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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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Die Leiden des Jungen Dominik

ANALYSIS: Sala samobójców (Suicide Room - d. Jan Komasa, 2011) - KVĚTA LUJKOVÁ - After first watching Sala samobójców I felt (as well as many young people do) that it was about me or at least about part of our generation – losers having locked up themselves in imaginary worlds, suffering from a spectrum of psychical disorders starting with social phobia and ending with borderline personality disorder. Howev ...

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Peter Ford: Glenn Ford: A Life

BOOK REVIEW: Glenn Ford: A Life (Peter Ford, 2011) - JANA BÉBAROVÁ (translated by ALŽBĚTA RYCHTECKÁ) -   Glenn Ford (born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford, 1916–2006) was a renowned actor of classical Hollywood cinema. During the fifty years of his film career, he played more than a hundred characters in film and on television. Even though he seldom had the opportunity to work with great directors or auteurs of h ...

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