The Phantom Light (1935, Michael Powell)

Is the battle for the recognition of the pre-Grindhouse “quota quickies” and B-cinema over? One would think so considering the posthumous (and richly deserved) attention paid by critics, film-makers and archivists to the works of directors such as Joseph H Lewis, Edgar G Ulmer, Jacques Tourneur, Samuel Fuller and the subsequent efforts from the Corman … Continue reading The Phantom Light (1935, Michael Powell)

Pialat in Turkey

Bosphore (1964) Byzance (1964) La Corne d'Or (1964) Istanbul (1964) Maitre Galip (1964) Pehlivan (1964) On assignment Maurice Pialat and cameraman/cinematographer Willy Kurant go to Turkey, in disguise as the Lumiere brothers (less than a decade after Louis died), and send back a series of actualities, six in total. The opening trio work more in … Continue reading Pialat in Turkey

CHAT SHOW CINEMA

Perhaps with the HD camera and digital projection, as we see it used now, and with the widespread use of digital 'correction' of the image, cinema finally joins the tyranny of 'perfection', the realm already inhabited by the television talk show, the prestige novel, the fashion magazine, the bourgeois pop song. A perfect, terrifying, nauseating … Continue reading CHAT SHOW CINEMA