You read them? Do you like them? Have you got any rec?
I'm reading Deleuze's Cinema 1: The Movement Image and Pasolini's Heretical Empiricism, which is only partly about cinema but hey, PPP's good anyway.
Deleuze's book is beautifully written and constructed, but I don't think I can give an opinion on his subject matter yet - at the very least is fascinating and unlike any other idea of cinema, at best it may be a grimoire for a true cinema of life. Can't really comment on Heretical Empiricism as I've picked it up today, but PPP's writing is unnervigly alive and jittery, which is always a plus in a non-fiction book.
Also read a monography on Tsukamoto's movies earlier this year and found it intriguing - anyone has recs on other monographs? Would be interested in reading about a specific director, maybe watching his movies meanwhile. Anything good on Herzog?
I'm reading a few books about Welles and Tarkovsky and Cocteau, who are favorite directors right now.
Reading this and another one, I feel really strongly about Tarkovsky again, even though I despised him about a month or more ago.
I am in an intro to film class right now and we're reading this and it's a pretty fun read. A big focus on historical context and avant guard cinema.
If you're into that, I may also suggest the History of Film: An Odyssey series on television; also interesting and well presented.
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In my reading so far it's talked about, as example not in depth necessarily, styles deployed by the avant guard and how those styles came to be. Collage: The Atomic Cafe, recontextualizing: Piece Touche and Brock Hudson's Home Movies.
It's not just about the avant guard, but that is part of the broader theme of the book which is historical context and the evolution of cinema as commodity and cinema as art.
I found a book at the library called Borges in/and/on Film that is pretty interesting if you're a fan of Borges and film. It's a mixture of commentary on his connections to film and essays/reviews he wrote of specific films. He was surprisingly spot on in his thoughts on Citizen Kane
I read plenty on cinema because it's partially a hobby and partially what I study.
Tarkovsky's Sculpting in Time is insightful into his own work. Been meaning to pick up some of Herzog's and Bergman's books too.
Would strongly recommend Kurosawa's Something like an Autobiography, although it's more than just an insight into his early filmography but also his childhood and early influences on his work.
It's one of the few essays I've skipped when I read that book, mainly because I hadn't watched much Lynch at the time - now maybe I could pick it up again. Thanks for reminding me!
I was hoping for something less hystoriographical as I'm not really into that, but it looks nice eough that if I see it on the cheap I'll pick it up.
You read Brakhage's Writings? Been meaning to pick those up, even if I'm not really into the guy myself outside of The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes.
Not him but you just need to write lynch david foster on google and it's the first result, can't post the link here because the system thinks it's spam and fuck me I can't be bothered to do anything about it
>"Tarantino has made as much of a career out of ripping off Lynch as he has out of converting French New Wave film into commercially palatable U.S. paste-q.v. section"
Fair enough, let's leave it at being one cruel whim of the elder beings who emanted 4chan in the dawn on time.
Really? How come? I personally find his more abstract stuff like Dog Star Man or Mothlight harder to look at in general, cause I don't really find it engrossing or groundbreaking - but I mean, I did watch The Act of Seeing with a friend when we were seventeen so maybe I was edgy enough for it not to be anything but fun.
The Act Of Seeing just got to me simply because it's autopsy footage. I'm a somewhat squeamish fellow sometimes and that film didn't sit right with me. Not to say it's a bad film but I think I'd be more interested in what Stan Brakhage had to say about it rather than re-watching it again.
>converting French New Wave film into commercially palatable U.S. paste
That's a completely retarded criticism. The entire point of the New Wave is that they saw value in "commercially palatable U.S. paste". They took from Ford, Hitchcock, Hawks, etc. and added a bit of technical experimentation on top of it.
Fair enough. I think much the same, honestly. I would like to see what he has to say for himself, his movies and the techniques he employs - even though watching his stuff is usually tedious.
Herzog recently published an updated volume of interviews - "A Guide For The Perplexed". There's a lot of his personal philosophy, hilarious stories, and info about most of his movies. It's great.