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Why It's Impossible to Recreate a Film Shot by Shot

Why It's Impossible to Recreate a Film Shot by Shot | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
There’s no such thing as a pure angle or performance; the life of a movie’s creators are embodied in every action.
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War Stories and Anti-War Stories

War Stories and Anti-War Stories | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
Mostly, even purported anti-war films glorify violence.
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True surrealism: Walter Benjamin and The Act of Killing | Sight & Sound

True surrealism: Walter Benjamin and The Act of Killing | Sight & Sound | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing documents the efforts of a group of small-time gangsters in Indonesia to re-enact, through cinematic genres, their roles as executioners in the 1965-66 government-sponsored killings of so-called Communists.
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The ASC: John Alton: Cinematography’s Outlier, Part Three « John Bailey’s Bailiwick

The ASC: John Alton: Cinematography’s Outlier, Part Three « John Bailey’s Bailiwick | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
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Nice analysis of John Alton's under-appreciated work on the telelvision series, Mission Impossible.

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Materialist Performance in the Digital Age

Materialist Performance in the Digital Age | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
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"There has been a renewed interest in film and video performance over the last decade, evident in the emergence of the VJ (Video Jockey) and VJing as real-time visual performance. Groups such as 242.pilots, for example, have been described as a real-time video ensemble, improvising and re-animating, live with images, what the jazz band has traditionally executed through sound. The processing speed of digital imagery has enabled such new forms of image manipulation, often developing audiences via sonic communities inhabited by sound artists whose initial focus was experimental music."

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A free replay (notes on Vertigo) by Chris Marker — Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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"‘Power and freedom’. Coupled together, these two words are repeated three times in Vertigo. First, at the twelfth minute by Gavin Elster (‘freedom’ under­ lined by a move to close-up) who, looking at a picture of Old San Francisco, expresses his nostalgia to Scottie (‘San Francisco has changed. The things that spelled San Francisco to me are disappearing fast’), a nostalgia for a time when men – some men at least – had ‘power and freedom’. Second, at the thirty-fifth minute, in the bookstore, where ‘Pop’ Liebel explains how Carlotta Valdes’s rich lover threw her out yet kept her child: ‘Men could do that in those days. They had the power and the freedom … ‘ And finally at the hundred and twenty-fifth minute – and fifty-first second to be precise – but in reverse order (which is logical, given we are now in the second part, on the other side of the mirror) by Scottie himself when, realizing the workings of the trap laid by the now free and powerful Elster, he says, a few seconds before Judy’s fall – which, for him, will be Madeleine’s second death – ‘with all his wife’s money and all that freedom and power … ‘ Just try telling me these are coincidences.

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The 8mm Films of Vivian Maier

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A Rare Glimpse of the Late Street Photographer's 1970s Moving Image Work
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(VIDEO)  "These fragile, observational clips uncover Vivian Maier’s largely unseen experimentation with film. The New York-born photographer spent 40 years working as a nanny in Chicago, simultaneously fostering a secret passion for image-making that led her to document the urban life of America, enjoying her productive peak in the 50s and 60s. “Vivian saw details that pass us by in everyday life,” says director, curator and the primary caretaker of Maier’s oeuvre, John Maloof."

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UbuWeb Film & Video: Christian Marclay - Maria Chavez, Marina Rosenfeld and Tristan Shepherd perform Marclay's Screen Play (2010)

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Spring Breakers Randomised

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Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers is an oddity wrapped up in a conventional teen-drama that warps into some kind of day-glo fever dream of bikinis, Britney, and assault rifles. Ostensibly the tale o...
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Voyage chez Jean-Luc Godard

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Reportage en Suisse sur le tournage d'«Adieu au langage».
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Swiss Report on the set of "Farewell to the language", the 3D project by Jean-Luc Godard. 

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Vulgar Auteurism and the Legacy of the French New Wave

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“Vulgar auteurism” is a cinematic limbo game of “how low can you go” in recognizing cinematic art in the medium’s overlooked works, notably action movies. It’s a movement that doesn’t seek to repudiate the canon but to expand it.
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Fast & Furious & Elegant: Justin Lin and the Vulgar Auteurs

Fast & Furious & Elegant: Justin Lin and the Vulgar Auteurs | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
Justin Lin may strike some as out of place in the pantheon of contemporary auteurs.
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The New Evidentiary Cinema

Talk delivered at UC Santa Cruz, Department of Film & Digital Media, February 1, 2013
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Senses of Cinema – Who Let the Cats Out? Buñuel, Deneuve and Belle de jour

Senses of Cinema – Who Let the Cats Out? Buñuel, Deneuve and Belle de jour | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
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Experimental Film Society: 12 Favourite Filmmakers

Experimental Film Society: 12 Favourite Filmmakers | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
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Experimental Film Society and some of its friends and associates to send in lists of their twelve favourite filmmakers for publication on the EFS website.

