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Raoul Walsh. The True Adventures of Hollywood’s Legendary Director

BOOK REVIEW: Raoul Walsh. The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director (Marilyn Ann Moss, 2011) - JANA BÉBAROVÁ (translated by JIŘÍ SLAVÍK) - Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech version of the review is available here In light of film history, Raoul Walsh (1887-1980) is one of the most formative hollywood director and this significant position is undeniable. Although he was crucial in shapi ...

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Sparty and brothers of his

SERIES – REC: Spartacus: Vengeance – JANA JEDLIČKOVÁ – (translated by DANIELA VYMĚTALOVÁ) - „Spoiler Alert!“ The American cable channel STARZ has now been trying for several years to rival other American cable channels with AMC, Showtime and HBO at the top of the list. It had been broadcasting only film productions until 2005 and so there is no wonder that it has been beaten by its rivals in ratings especia ...

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Tough as Nails. The Life and Films of Richard Brooks

BOOK REVIEW: Tough as Nails. The Life and Films of Richard Brooks (Douglass K. Daniel, 2011) – JANA BÉBAROVÁ (translated by ELIŠKA ŽIDOVÁ) - Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech version of the review is available here Like Samuel Fuller, to whom we dedicated the whole thematic issue in September, the American screenwriter and director Richard Brooks would celebrate his hundredth birthday this year as ...

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Samuel Fuller: Interviews

BOOK REVIEW: Samuel Fuller: Interviews (Gerald Peary, ed., 2012) – JANA BÉBAROVÁ (translated by ALŽBĚTA RYCHTECKÁ) - Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech version of the review is available here There are filmmakers with whom to do an interview seems to require superhuman effort. They do not like talking about themselves or commenting on their films; they answer the questions you have prepared with a ...

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Robert J. Lentz: Gloria Grahame, Bad Girl of Film Noir

BOOK REVIEW: Gloria Grahame, Bad Girl of Film Noir: The Complete Career (Robert J. Lentz, 2011) - JANA BÉBAROVÁ (translated by ALŽBĚTA RYCHTECKÁ) -  Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech version of the review is available here A review of a brand new monograph on Barbara Stanwyck, which rather than being a biography is a manual to her acting career, has recently been published here on 25fps. In a book ...

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Alistair Fox: Jane Campion. Authorship & Personal Cinema

BOOK REVIEW: Jane Campion. Authorship & Personal Cinema (Fox, Alistair. 2011) - JANA BÉBAROVÁ  (translated by ALŽBĚTA RYCHTECKÁ) - Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the review is available here Jane Campion is one of the most respected directors of today. She gained international recognition with The Piano (1993), which, apart from winning Golden Palm, was awarded three Osc ...

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Brian Taves: Thomas Ince – Hollywood’s Independent Pioneer

BOOK REVIEW: Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer (Brian Taves, 2012) - MILAN HAIN -  Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the review is available here Even though the name of Thomas H. Ince (1880-1924) appears in every reliable survey of film history, our notions about his contributions to cinema are largely vague and distorted. And to make things even worse, more often t ...

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The Blue Marker Reflexion

REFLEXION: 3 short movies from Matej Smetana (It’s only a movie) - ŠTĚPÁNKA IŠTVÁNKOVÁ - translated by Monika Kubešová „To avoid fainting repeat: It’s only a movie! If it doesn’t help either, only rotoscopy can save you!” Three trailers and one marker redrawing iconic 70s and 80s B horrors into simpler and more stylised form are actually blue and white story of Wes Craven, Chuck Russel and Sam Raimi meeting ...

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David Parkinson: 100 Ideas That Changed Film

BOOK REVIEW: 100 Ideas That Changed Film (David Parkinson, 2012) - MILAN HAIN - Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the review is available here British publishing outfit Laurence King Publishing has recently started a very successful series entitled 100 Ideas That Changed... Following publications on architecture and fashion (both published in September 2011), Laurence King rele ...

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Ethan De Seife: Tashlinesque

BOOK REVIEW: Tashlinesque - The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin (Ethan De Seife, 2012) - MILAN HAIN - Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech version of the review is available here If I were asked to compile a list of the most underappreciated Hollywood directors of all time, Frank Tashlin would figure prominently on such a list. Born in New Jersey, Tashlin made a long and rich career in entertainm ...

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