editorial essays

Guy Maddin: Tales from a Maverick's Diary
Donato Totaro, September 30, 2004
An analytical peek into the twisted world of Guy Maddin.
Transplant, Consumption, Death, Or: Disease, pathology and decay in Guy Maddin’s cinema
Roberto Curti, September 30, 2004
Along with Totaro's essay, this forms an in-depth introduction to the films of Guy Maddin.
The Saddest Music in the World
Daniel Garrett, September 30, 2004
Daniel Garrett reviews Maddin's latest film The Saddest Music in the World within the broader context of recent Canadian cinema and its reception in the United States.
Perception and Spirit in Film: Everything Must Change: Kim Ki-Duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, … and Spring; and Alexander Sokurov’s Father and Son
Daniel Garrett, August 31, 2004
A study of two recent art house films which feature male relationships at their emotional center.
Money, Power, and Sex: Hell is Other People; or, Nostalgia for a World Culture in Wolfhound Centuries: Proteus by John Greyson and Jack Lewis, with references to Jonathan Demme’s Manchurian Candidate and Michael Mann’s Collateral
Daniel Garrett, August 31, 2004
An in-depth analysis of the representation of men and race across several varied recent films..
This Land is Your Land: Dogville. Reason and Redemption, Rage and Retribution
Daniel Garrett, June 30, 2004
An in-depth analysis at the social and ideological parameters offered by Lars von Trier's fascinating piece of Brechtian cinema.
Japanese Story, Dirty Pretty Things, The Last Samurai, Cold Mountain, Master
and Commander, The Dreamers: Self as Individual Consciousness, And Embodiment of Nation
Daniel Garrett, May 31, 2004
I recently traveled to Australia, Japan, England, the Galapagos, and France without
leaving New York—through modern magic, film...
"Notes" on Notes on the Cinematographer
Donato Totaro, April 30, 2004
Bresson's inimitable filmmaking style has its echo in his writing style.
Reflections on the Pickpocket Statistical Analysis
Donato Totaro, April 30, 2004
A demonstration of the critical value of statistical analysis.
Pickpocket: A Statistical Analysis
Anna Romatowska, April 30, 2004
A shot by shot, scene by scene breakdown of Pickpocket.
Robert Bresson as a Precursor to the Nouvelle Vague: A Brief Historical Sketch
Colin Burnett, March 31, 2004
Bresson may have been a cinematic iconoclast, but he remains a pivotal figure to the spirit that gave rise to the New Wave.
Reassessing the Theory of Transcendental Style, Part 2: Le Diable as a Reflection on Film's 'incommunicability'
Colin Burnett, March 31, 2004
Part two of Burnett's critical assessment of the Bressonian theoretical discourse.
Reassessing the Theory of Transcendental Style, Part 1: A Case Study of Le Diable Probablement
Colin Burnett, March 31, 2004
An in-depth, two-part assessment of the critical discourse surrounding one of cinema's hallowed names, Robert Bresson, who died December 18, 1999. Burnett concentrates much of his discussion on the unfortunately polarized views that are continually circulated concerning Bresson's cinematic-philosophical position as 'Transcenendalist" or "Materialist."
Birth of a Nation: Viewed Today
Donato Totaro, February 29, 2004
Nearly 90 years later, Birth of a Nation still has the power to move and stir an audience. Controversial in its day for its Southern-biased racist ideology, Birth of a Nation makes for a text-book case study on how a film's form can dynamize its ideological content.
Passing Through /Torn Formations and the Performative Documentary
Robert Carl Craig, February 29, 2004
Robert Carl Craig's provocative analysis of Canadian filmmaker Phil Hoffman's poetic treatment of autobiography and aesthetics in Passing Through/Torn Formations.
First Run Features and Nazi History
Donato Totaro, February 29, 2004
An in-depth review essay of three First Run Feature DVDs that deal with the Nazi, two documentaries, Architecture of Doom and The Eye of Vichy, and the fictional The Murderers Are Among Us.
Psycho Redux
Donato Totaro, January 31, 2004
Gus Van Sant's re-appropriation of Hitchcock's classic is given another (close) look.
