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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
Gordon A. Thomas
Gordon A. Thomas
Jamaica Plain, MA, USA
gathomas@mit.edu
Gordon Thomas, trained as a painter, is a photographer living in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with his wife. Film has fascinated and worried him ever since, as a small child, he saw Godzilla in 1954.
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs (BLFJ 82 – November 2013)
Foolish Wives (von Stroheim), Here, Then (Mao Mao), Red River (Hawks), The Big Parade (Vidor) — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs (BLFJ 81 – August 2013)
Tabu, a Story of the South Seas (Murnau); French Masterworks: Russian Émigrés in Paris, 1923-1928The Burning Crucible(Ivan Mosjoukine), Kean (Alexandre Volkoff), The Late Mathias Pascal(L'Herbier), Gribiche (Feyder), The New Gentlemen (Feyder) — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» What Becomes a Legend Most: Fritz Lang Adapts the Nibelungenlied (BLFJ 81 – August 2013)
"If head and heart are united, harmony can exist even in the midst of strife. Let them come into opposition, however, and chaos enters from which there is no escape and no conclusion possible except a tragic one."
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs (BLFJ 80 – May 2013)
City of Women (Fellini), Tess (Polanski), Tsar to Lenin (Axelbank and Eastman),The Promised Land (Wajda), Nanook of the North (Flaherty) and The Wedding of Palo (Dalsheim and Rasmussen) — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs (BLFJ 79 – February 2013)
The Blue Angel; The Rolling Stones: Charley Is My Darling; Fritz Lang: The Early Works: Harakiri, The Wandering Shadow, and Four Around the Woman; Hello I Must Be Going — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Col. William N. Selig: The Man Who Invented Hollywood (BLFJ 78 – November 2012)
by Andrew A. Erish
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 78 – November 2012)
Das Weib des Pharao, Confidence, The Navigator, Casa de Lava — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 77 – August 2012)
The Woodmans, The Seduction of Mimi, Love and Anarchy, All Screwed Up, Mother Joan of the Angels, We Need to Talk About Kevin — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 76 – May 2012)
Four Polish Cinema Classics: Innocent Sorcerers (1960), Goodbye, See You Tomorrow (1960), Eroica (1958), Night Train (1959); plus A Trip to the Moon and The Spiders — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» "Nun-Lust, Torture-Porn, Church-Desecration and Bad Taste": Reconnecting with Ken Russell's The Devils (BLFJ 76 – May 2012)
"Sex mingles easily with religion, and their blending has one of those slightly repulsive and yet exquisite and poignant flavors, which startle the palate like a revelation – of what? That, precisely, is the question."
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 75 – February 2012)
Birth of a Nation, Way Down East, Medea, Bellflower, Touch of Evil — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 73 – August 2011)
Laila, Alice, People on Sunday, Buster Keaton: The Short Films Collection, 1920-1923, Szindbád, Coeur Fidéle — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 72 – May 2011)
A Blonde in Love, The Lighthouse, The Clowns, Senso, Our Hospitality, William S. Burroughs: The Man Within — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 71 – February 2011)
The Black Pirate, Night of the Hunter, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Howl, The Elia Kazan Collection — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Metropolis, the Reconstructed Original Cut: Does It Make Sense? Does It Need To? (BLFJ 71 – February 2011)
"The resurrection of Fritz Lang's original cut has revealed how well this film functions with its associative network of image layered onto an adventure/SF thriller, but the reasons for its mysterious pull coalesce into an x-factor that resists analysis."
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 70 – November 2010)
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, Adelheid, The War Lord, The Exploding Girl, The Law, L'Enfance Nue, Chaplin at Keystone — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Memos from a Chinese Laundry: Reading Josef von Sternberg (BLFJ 70 – November 2010)
"I would very much like to attract others into my world, but my world is not the world of crowds, though the crowds have often lined up before my world."
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 69 – August 2010)
Institute Benjamenta, There's Always Tomorrow, Valley of the Bees, Everlasting Moments, Chicago, The Unpolished — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 68 – May 2010)
Lola Montès, City Girl, The Constance Talmadge Collection (Her Night of Romance, Her Sister from Paris), The Norma Talmadge Collection (Kiki, Within the Law), Black Snow, Permissive, The Italian Straw Hat — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» The Power of Pulp: Madness, Mayhem, and Relevance from Dr. Mabuse to Miss Mend (BLFJ 67 – February 2010)
"The shadow of Mabuse falls over the 1926 Soviet adventure serial Miss Mend, too, but without the angst and gloom of Lang's Der Spieler."
