Off to the Printers: Film International 63-4 – Double Issue

The Engels Project What Engels writes about education, about housing, about employment practices, about health and general social inequality, remains as valid today as it was in 1844, when he wrote the book. Although the material infrastructure of life has of course changed massively for the better, with clean water, […]

Ten Mantras of Man of Steel: or How to Make a Blockbuster

By Matthew Sorrento. The prologue on Krypton, detailing Superman’s birth, will play as the start of an intriguing science fiction adventure – and then shall be exploited in a bizarre sf-horror invasion of Earth. Zack Snyder should take his title too literally and pack his film with imagery of steel […]

Coming Soon: Film International 62

‘The Last Silent Star Standing’: An Oral History of 1920s Film with Diana Serra Cary To delve into her life – almost Zelig-like in the manner she appears in photographs sparring playfully with Jack Dempsey, performing a graceful pose with Irene Castle, being held in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s arms – […]

New Narratives for the 21st Century

By Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. With the exhaustion of film narrative an accomplished fact, it would seem that new, “anti-narratives” might be an early clue to a new direction. Inspired by the famous comment by Jean-Luc Godard that a film should “have a beginning, a middle and […]

A Note on the Digital Implosion

An account on the difference between celluloid and the nowaday omnipresent digital film experience by Mats Carlsson. I would argue that the fear of the digital (felt by some) and the claim of a different feel attributable to the digitalized watching experience, grounds itself on a level other than that […]

Streaming: Movies, Media, and Instant Access

Wheeler Winston Dixon presents his new book. Film stocks are vanishing, but the image remains, albeit in a new, sleeker format. Today, viewers can instantly stream movies on demand on televisions, computers, and smartphones. Long gone are the days when films could only be seen in theaters: Videos are now […]

Off to the Printers: Film International 61

How to Escape from Brazil? An interview with Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek and British director Sophie Fiennes ‘You know that I am still a radical leftist precisely due to my pessimism. For the true Utopia is to think that things can somehow go on as they are. No, if we […]

Call for proposals: The Lives and Deaths of the Yuppie

The Lives and Deaths of the Yuppie is the working title of a book project co-edited by Daniel Lindvall and Saër Maty Bâ. The aim of the book is to present a range of analyses of ‘the yuppie’ and ‘yuppiedom’ within late 20th and early 21st century film and television. […]

Coming Soon: Film International 60

Paradise is Here: The aesthetic world of Imad and Swel Noury Imad and Swel Noury are conduits of a sort of cinematic bricollage. They are young – at the time of writing, Imad is 29 and Swel is 33. Born in Casablanca to a well-known Moroccan father – television and […]

In Production: Our first ever DOUBLE ISSUE

Shooting in Riyadh when Arabia Was Poor: American film crew accepts Arabian hospitality and lunch with Saudi King I’d flown into Riyadh from Bahrain as one of a film crew; about twenty of us travelling the world in a Pan American Airways DC-4 airliner shooting scenes for the huge screen […]