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Art and Text: How something primarily to be looked at turned into something to be especially thought about

EXPERIMENTAL FILM – Review – BOOK: Art and Text (Aimee Selby ed., London: Black Dog Publishing, 2009/2016) – MARIE MEIXNEROVÁ – translated by IVANA FORMANOVÁ In 2009, British publishing house Black Dog Publishing, focused mainly on “beautifully illustrated books which represent a fresh, eclectic move on contemporary culture” as well as on books of Art, Architecture, Design or Environmental issues, (( “About ...

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Art and the Internet: A 25 year-old relationship full of passion

EXPERIMENTAL FILM – review – BOOK: Art and the Internet (Phoeboe Stubbs ed., London: Black Dog Publishing, 2013) – MARIE MEIXNEROVÁ – translated by IVANA FORMANOVÁ – Art and the Internet is a much-needed visual survey of art influenced by, situated on and taking the subject of the internet over the last two and a half decades. (( official PR text )) Art and the Internet Over the past few years, several sign ...

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American History through Hollywood Film

BOOK REVIEW: American History through Hollywood Film. From the Revolution to the 1960s (Melvyn Stokes, Bloomsbury, 2013) – MILAN HAIN – translated by Daniela Vymětalová Česká verze textu je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the text is available here Melvyn Stokes tends to be identified mostly with publications focusing on the issue of film reception. Along with Richard Maltby, he edited five books w ...

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More Shades of Noir

BOOK REVIEW: Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (ed.: Robert Miklitsch, University of Illinois Press, 2014) – JANA BÉBAROVÁ (translated by Daniela Vymětalová) – Českojazyčná verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the review is available here If we were to seek a film phenomenon that doesn’t cease to be popular both with viewers and film researchers, we would undoubtedly find film noir. Whilst th ...

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Dennis Hopper: Interviews

BOOK REVIEW - Dennis Hopper: Interviews (Nick Dawson, 2012) – JANA BÉBAROVÁ (translated by Kristina Landry; edited by Nikol Šustrová) – Českojazyčná verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the review is available here There are few figures in the film industry who had had a toilsome life, yet managed to repeatedly "raise back from the dead" and reset their careers like Dennis Hopper (1936 ...

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Clint Eastwood: Interviews

BOOK REVIEW - Clint Eastwood: Interviews, Revised And Updated (Robert E. Kapsis, Kathie Coblentz, 2013) - JANA BÉBAROVÁ – TRANSLATED BY ELIŠKA ŽIDOVÁ - Edited by Benjamin Schlegel Českojazyčná verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the review is available here Clint Eastwood has been a public figure for over fifty years and has managed to transform himself from a B-movie actor at Universa ...

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America According to Spike Lee

BOOK REVIEW: Spike Lee's America (David Sterritt, 2013) - MILAN HAIN -  Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the review is available here In the filmography of Spike Lee (born 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia) we can find critically acclaimed and commercially successful films (Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, 25th Hour or Inside Man) alongside almost unprecedented flops (Girl 6, She Hate Me ...

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The American Dream Upside Down

BOOK REVIEW: Nightmare Alley. Film Noir and the American Dream (Mark Osteen, 2013) - MILAN HAIN -  Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech version of the review is available here With literally hundreds of books about film noir (and with new additions to the noir bibliography each month) it is extremely difficult to come up with an unexplored topic or a fresh historiographical/analytical approach. In hi ...

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The Films of Victor Mature

BOOK REVIEW: The Films of Victor Mature (James McKay, 2013) – JANA BÉBAROVÁ (translated by ALŽBĚTA RYCHTECKÁ) –  Českojazyčná verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the review is available here “Beautiful hunk of a man” – a nickname which would have been fitting for a number of male idols in Hollywood. Most often, however, it was connected with Victor Mature (1913–1999), a well-built dark ...

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A Companion to Early Cinema

BOOK REVIEW: A Companion to Early Cinema (eds. André Gaudreault, Nicolas Dulac, Santiago Hidalgo, 2012) – MILAN HAIN – Českojazyčná verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the review is available here Early cinema (approximately until 1915) has been the focus of intense historiographic attention since the Brighton congress in 1978. The multitude of research projects, academic surveys and f ...

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