Nick Pinkerton is your guide through the cinema of the Gothic tradition from the American South – films steeped in dark family secrets, lost loves and the ghosts of slavery, set in crumbling ante-bellum mansions, populated by exiles and eccentrics and coloured by the prospect of macabre violence.
In a brief window between 1930 and 1934, Hollywood studios were able to portray America with previously unseen realism. Mike Mashon explores the campaign for moral oversight, while James Bell examines filmmakers’ depiction of taboo subjects from adultery and poverty to crime.
Andrew Tracy explores the characteristics that have come to define this most elastic of forms, while eight more contributors highlight a dozen influential milestone essay films, from Jean Vigo to Chris Marker.
Andrew Tracy, Ginette Vincendeau, Katy McGahan, Chris Darke, Geoff Andrew, Olaf Möller, Sergio Wolf, Nina Power, Nick Bradshaw
Saturday 3 August 2013
For all its revolutionary impact, Italian neorealism did not represent a complete break with the past. Pasquale Iannone is your guide to 12 key milestones in the development of a new cinematic language.