Partial Views of a Total Art, Classic to Contemporary
About This Book
'Among my contemporaries, the best film critic writing in English in America is Bert Cardullo, and 'Screen Writings' proves why.' —Dan Harper, American film scholar
'A lot of what Bert Cardullo has to say about contemporary world cinema would be interesting to a very wide audience… He is someone with an impressive and stimulating command of the difficult dance of the film review.' —Jerry White, University of Alberta
'Bert Cardullo's articles and reviews are invariably intelligent, original, and highly informed. I have been a sturdy admirer of his work for years; he's a solid writer and an equally solid judge.' Frederick Morgan, American poet
The main purpose of 'Screen Writings' is to stake out territory for a certain type of film critic, somewhere between a reviewer-journalist and a scholar-theorist. At a time when the movie review has degenerated into mere publicity for Hollywood pictures, while film scholarship has become entangled in its own pseudo-scientific discourse, the author offers close readings of individual films that go beyond simple plot summaries and vague impressions about acting, yet refrain from hermetic theoretical pronouncements. With elegance, clarity, and rigor, the author explains how moviemakers use the resources of the medium to pursue complex, significant humanistic goals. Thus, in addition to chronicling the vitality and richness of international film art, ‘Screen Writings’ also aims to facilitate its understanding and appreciation.
The reviews and re-viewings contained in ‘Screen Writings’ are acts of analysis and interpretation in the humanistic sense - they are neither theoretical musings nor pedantic tracts. As such, this book can be considered a call for the return of practical criticism as the best way to understand and appreciate the work of cinematic artists, including directors from a countries across the world. Contemporary films like ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Lost in Translation’ are treated, as well as classics like ‘Tokyo Story’, ‘Forbidden Games’, and ‘Some Like It Hot’. These review-essays are supplemented by a previously unpublished interview with LuchinoVisconti and a investigation of the new screen violence, as well as by a bibliography of related criticism, directors' filmographies, individual film credits, and a thorough index.
Bert Cardullo is Professor and Chair of Media and Communication at the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Part I. Children and the Cinema; Children of a Lesser God; Death Wish, Child’s Whim, Auteurist Will; War Games; Part II. Literature and Adaptation; 'Outing' Edward, Outfitting Marlowe; Theater and Fiction into Film; Part III. Views and Interviews; Married to the Job; Reflecting Reality—and Mystery; Lower Depths, Higher Planes; The Cinema of Resistance; Part IV: World Enough and Time; The World Is Too Much with Us; Characterizing Space, Configuring Time; As Time Goes By; Bibliography; Index