movements have gone as overlooked by the west as the Japanese New Wave; the radical and thought provoking generation of filmmakers who had the misfortune of following what many considered golden age of Japanese Cinema. While filmmakers like … Continue reading

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Charlton Heston + Ben-Hur = Liza Minnelli + Cabaret

There exist a multitude of constraints that prohibit me from witnessing first-run films in theatres. Time and finances are the strongest of those constraints. And when I do have the time and money, more often than not I see films … Continue reading

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Esther Williams: A Woman Pursued

By Tarquin Mandrake Esther Williams was a star who exploded out of Louis B Mayer’s Warner Brothers studio system in the 1940s. A swimmer who was on course to compete in the Olympics until the Second World War intervened. She … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: My Picks At This Year’s JRFF

Every year, the James River Film Festival offers ample opportunities for memorable filmwatching.  The five films I’m most excited about catching at this year’s festival: 1. Mix-Up.  Two women mixed up at birth, raised by the wrong set of parents, … Continue reading

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Robert Mitchum still looks good

In his 1957 Essay, “The Face of Garbo,” French philosopher and theorist Roland Barthes remarked upon the magic and power of cinema to turn the human visage into something greater than how it is or can be regarded through normal, … Continue reading

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The Performance of History: Demain des l’aube

History, as defined by its own disciplinary parameters, would seemingly always exist separate from the acts of performance, production, creation, and invention.  After all, the “looking back” that is required from history’s intellectual demands emphasizes understanding how and why performance, production, creation, and invention … Continue reading

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