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, IFC.com
David L. Pike
New York City
dpike@american.edu
David L. Pike teaches literature and film at American University. His most recent book is Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World. Earlier books include Metropolis on the Styx: The Underworlds of Modern Urban Culture, 1800-2001; Subterranean Cities: The World Beneath Paris and London, 1800-1945; and Passage Through Hell: Modernist Descents, Medieval Underworlds, all from Cornell University Press. He is co-author of Literature: A World of Writing and co-editor of the Longman Anthology of World Literature, and has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century urban literature, culture, and film. He is currently working on the Victorian underground after the 19th century and culture and Cold War bunkers since the end of the Cold War.
» Telling Stories: Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell (2012) (BLFJ 81 – August 2013)
"Part of it is about the right to privacy, and part of it is about telling the story the way she wanted it to be told. But there's also an underlying argument regarding the existential fact of being an actor, and the related argument of identity being performed rather than essential."
» More Than Just Another Day Underground: Anthony Asquith's First Feature Gets the Deluxe Treatment (BLFJ 79 – February 2013)
"It is a much starker contrast than, say, in Hitchcock's London films of the same period, where the humorous grace notes of the urban everyday and a happy ending are balanced throughout by a recognition of the inherent instability and all-out terror of the same modernity that produces those grace notes."
» The Future of a Delusion: On David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (BLFJ 75 – February 2012)
"Cronenberg's method, it seems, is perfectly suited for making truly historical dramas, stripping away our tendency to read individuals through their writings in something like the way diseases in his films strip his characters down to their essences."
» Atom Egoyan's Chloe: The Highs and Lows of Sex Cinema (BLFJ 69 – August 2010)
"It is a protean film, and changes radically depending on how way you approach it."
» Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad: John Hillcoat's The Road (BLFJ 67 – February 2010)
"What The Road especially shares with the old-school zombie films is its focus on the space of the house as simultaneously a space of shelter and domesticity and the source of the greatest terror and evil."
» Atom Egoyan's Adoration:: A Return to Form(s)? (BLFJ 65 – August 2009)
"In classic Egoyan style, the humor is always also terrifying. . ."
» A Boy and His Dog: On Will Smith, Apocalypse, and I Am Legend (BLFJ 59 – February 2008)
"Neville remains wholly oblivious, falling into each trap the ferals set ... "
» Across the Great Divide: Canadian Popular Cinema in the 21st Century (BLFJ 56 – May 2007)
Indigenous film, global dreams
» Four Films in Search of an Author: Egoyan Since Exotica (BLFJ 52 – May 2006)
Scattered pleasures and frequent irritations

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