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Brad Stevens

Brad Stevens is the author of two books: Monte Hellman: His Life and Films (McFarland, 2003) and Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision (FAB Press, 2004).

He has contributed to Sight & Sound, Video Watchdog, Cahiers du Cinema, Trafic, The Dark Side, The Movie Book of the Western, The Little Black Book: Movies, International Film Guide 2008, and the website Senses of Cinema.

He recorded commentary tracks (in collaboration with R. Dixon Smith) for the Masters of Cinema DVDs of F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu and Tabu.

He appears in the documentaries A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara, Odyssey in Rome, Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape and Outliving Dracula: Le Fanu’s Carmilla.

He can be seen interviewing Christopher Lee on the VCI and Salvation DVDs of The City of the Dead, and has written DVD sleeve notes for Shock Corridor, The Naked Kiss, Full Metal Jacket, The Driller Killer, La Notte, Obsession, Les Diaboliques, Knightriders and the Masters of Cinema box set of Buster Keaton’s short films.

He tweets at @BradStevens22.

Articles by Brad Stevens

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  • Home of the weak: Out of the Past and four ways of framing film noir

    How can we define films noir? Are they really all about fatalism, and gynophobia – or could the richest of them actually hint at what it means to lose the rat race, asks Brad Stevens?

    Thursday, June 30, 2016


  • The Pedestrian: post-war Germany without the chewing gum

    Maximilian Schell’s 1973 investigation of West Germany’s relationship with its Nazi past wishes away the American cultural trappings that inform the better-known works of his New German Cinema peers. It’s the sort of failure from which cults are made, says Brad Stevens.

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016


  • Mirror, mirror: Jacques Rivette, the Marx Brothers and the plays we game

    Brad Stevens on what links Duck Soup’s celebrated nightdress pantomime and Jacques Rivette’s multidimensional actresses – an anarchic scepticism about the very possibility of stable identity.

    Friday, March 4, 2016


  • The Bergman-Rossellini ending variations

    Should Ingrid stay or should she go? Brad Stevens on Roberto Rossellini’s ambivalence across the multiple endings of Stromboli and Fear (La Paura) in circulation.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016


  • No way home: Steven Spielberg’s roads to nirvana

    All the old binary definitions melt away as we follow one of the last great populists of American cinema over the horizon, argues Brad Stevens.

    Tuesday, December 1, 2015


  • The comfort of disaster (movies)

    The 1970s were a chaotic time, Hollywood overrun by deranged auteurs. Luckily there were still a column of white-bread movie stars on hand to save the day, says Brad Stevens.

    Wednesday, September 23, 2015


  • Masters of space

    Max Ophuls’ Lola Montès reminds Brad Stevens how, in the classical studio era, control of mise en scène and camera movement connoted a power we may now struggle to comprehend.

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015


  • Eating John Malkovich

    According to the movies, our latest celebrity-consumption technologies are leading us to the void, says Brad Stevens.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015


  • Mob rules: Party Girl and the Blacklist

    Trivialised as a stylish film noir frivolity, Party Girl seems to have been written as an On the Waterfront-like apologia for informing – a moral turned inside out by its director Nicholas Ray, says Brad Stevens.

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015


  • Requiem for cavalier attitudes

    Great directors used to know how to have their way with source literature. Even novels of distinction were no impediment to Vincente Minnelli, says Brad Stevens.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015


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