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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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Dita Saxová – The Girl Who Grew Up Too Fast

ANALYSIS: Dita Saxová (d. Antonín Moskalyk, 1967) – VERONIKA ZÝKOVÁ – translated by DANIELA VYMĚTALOVÁ – Původní analýza v češtině je zde. / The original analysis in the Czech language can be found here. Introduction Using archived sources, I will outline the circumstances surrounding the making of the film, including information on the changes in casting, the quest for the main protagonist and financial is ...

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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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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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Il Cinema Ritrovato: Film Time Machine

REPORT: Il Cinema Ritrovato 2014 – MILAN HAIN – Translated by Daniela Vymětalová Česká verze textu je dostupná zde / Czech-language version of the text is available here The annual film celebration in Italian Bologna started three days earlier this year. The XXVIII edition of the Il Cinema Ritrovato festival was preceded by a conference that celebrated the centenary of the birth of Chaplin’s Little Tramp. T ...

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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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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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William Luhr: Film Noir

BOOK REVIEW: William Luhr - Film Noir (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) - MILAN HAIN - Česká verze recenze je dostupná zde / Czech version of the review is available here Recently published book by William Luhr is part of Wiley-Blackwell's New Approaches to Film Genre series which strives to provide fresh and insightful overviews of established film genres (so far, there have been individual books on the western, hor ...

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We are all ‚Čermáks‘

DIRECTOR MARTIN FRIČ: The Trap (1950) – JAROSLAV STUCHLÝ – translated by MARIE MEIXNEROVÁ -  In 1950, Martin Frič (1902–1968) made three new additions to his large filmography. Successful  pre-war and protectorate director, creating in many genres, did sell himself to Bolshevik propaganda: May Events is shock-worker comedy starring Jaroslav Marvan, Steel Town is propagandistic nonsense about steelworkers st ...

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