Rip in the Curtain: Gus Van Sant's Psycho
Mark Carpenter, January 31, 2004
With Gus Van Sant currently on the hard road back to relevance - the gnomic, impressive achievement that was Gerry (2002) having been so closely followed by his Cannes triumph with Elephant (2003) - the time may be ripe to revisit one of his most eccentric and reviled (and very nearly forgotten) projects, his 1998 near-shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Barbarian Invasions
Daniel Garrett, January 31, 2004
  In this essay Garrett asks of himself: "What is a minor work of art, and what a major one? How do the perceptions about the social value of characters in film translate into one’s estimation of a film’s importance?" These are questions that occur when Garrett views two films focusing on Native Americans, Randy Redroad’s Haircuts Hurt and Norma Bailey’s Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story, and then sees Denys Arcand’s The Barbarian Invasions.
The 27th World Film Festival: The Cinema of Asia
Peter Rist, December 31, 2003
  Writer Rist concentrates on the Asian offerings at the 27th edition of the WFF.
If One Person is Strong, Must the Other Be Weak?
Daniel Garrett, December 31, 2003
  Writer Daniel Garrett collectively analyzes a group of films released in Autumn 2003 in which we can see a "broadening of male sensibility."
A Festival Defines Itself: The CIFF Slowly Develops a Personality
Andrea Huck, December 31, 2003
A report on the 4th Calgary International Film Festival.
San Sebastian 14: Horror and Fantasy Film Festival
Roberto Curti, December 31, 2003
Our man in Italy visits Spain's horror and fantasy festival extravaganza.
Visual Style in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Fantastic” Trilogy, Part 2: Mise en Scène
Donato Totaro, November 30, 2003
  Donato Totaro looks at Shyamalan's visual style in his extensive two-part analysis of Shyamalan's 'trilogy' (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs).
Visual Style in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Fantastic” Trilogy, Part 1: The Long Take
Donato Totaro, November 30, 2003
  Donato Totaro looks at Shyamalan's
visual style in his extensive two-part analysis of Shyamalan's (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs).
The Sixth Sense: Humanizing Horror
Leah Cheyne, November 30, 2003
  An thematic-based analysis of Shyamalan's narrative structure, with an emphasis on temporality.
Every Day is a New Day: Art, Biography, Criticism, and the Changing Fortunes of Diana Ross
Daniel Garrett, October 31, 2003
  Garrett paints a loving portrait of Diana Ross as an American artist who has been both essential and inspirational for the better part of five decades.
Fantasia Part 2. Suicide is for the Birds: Takashi Miike’s Tales of De-territorializing Flight at Fantasia 2003 and Beyond
Randolph Jordan , October 31, 2003
  Jordan uses part two of his report as an extended mediation on Fantasia (and Jordan) favorite Takashi Miike.
Suicide, Regeneration, and a Tear upon Waking: Fantasia 2003
Randolph Jordan , October 31, 2003
  Randolph Jordan stretches his writer's arms in his two-part Fantasia 2003 report, using part one to reflect on cult cinema spectatorship.
The Work of Cinema in the Age of Digital (Re)production
Najmeh Khalili, October 31, 2003
  Najmeh Khalili returns with a theoretical speculation on new digital media which looks for answers by looking into the cinematic past.
An Analysis of Found Footages Strategies in Su Friedrich's The Ties that Bind. Part Two: Analysis
Léah Hendriks, September 30, 2003
  Part two of Hendriks' close textual analysis of Friedrich's personal odyssey.
An Analysis of Found Footages Strategies in Su Friedrich's The Ties that Bind. Part One: Context
Léah Hendriks, September 30, 2003
  Part one of Hendriks' close textual analysis of Friedrich's personal odyssey.
The Cinematic Legacy of Baron von Munchausen
Patrick Ellis, September 30, 2003
  The cinematic image of Baron von Munchausen examined.
Debauchery! Dreams of a Rarebit Munchausen
Patrick Ellis, September 30, 2003
  Early cinema and the representation of Baron von Munchausen.
Fantasia 2003: The Heights of Low Budget
Donato Totaro, September 30, 2003
  Low budget excels at FanTasia 2003.