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Passing the Test by Imogen Sara Smith - Moving Image Source

Passing the Test by Imogen Sara Smith - Moving Image Source | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
On Repetition, Performance, and the Greatness of Howard Hawks by Imogen Sara Smith
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Richard Whitelaw interviews Vicki Bennett ahead of the Notations tour

Richard Whitelaw interviews Vicki Bennett ahead of the Notations tour | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us) has been an influential figure in the field of audio visual collage, through her innovative sampling, appropriating and cutting up of fo...
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The Melville Variations on Notebook

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The Notebook is proud to present this video essay in coordination with TRANSIT magazine, where you can find the Spanish version of the piece. LUCKY 13 13 variations
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"13 variations for 13 films, accompanied by the musical theme composed by François de Roubaix for Le samouraï (1967): the cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville condensed into a series of motifs that travel from movie to movie, reiterating and transforming, finding their full meaning only when they are put into relation. A non-exhaustive collection1, but filled with recognisable images that clearly obsess this filmmaker."

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Beautiful video essay on one of the father's of the New Wave

 

"13 variations for 13 films, accompanied by the musical theme composed by François de Roubaix for Le samouraï (1967): the cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville condensed into a series of motifs that travel from movie to movie, reiterating and transforming, finding their full meaning only when they are put into relation. A non-exhaustive collection1, but filled with recognisable images that clearly obsess this filmmaker."

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Curating film

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Download Issue 3 as PDF (5 mb) Issue 3 from oncurating-journal.org "Seven interviews address the question as to what constitutes and characterizes each respective style of curatorial work with the moving picture. How can the specific spatial situation in the cinema be conceived as a space which evokes meaning in a special way, and what is the nature of the narrative break brought about by showing films in exhibition galleries? What are the specific ideological structures which distinguish these spaces? "Curating Film" presents seven interviews with curators who work primarily with the format of film and/or video. These interviews were all conducted in May 2009 during the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival."
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INCITE » Walter Forsberg, "God Must Have Painted Those Pictures: Illuminating Auroratone’s Lost History"

INCITE » Walter Forsberg, "God Must Have Painted Those Pictures: Illuminating Auroratone’s Lost History" | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
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"Auroratone was the result of mechanical attempts by British-born Cecil Stokes to render music into projected colored images. The key idea here – mimicking synaesthesia with the help of machinery – dates at least as far back as French Jesuit Louis-Bertrand Castel’s 18th century “ocular harpsichord,” which correlated colors of the visible spectrum with notes of the musical scale."

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Slavoj Žižek on The Act of Killing and the modern trend of “privatising public space”

Slavoj Žižek on The Act of Killing and the modern trend of “privatising public space” | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
The documentary film The Act of Killing asks Indonesian death-squad leaders to re-enact their crimes for the camera. They boast openly about their massacres as we observe the real effects of living a fiction.
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OAPEN Library - Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art

OAPEN Library - Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
DOWNLOAD PDF Whether it involves remaking an old Hollywood movie, projecting a quiet 16mm film, or constructing a bombastic multi-screen environment, cinema now takes place not just in the movie theatre and the home, but also in the art gallery and the museum. The author of this engaging study takes stock of this development, offering an in-depth inquiry into its genesis, its defining features, and the ramifications it has for art and cinema alike. Through the lens of contemporary art history, she examines cinema studies’ great disciplinary obsession – namely, what cinema was, is, and will become in a digital future.
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Kubrick

"In conjunction with the exhibition "Stanley Kubrick" on view through June 30th, 2013, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this FREE app for iPhone and iPad includes photos, documents and original interviews that recount Kubrick's groundbreaking achievements. "

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The Accidental Archivist: Mike Mashon, Head of Moving Image Section, Library of Congress | Indiana University Libraries Film Archive

The Accidental Archivist: Mike Mashon, Head of Moving Image Section, Library of Congress | Indiana University Libraries Film Archive | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
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“I never really intended to be an archivist,” says Mike Mashon, after recounting his diverse educational background.  Mashon, the Head of Moving Image Section at the Library of Congress, received his undergraduate degree in Microbiology fromLouisiana State University, going on to pursue a Master’s in the same field at theUniversity of Texas. Working for the Texas Department of Health, he was the first person the organization ever hired to conduct research on AIDS.  Yet the longer he worked with science, the less he wanted to make it a career."

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Bombast #96 | SUNDANCE NOW

Bombast #96 | SUNDANCE NOW | Cinema Vortex | Scoop.it
By Nick Pinkerton "What is Vulgar Auteurism? If a May 24 primer in the Voice Media Group’s New York City paper is any indication, it’s a shameless attention grab. A critical tool of any use? Not so much. Yet all the world, or at least all the world’s editors, love a catchy tagline. So it was with the brief and fearful reign of Mumblecore over everyone but audiences, so it was in the days when media-savvy critics-turned-filmmakers launched the French Nouvelle Vague, whose architects “Vulgar Auteurists” frequently cite as predecessors. And now Vulgar Auteurism, a vaguely-defined idea whose moment of critical mass has arrived nevertheless, enters the conversation, despite the fact that no persuasive argument has yet been made for why the phrase should be vitally necessary to modify old, fuddy-duddy Auteurism."
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