From the editor and writers of Bright Lights Film Journal
Action! Interviews with Directors from Classical Hollywood to Contemporary Iran
(Anthem Art and Culture), by Gary Morris (Editor), Bert Cardullo (Introduction), Jonathan Rosenbaum (Foreword). London and New York: Anthem Press, 2009.
"I dare anyone to squeeze between two covers a more varied, useful and flat out entertaining sampling of the personalities that make the seventh art the liveliest."
David Hudson,
Robert Castle
Robert Castle
Collingswood, NJ, USA
Bob Castle has contributed regularly to Bright Lights Film Journal since 2000, He has a monthly feature, started five years ago, "A Sardine on Vacation," appearing in Unlikely Stories. In 2006, his first and only books were published: The End of Travel, a memoir (Ravenna Books); Odd Pursuits, a collection of 16 stories (Wild Child Publishing); and A Sardine on Vacation, fiction based on the feature column (Spuyten Duyvil). Since then he has devoted himself to play writing. A couple one-act plays have been performed in NYC in 2008 and 2009. In 2007, he co-wrote a play that appeared in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. He is a Board Member for the Philadelphia Dramatist Center.
The Essence of Television: The Irresistibility of Chauncey Gardner (BLFJ 77 – August 2012)
The beauty of Being There's satire lies in the strategy of depicting both television and its effects in a single man whose personality absorbs friend and foe, combines idiocy and wisdom.
Death of a President The Last Temptation of Anti-Bush Critics (BLFJ 77 – August 2012)
"Where many people watch a film for a true or faithful rendition of an historical event, I needed confirmation that the thing I was viewing was . . . made up!"
Two Cinematic Visions of the Inca Conquest-- The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Aguirre: Wrath of God (BLFJ 76 – May 2012)
"Both films suggest Europe has run aground spiritually, as they both depict the Catholic Church and its representatives to be as bloodthirsty as the conquistadors."
Carnivals of Our Fathers: "Media Movies" before the Television Age (BLFJ 75 – February 2012)
"That what we now call 'the media' could be a threat to society was not necessarily an unknown topic before television. From the 1930s, movies had recognized the manipulative side of the press."
» Rating Movies – Or, seeing stars (BLFJ 67 – February 2010)
"I want my favorites to get the high ratings – my judgments are being challenged by anonymous forces whom I cannot confront."
The Killing» Of Perfect Plans and Acts of Creation: Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (BLFJ 66 – November 2009)
"His plan mirrors Johnny's, that is, pieces of the plan are known to one person: Johnny and Stanley; and not until the end do we see most of their pieces come into place."
» The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974): The Ultimate NYC Film (BLFJ 65 – August 2009)
"What is this New York-ness?"
» The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009): Inflating Pelham (BLFJ 65 – August 2009)
"To be a star, or thought of as a star, was not enough."
» The Mothering of Evil in Several Hitchcock Films (BLFJ 56 – May 2007)
"She is so enthralled by her boy, the loving product from her own body, that she remains blind to his true nature."
» Following the Blind Swordsman: The Zatoichi Movies (BLFJ 54 – November 2006)
"He is an itinerant hero, a lone samurai whose mask is his blindness, a mask that hides his many strengths."
» A Sequel Too Far: The Case of the Multiplying Movie (BLFJ 52 – May 2006)
"A Hollywood Satan is a persistent devil"
» Un-Movies (BLFJ 52 – May 2006)
When is a movie not a movie?
» Unadaptable: A Fatal Problem with The Human Stain (BLFJ 51 – February 2006)
"Why not sock the audiences early with the 'fuck her in the ass' line?"
» Proust Regained: On Raul Ruiz's Time Regained and Filming the Unfilmable (BLFJ 51 – February 2006)
"In a single bold stroke, Ruiz films the novel according to the play of images, feelings, scents, and tastes that Marcel experiences."
» Performance World: The Truman Show's Sociology (BLFJ 49 – August 2005)
The show must go on
» The Interpretative Oddysey of 2001: Of Humanity and Hyperspace (BLFJ 46 – November 2004)
More fun in the new (old) world
» F for Fake: The Ultimate Mirror of Orson Welles (BLFJ 45 – August 2004)
In which Welles deflates expectations of greatness — and transcends them
» Animal Mother on Full Metal Jacket: "Don't follow leaders" (BLFJ 45 – August 2004)
Kubrick's shaman/artist takes on "the leaders"
» All the Citizen's Men (BLFJ 45 – August 2004)
In which Welles deflates expectations of greatness — and transcends them
» Disturbing Movies, or the Flip Side of the Real (BLFJ 44 – May 2004)
A disturbing movie shouldn't equivocate
» The Revolutionary James Bond Movie: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (BLFJ 43 – February 2004)
In which Lazenby, like Lazarus, is resurrected, along with the movie
» Tunes of Mutiny, or Making the Job Bearable (BLFJ 42 – November 2003)
"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." — The Who
» Kubrick and the Coen Brothes Again (BLFJ 42 – November 2003)
The Shining and Fargo share a view of society as "stupefied by its hypothetical aspirations"
» Fellini's Society Rehearsal: Orchestra Rehearsal Revisited (BLFJ 40 – May 2003)
In which "Fellini takes us beyond our frailties and chaos"
» The Mysterious Yearning Secretive Sad Lonely Troubled Confused "Talented" Mr. Ripley (BLFJ 39 – February 2003)
Andy Kaufman, Tony Clifton, Mr. Ripley, and the elisions of identity
» Daddy and Father in The Emerald Forest (BLFJ 39 – February 2003)
Civilization and its discontents
» Fritz Lang's Assumption Factory (BLFJ 38 – November 2002)
Social agreements and schisms in Fury, Modern Times, and A Clockwork Orange
» Recalling the Dream of Parenthood in Raising Arizona (BLFJ 37 – August 2002)
Of babynappings and bodily fluids, Coens and Kubricks
» The Clinton Syndrome, or the Survival Legacy (BLFJ 36 – April 2002)
Revisiting Wag the Dog and other, more troubling failures
» The Dharma Blues, or How I Brooded but Did Not Weep Over Kubrick's Bomb (BLFJ 35 – January 2002)
Opening the Eyes Wide Shut censorship battles for a close look
» Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (BLFJ 34 – October 2001)
There’s more trouble in Toontown than even the Toons imagined
» Average Nobodies: The Dark Knights of Goodfellas (BLFJ 32 – April 2001)
Scorsese’s wiseguy gangsters as modern-day knights errant

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