A Deleuzian Analysis of Tarkovsky's Theory of Time-Pressure, Part 2: A Textual Analysis of Tarkovsky's Mirror
David George Menard, August 31, 2003
  Part two of Menard's unique 'cine-physics'.
A Deleuzian Analysis of Tarkovsky's Theory of Time-Pressure, Part 1: Tarkovsky's Theory of time-pressure as 'cine-physics'
David George Menard, August 31, 2003
  This essay offers a Deleuzian analysis of the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's montage theory of time-pressure, foregrounded against the historical backdrop of Eisenstein's montage of attractions.
Toward a Synthesis of Cinema -A Theory of the Long Take Moving Camera, Part 2
David George Menard, August 31, 2003
  Part two of Menard's theoretical explication of classical film theory.
Toward a Synthesis of Cinema -A Theory of the Long Take Moving Camera, Part 1
David George Menard, August 31, 2003
This two-part paper uses Orson Welles The Trial (1963) as a model to explicate Brian Henderson's long take theory. Instead of arguing for or against Henderson's critical standpoint, it uses its classification scheme as a basis for a more thorough understanding of the theoretical gap that exists between the two institutional pillars of cinema, the exclusive theories of Sergei Eisenstein and Andre Bazin.
Re-thinking Bazin Through Renoir's The River, Part 2: The French Renoir and The River
Prakash Younger, July 31, 2003
  Part two of Younger's model analysis of the Bazinian discourse.
Re-thinking Bazin Through Renoir's The River, Part 1: Bazin and The River as a Problem in the History of Film Theory
Prakash Younger, July 31, 2003
  Younger presents an involved argumentation and defense of Bazin the critic, theorist, and historian par excellence. Far from the often perceived view of Bazin as an inconsistent or politically 'niave' writer, Younger presents a Bazin relevant and vital for the ages.
Re-reading Bazin's Ontological Argument
Prakash Younger, July 31, 2003
  For most film scholars Bazin was a man of many (incompatible) hats. Bazinian scholar Younger rethinks Bazin the Critic and Bazin the Theorist to argue otherwise.
Introduction to André Bazin, Part 2: Style as a Philosophical Idea
Donato Totaro, July 31, 2003
  The second of a two-part essay on one of cinema's still greatest thinkers and writers.
Introduction to André Bazin, Part 1: Film Style Theory in its Historical Context
Donato Totaro, July 31, 2003
  The first of a two-part essay on one of cinema's still greatest thinkers and writers.
UCLA's 'Heroic Grace: the Chinese Martial Arts Film
Peter Rist, June 30, 2003
  In September 2002, at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was very pleased to meet Cheng-Sim Lim, the Head of Programming at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, who told me she was curating a series of films celebrating the history of Chinese Martial Arts on film!
Circadian Cinema: A Working Model
John Fucile, June 30, 2003
  Author John Fucile's exploration and research in the Circadian Cinema model explored below has inspired two short digital films which he produced, directed, and co-wrote with Simon Fraser entitled Beat the Blue, which to date has been screened at festivals in New York, Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts, Florida and California; and his most recent digital short, the wide-screen motion picture Zero.
Teruo Ishii, the outcast
Roberto Curti, May 31, 2003
  Director Teruo Ishii was a featured director at the 5th Udine Far East Film Festival. Curti analyzes Ishii's ero-guro (erotic-grotesque) cinema.
The Ending(s) of Cinema: Notes on the Recurrent Demise of the Seventh Art, Part 2
Stefan Jovanovic, April 30, 2003
  Is the recent ''end of cinema" discourse new? Jovanovic examines the theoretical and historical legacy of this discourse (part 2).
The Ending(s) of Cinema: Notes on the Recurrent Demise of the Seventh Art, Part 1
Stefan Jovanovic, April 30, 2003
  Is the recent ''end of cinema" discourse new? Jovanovic examines the theoretical and historical legacy of this discourse.
Gender, Agency, Memory, and Identity in Like Water for Chocolate
Leah A. Cheyne, April 30, 2003
  Political analysis of Alfonso Arau's Like Water for Chocolate.
