Download E-books Queen Christina (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Marcia Landy

When Greta Garbo made Queen Christina for MGM in 1933, she was once on the top of her powers. foreign stardom had given her extraordinary keep watch over over her profession. a brand new agreement with the studio guaranteed her session on tale fabric and a veto over the administrators of her films.
the tale of Christina, the seventeenth-century queen of Sweden pressured to choose from her deepest and public existence, used to be very best to Garbo's photograph. certainly, Christina's eventual abdication used to be uncannily prophetic of Garbo's unexpected withdrawal from the cinema in simple terms 8 years after this film.
The position referred to as for the expression of an extreme eroticism, and the mysteriously compelling sexuality keeps to fascinate either female and male audiences. Marcia Landy and Amy Villarejo discover this with nice subtlety, displaying the ways that strength and gender impose contradictory pressures.

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Download E-books Night of the Living Dead (BFI Film Classics) PDF

George A. Romero’s Night of the residing Dead (1968) is largely said as the most influential horror movies of all time.  Shot on a low finances on black and white movie, Night depicts an the USA less than siege from reanimated corpses.  The motion centres round a motley crew of survivors holed up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, besieged through flesh-eating ghouls.  Romero’s specialise in tensions among contributors of this makeshift neighborhood resonates with modern racial and gender conflicts and, as well as its shockingly visceral content material, the film’s effect lay in its engagement with modern social upheaval – Vietnam and the peace flow, the civil rights fight, assassinations and escalating city tensions.

Benjamin Hervey’s learn of the movie is the 1st to supply an in depth research of the movie and an in-depth account of its reception. Drawing on unique archival study, Hervey lines how the movie fast received cult prestige, whereas while it was once hailed as a bit of artwork cinema and as a deep political allegory.  Hervey analyses the movie scene-by-scene, detailing how the scoring, modifying, images and lights got here jointly to total robust effect.  He offers a richly precise historic context for his interpreting of the movie, displaying, for instance, how scenes in Night without delay relate to modern information insurance of Vietnam.

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Download E-books Cult Midnight Movies: Discover the 37 Best Weird, Sleazy, Sexy, and Crazy Good Cinema Classics PDF

By Danny Peary

Eraserhead to Blue Velvet to The Rocky Horror photo express to Harold and Maude—midnight video clips maintain you up well past your bedtime, no matter if you’re curled up at the sofa or in a theater jam-packed with like-minded lovers. They invoke responses starting from “Why am I looking at this?” to “I can’t think I’m staring at this!” during this selection of 37 essays drawn from his respected Cult Movies sequence, cult movie professional Danny Peary examines, dissects, defends, and exalts hour of darkness video clips from his distinctive and fascinating standpoint. His writing is a cornerstone of the cult movie tradition that keeps to flourish at the present time. New to this publication sequence are Danny Peary’s cult motion picture checklists for every style. each middle of the night motion picture fan will stroll away with newly came upon gemstones to observe, and a newfound appreciation of his or her favorites.

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Download E-books Written on the Wind (BFI Film Classics) PDF

By Peter William Evans

Written at the Wind (1956) is considered one of classical Hollywood's so much extraordinary movies and
ranks between Douglas Sirk's most interesting achievements. An severe melodrama about
an alcoholic playboy who marries the lady his ally secretly loves,
the movie is very stylised, psychologically advanced, and marked by way of Sirk's
characteristic charting of the social realities of Fifties America.

This first unmarried learn of Written at the Wind reassesses the film's artistic
heritage and position in the wider framework of latest American
culture. Incorporating unique archival examine, Peter William Evans examines
the creation, promoting and reception of Written at the Wind, exploring its
themes – of time, reminiscence, area, kinfolk, type and intercourse – in addition to its brilliance
of shape. Its bright aesthetics, strong performances and profound treatment
of human feelings, make Written at the Wind a masterpiece of Hollywood
melodrama.

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