Real Queer Arabs

By Omar Hassan. In the post-Brokeback Mountain era of film-making, cinematic representations of homosexuality no longer conjure up lengthy debate or public controversy. Producers have developed the assumption that the LGBT community (who are generally believed to possess a higher disposable income) are hungry for media to consume. As such, […]

Tribute to Arthouse Actress Maria Schneider

By Moira Sullivan. Maria Schneider plays Jeanne in Last Tango in Paris, a young woman who confronts her sadistic attacker Paul, played by a much older Marlon Brando, and shoots him. Schneider sums it up: “I must say that the murder in the end of the film did me much […]

‘Planetary Humanism’ Calling: new sightings of ‘black’ bodies in epic films

By Saër Maty Bâ. INTRODUCTION If ‘race’ is dead, the circumstances of its passing must be examined, its funeral organised and – without assumption, endorsement or dismissal – new critical, post-racial processes triggered and affected. Why is ‘post-race’ still an imprecise discourse? Could end-of-‘race’ be a tool for reading (racial) […]

oN thE eDGe

By Gary McMahon. What has no power, no money, and can bite your fucking head off? Find out by downloading this pdf:  oN_thE_eDGe[1]. [This piece was originally published in b/w in Film International 43, vol. 8, no. 1, 2010. Here is the full colour version.] Share

Chance, Chaos, Confusion and the Marketing of The Wicker Man

By Linda Hutcheson. ‘Incredibly, in many European countries, the attitude still exists that a good film shouldn’t really have to be marketed at all, that the public will somehow instinctively find and appreciate artistic quality without the assistance of a vulgar marketing campaign.’ (Puttnam 1997: 314, emphasis in the original) […]

Beyond Saul Bass: A Century of American Film Title Sequences

By Deborah Allison. Back in 1928, Herbert C. McKay wrote a filmmaking manual which offered the following advice: ‘The main title group with the first title may be made as elaborate as one desires as few spectators stop to read them anyway aside from the simple title of the film’ […]

In Memoriam: Robin Wood

By Michael Tapper. When thinking about Robin Wood, his book Personal Viewsalways comes to mind. He published it in 1976 – a transitional period between what he called his life as ‘an ideal bourgeois man’ and his coming out as a gay, feminist and socialist in his manifesto ‘Responsibilities of […]