Gerry, or all Roads Lead to the "Thing"
Donato Totaro, March 31, 2003
  Totaro gets the ball rolling on Gerry.
The Echopeople: Reflections on the Concept of Echolocation in Gerry: Part 1
Randolph Jordan, March 31, 2003
The first of a two-parter.
The Echopeople: Reflections on the Concept of Echolocation in Gerry: Part 2
Randolph Jordan, March 31, 2003
Part two on Gerry.
Gerry: Gus Van Sant Back in Form
Peter Rist, March 31, 2003
Rist discusses why he thinks Gerry signals a strong return to form for Van Sant.
Remembering Brakhage
Peter Rist, February 28, 2003
Professor Peter Rist reminisces on "Stan the Man."
The "400" Year Plan
Donato Totaro, February 28, 2003
Anyone who has heard Stan Brakhage lecture will probably be familiar with his now famous artistic credo, his "400 year plan." Offscreen editor Donato Totaro provides a brief glimpse into the mountain of a man that was Stan Brakhage.
Notes from Underground: Coltrane, Brakhage and the American Avant-Garde
Brett Kashmere, February 28, 2003
Stemming from his ongoing graduate work, first-time Offscreen writer Brett Kashmere delves headlong into the fascinating intersection of Brakhage and the cultural expression of the Post-World War II American avant-garde.

Plus a Postscript: By Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak following the Stan Brakhage Benefit Concert featuring Sonic Youth, Anthology Film Archives, NYC April 12, 2003:

Beyond Notes: On Music, Improvisation and Film, and Writing

Brakhage’s Silent Legacy for Sound Cinema
Randolph Jordan, February 28, 2003
Drawing on the wide-ranging theories of Michel Chion (Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen), William C. Wees (Light Moving in Time), Sergei Eisenstein (Nonindifferent Nature), Peter Kivy (Music Alone: Philosophical Reflections on the Purely Musical Experience), and Tom Gunning, Jordan explores how Brakhage's films and theory ask us to 're-learn' the fundamental principles of how we interect with the world around us.
The Gap: Documentary Truth between Reality and Perception
Randolph Jordan, January 31, 2003
The notion of documentary truth might be best understood as that truth which is found in the way that we mentally organize our perceptions. Increasingly the theoretical understanding of documentary film is moving away from the notion of an inherent reality found within a film text and more towards an understanding of how texts are read.
Bahram Baizai, An Unknown Master of Iranian Cinema
Najmeh Khalili Mahani, January 31, 2003
Active before and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, writer-director Bahram Baizai is an important figure of Iranian cinema. Yet he has yet to receive the awards and accolades of his contemporaries, like Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Panahi, and Majidi, at least not in the West.
The “Sight & Sound” of Canons
Donato Totaro, January 31, 2003
Every ten years since 1952 the British journal Sight & Sound has been conducting a survey to find out which films merit inclusion into their Top Ten. As far as canon formation goes, this is one of the biggies. Have things changed much since 1992?
26 (25) years/25 films: Montreal’s World Film Festival, from 1977 till now. Part 1
Peter Rist, January 31, 2003
In a first of a two-part essay, Rist looks back at 25 years of attending the Montreal World Film festival.
FCMM 2002 Dossier
December 2002
Offscreen concludes its coverage of the FCMM with two complementary festival reports and a special spotlight on an important figure of Canadian cinema, cinematographer turned filmmaker Peter Mettler. People who have been exposed to the work of Peter Mettler are aware of how uniquely powerful and emotional his films can be. In the 20 years since he directed his first feature, Mettler has made only seven films, five features ( Scissere 1982, The Top of His Head 1989, Tectonic Plates 1991, Picture of Light 1994, Gambling, Gods and LSD 2002), a short feature (Eastern Avenues 1985), and one short (Balifilm 1997). Yet he remains one of Canada's most visionary and unclassifiable filmmakers. Discover Mettler through an in-depth interview, and a review of his three hour experimental documentary Gambling, Gods and LSD. Peter Rist rounds out the issue with his annual survey of the past cinematic year in Montreal.