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 67 – February 2010)
Blood, Monsoon Wedding, The Exiles, The General, Sunrise, 8-1/2, Death in the Garden — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 66 – November 2009)
Play Time, Gaumont Treasures, Diary for My Children, Winstanley, Marlene, Bill Douglas Trilogy — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 65 – August 2009)
Bardelys the Magnificent, Monte Cristo, Cleopatra, In the Realm of the Senses, Au Bonheur des Dames, Daisies, The Saragossa Manuscript — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: (BLFJ 64 – May 2009)
Hobson's Choice, Murnau, Divorce Iranian Style/Runaway, Poil de Carotte, Celia — An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Books: Douglas Fairbanks, (BLFJ 64 – May 2009)
by Jeffrey Vance
» Griffith's Great American Pastoral: Location and Meaning in Way Down East (BLFJ 63 – February 2009)
"The air is saturated with their feelings for each other as they listen to 'the distant music of the falls,' the same falls, of course, that will threaten to kill her."
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: The General, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Douglas Fairbanks: A Modern Musketeer, Fighters/Real Money, Lady with the Dog (BLFJ 63 – February 2009)
An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: The Italian, Traffic in Souls, Privilege, Wings, The Ascent, Tropical Malady, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, J'Accuse (BLFJ 62 – November 2008)
An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: La Roue, The Last Emperor, Lost in Beijing, Popeye the Sailor, Satantango, Vampyr (BLFJ 61 – August 2008)
An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: Berlin Alexanderplatz, Harry Langdon: Lost and Found, Postwar Kurosawa, I Am Cuba, The Dragon Painter, The Wrath of the Gods, Georges Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema (BLFJ 60 – May 2008)
An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Dream Documents of Civil War: Three Films by Miklós Jancsó (BLFJ 60 – May 2008)
"Jancsó's controlled aesthetic acts as a dissonance that vibrates expressively with scenes of violence, torture, and shame."
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: Our Hitler, Sawdust and Tinsel, Black Sun, Marketa Lazarova, Battleship Potemkin, Nosferatu, Automatons (BLFJ 59 – February 2008)
An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Peter Watkins and the Politics of Expression: On Edvard Munch (1974) and The Freethinker (1994) (BLFJ 59 – February 2008)
"Watkins' filmmaking bravely seeks an insistence on personal truth — his own and the viewer's."
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: The Valentino Collection (The Young Rajah, Moran of the Lady Letty, Stolen Moments, Society Sensation), True Heart Susie, She, The Call of Cthulhu, El Bruto (BLFJ 58 – November 2007)
An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Will the Shark Bite? G. W. Pabst and The Threepenny Opera (BLFJ 58 – November 2007)
"Macheath: I'm not asking you to put on an opera." — Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera, Act 1, scene 2
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: Romeo, Juliet and Darkness; The Party and the Guests; Woman Is the Future of Man; Sansho the Bailiff; Old Joy; The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg; 20 Fingers; Electric Edwardians (BLFJ 57 – August 2007)
An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» Of Sexual Hate and Lonely Death: The Mysteries of Pandora's Box (BLFJ 56 – May 2007)
"When what you write about is what you see/What do you write about when it's dark?"
— Charles Wright
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: Mouchette, 1900, Siberiade, Oyster Princess, I Don't Want to Be a Man, King Lear, Another Sky (BLFJ 56 – May 2007)
An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» An Immovable Feast? Another Look at Henry King's The Sun Also Rises (BLFJ 55 – February 2007)
"It's sort of what we have instead of God"
» Bright Sights: Recent DVDs: Night Train, Edi, The Red and the White, Edgar G. Ulmer Archive, Hunger, Beyond the Rocks (BLFJ 55 – February 2007)
An ongoing column that looks at some of the most intriguing of recent, under-the-radar releases
» The Sweet Smell of Asphalt: Discovering Joe May's 1929 Masterwork (BLFJ 54 – November 2006)
"Amann's sexuality in Asphalt has little in common with the chilled porcelain passivity of stars like Dietrich and Garbo . . ."
» In Love with Liv Who Loves Life: Surviving Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf (BLFJ 53 – August 2006)
"If the demons leave, maybe the angels will too"
» Getting It Right the Second Time: Adapting Ben-Hur for the Screen (BLFJ 52 – May 2006)
Bigger is better this time — though Wyler and Rozsa helped
» A Tale of Two Kings: DeMille's Silent Classic on DVD, in Both Versions (BLFJ 51 – February 2006)
Faith meets flamboyance in DeMille's Jesus epic, beautifully restored
» Beautiful Dead Girl: The Olive Thomas Collection on DVD (BLFJ 50 – November 2005)
"She's got the eyes of a great one, putting over something incalculable . . ."

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