The Michael Snow Dossier
November 2002
Offscreen presents an issue that is singularly devoted to the 2002 Festival International Nouveau Cinéma Nouveaux Médias’ (FCMM) showcase on Canadian avant-garde artist extraordinaire Michael Snow. Along with an exclusive, in-depth interview with Michael Snow which focuses on his most recent work Corpus Callosum, plus many of his earlier works, the dossier includes essays on Wavelength, La Region Centrale, Snow and Pedagogy, Snow and his use of sound, and more.
A Touch of Hu: A Fan’s Notes and an Appreciation
Peter Rist, 10-31-02
As an invited guest to Pi-Fan, Professor Rist was asked to share his knowledge of King Hu to interested observers. Offscreen extends the privilege to its readers.
Beyond the Infinite: Part 1
Leah Hendriks, 09-30-02
In the first of a two-part analysis, Leah Hendriks explores the fascinating interconnections that exist above and below the surfaces between maverick director Stanley Kubrick and the experimental film works of Maya Deren, Jordan Belson, Stan Brakhage, and Kenneth Anger. Hendriks concentrates mainly on 2001: A Space Odyssey (in part one) and Eyes Wide Shut (in part two).
Beyond the Infinite: Part Two
Leah Hendriks, 09-30-02
The conclusion of Hendrik's multi-layered study of Kubrick.
The Wild, Wild World of Diabolik & CO: Adults-only comic books on screen in the 1960s
Roberto Curti, 09-30-02
Splashy, wild, sexy, and stylish describes the world of the Italian fumetti ('black' adult comic books). But what happens to the fumetti when translated to the screen? A distant cousin to the giallo ('yellow' serial thrillers), the fumetti neri have been mainstays of Italian pop culture since their inception in the early 1960's. Curti traces their lineage from comic strip to movie screen.
Choreography: the unknown and ignored
Mélanie Morrissette, 08-31-02
Often overlooked in action cinema, the art of choreography gets its due. Includes an interview with Hong Kong choreographer Loon Sheng.
The Gangster as Hero in Hong Kong Cinema
Michael Vesia, 08-31-02
Vesia offers a culturally based analysis of the Gangster film, Hong Kong style.
Reflexivity in Spectatorship: The Didactic Nature of Early Silent Films
Isabelle Morissette, 07-31-02
It is usually thought that reflexivity in art comes with maturation and development. Hardly, as Morissette demonstrates with her in-depth analysis of reflexivity in early cinema.
Thinking About Cinema With Cinema
Donato Totaro, 07-31-02
Totaro explores how certain styles of filmmaking (montage vs. long take style) may be used to activate different cognitive states ('intellect' versus 'emotion').
Islands of Order, Part 1
Randolph Jordan, 06-30-02
Randolph uses Clive Barker's The Forbidden to explore how the Faustian myth of immortality persists in contemporary attempts at reproduction and regeneration through the intersections of art and science, art and nature, and music and film.
Islands of Order, Part 2
Randolph Jordan, 06-30-02

Part two of Randolph's exploration into 'sonic' immortality.

Deleuzian Film Analysis: The Skin of the Film
Donato Totaro, 06-30-02
Can cinema reproduce the full sensorial spectrum, and if so, what would this cinema look like?
Alberto Cavallone
Roberto Curti, 03-31-02
Offscreen welcomes Italian freelance writer Roberto Curti as he analyzes the work of lesser known Italian cineaste Cavallone.
Memories of Cinefest
Donato Totaro, 02-28-02
With the sudden passing away of its founder Phil Serling, Offscreen looks back fondly at the unique film festival known as Cinefest.
The Final Girl: A Few Thoughts on Feminism and Horror
Donato Totaro, 01-31-02
Should feminist scholarship be looking beyond American horror for a more varied representation of female desire and sexuality?
The Art of Seeing Rescues the Existence of Things: Notes on the Wenders Road Films and Henri Bergson's Creative Evolution (Part 2)
Robert Craig, 01-31-02
The Road Movie meets pure movement in the form of Henri Bergson. Part 2.
The Art of Seeing Rescues the Existence of Things: Notes on the Wenders Road Films and Henri Bergson's Creative Evolution (Part 1)
Robert Craig, 01-31-02
The Road Movie meets pure movement in the form of Henri Bergson. Part 1.
FCMM 2001: Sounding Off, Part 2
Randolph Jordan, 12-31-01
Part two of Randolph Jordan's coverage of Montreal's FCMM Festival International Nouveau Cinéma et Nouveaux Médias.
FCMM 2001: Sounding Off, Part 1
Randolph Jordan, 12-31-01
Randolph Jordan relies equally on his 'eyes' and 'ears' as he concentrates on the often overlooked juxtaposition of sound and image, a dialectic that is becoming an increasingly important part of Montreal's FCMM Festival International Nouveau Cinéma et Nouveaux Médias.
Fractal Images of Memory in Mother and Son, Part 2
David Neo, 11-30-01
Part two of David Neo's subtle analysis of Fractal memory images in Sokoruv's Mother and Son.
Fractal Images of Memory in Mother and Son, Part 1
David Neo, 11-30-01
Gilles Deleuze Meets the Mandelbrot set in this theoretical exploration of the memory images in Sokoruv's modern day Kammerspiel classic Mother and Son.
Fantasia 2001 Report: Post 9/11
Randolph Jordan, 09-30-01
Randolph Jordan summarizes Fantasia 2001 in light of the tragic event of 9/11, an event which may perhaps change how reality-based violence is treated in films and other forms of entertainment.
Fantasia 2001 Report: Take 2
Donato Totaro, 09-30-01
Fantasia, in its 6th year, continues to grow and mature as an important and eclectic film festival.
Your Mother Ate My Dog! Peter Jackson and Gore-Comedy
Donato Totaro, 09-01-01
Offscreen presents for the first time in its orginal English language, this revised version of an essay that appeared in a French translation in Séquence magazine in 1995. Read on to see how Peter Jackson revolutionized horror (or comedy?) with his startling early feature films.
Fantasia 2001: Mid-Festival Report
Randolph Jordan, 07-26-01
Offscreen welcomes Randolph Jordan with his first of a two-part festival report on Fantasia 2001.
Iran 2000: Part 2
Peter Rist, 07-11-01
Part two of Peter Rist's critical assessment of Iranian films that played at the most recent of the major Montreal film festivals.
Fantasia 2000: Looking Back
Donato Totaro, 07-11-01
An in-depth festival report on the fifth installment of the Fantasia Film Festival (2000).
Iran 2000
Peter Rist, 04-01-01
The first of a two-part critical assessment of recent Iranian cinema seen through the eyes of Montreal film critic and film professor Peter Rist.
Exquisite Ex-timcay: Jacques Lacan vis-a-vis Contemporary Horror
Stefan Gullatz, 03-31-01
Using the theories of Lacan, Freud, and Zizek, Gullatz explores the depth of psychic horror across a selection of classic and contemporary horror films.
Family Viewing and the Spatialization of Time
Donato Totaro, 03-31-01
A look at Atom Egoyan's Family Viewing as both a springboard and touchstone for an inquiry into the nature of time and how shifting perceptions and attitudes toward it have effected society and the individual.
Time, Bergson, and the Cinematographical Mechanism
Donato Totaro, 01-11-01
Why is French philosopher Henri Bergson relevant for today's film theory?
Hong Kong Meets Hollywood
Donato Totaro, 07-21-00
What happens when Hollywood begins to copy Hong Kong, and Hong Kong begins to copy Hollywood?
Iranian Cinema: Before the Revolution
Shahin Parhami, - 12-01-00
An in-depth historical analysis of pre-Revolution Iranian cinema.
To Scare or Not to Scare
Donato Totaro, - 13-01-00
Historically, Halloween has its origins with the ancient Druids, who believed that on the eve of "All Saints' Day," the lord of the dead, Saman, would summon a host of evil spirits. In modern days the only evil spirits called on during Halloween (excluding all those little tyrants running around in costumes!) are those emanating from movie screens.
Three Films by Eisenstein
Christina Stojanova, - 12-05-99
Sergei Eisenstein has always been the pride of the Soviet cinema, but it was not until after perestroika, and especially after the collapse of Communism, that Russian theoreticians began to freely explore the national-psychological roots, cultural
Donato Totaro , - 03-05-99
Affliction is a powerful account of domestic male violence and a man trapped within its vicious circle. Nick Nolte is the trapped man Wade Whitehouse, the town's part-time sheriff and all-around handyman, and son to Glen Whitehouse (sublimely played
Donato Totaro , - 03-05-99
Sopyanje is a stirring Korean style road movie that weaves emotive Korean folk music (Pansori) and pastoral landscapes with a powerful plea for Korean identity.
No one to be Missed
Cynthia Wu, - 28-04-99
Getting an interviewing with Zhang Yimou is difficult. Even in my hometown Beijing, I felt he was harder to reach than he was in Montreal last winter.
Gilles Deleuze's Bergsonian Film Project
Donato Totaro , - 31-03-99

Both Gilles Deleuze and Henri Bergson were, to extremely varying degrees, philosophers interested in cinema who used cinema to suit their particular intellectual needs. In the case of Bergson, he cultivated his ideas during a zeitgeist that includ

Gilles Deleuze's Bergsonian Film Project
Donato Totaro , - 31-03-99

In his second book Deleuze tackles temporality in a more direct fashion. Although the book is considerably longer than the first (344 to 250 pages), Deleuze does not propose rigid or neat classifications. The central shift remains from a cinema th

DEAR WORLD: The Kids Are NOT All right
Jamie Gaetz, - 11-02-99
In its 27th version, the International Festival of New Films / New Media in Montreal took a leap forward by returning to its roots. In shifting focus from the carnival-like elements that have predominated since the festival's move to a summer venue a
Une oeuvre qui nous regarde
Nicolas Renaud, - 11-12-98
Stan Brakhage, cinéaste américain, a réalisé depuis les années 50 plus de 250 films, et ce, toujours en marge de toute production industrielle. Une oeuvre rigoureuse aux dimendsions mythique, qu'il s'impose de découvrir ou de revisiter.
Daniel Lynds, - 05-11-98
As part of his method he becomes one of the combatants or performers, knowing that each scene will present a different battle. If each new video is born from this type of process then Cumming is not only the field commander but a soldier as well.
10 Reasons to see Confession
Jamie Gaetz, - 26-10-98
10 Reasons to see Confession
Fant-Asia 1998: The Year of the Torture, Part 1
Donato Totaro , - 15-10-98
Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival returns for its third successful year, presenting challenging Asian and International films. Read here for in-depth converage of Montreal's most popular (populist?) film fest.
Fant-Asia 1998: The Year of the Torture, Part 2
Donato Totaro , - 19-10-98
The extreme levels of violence found in Hong Kong and Japanese films confounds many Western viewers because Western culture, unlike most Eastern cultures, tends to moralize violence. Read on for a cultural contextualisation of violence Asian style.
An Introduction to Korean Cinema
Peter Rist, - 16-10-98
For the second year in a row, Le Festival des Films du Monde is putting the spotlight on a country in which the cinema is at the heart and soul of its nation's culture. Susan Sontag recently pronounced that cinema is dead because cinephilia is dead.
May 1968 and After: Cinema in France and Beyond
Donato Totaro , - 22-05-98
May 1998 marks the 30th anniversary of the student riots and subsequent strikes that took hold of France from mid-May to June 5, 1968. The disturbances and events that led to the uprising are well chronicled.
S'entêter à faire réfléchir
Steve Rioux, Nicolas Renaud, Joel Pomerleau, - 17-03-98
Le 27 février dernier, nous rencontions le cinéaste-vidéaste Robert Morin. L'occasion de discuter de son dernier film, Quiconque meurt, meurt à douleurs , de l'ensemble de son oeuvre et de bien d'autres choses, histoire de voir la dure r
History and Time as a Fork in the Square
Donato Totaro , - 14-03-98
Bernardo Bertolucci's The Spider's Stratagem is a wonderfully audacious treatment of the paradoxes of history, truth, and temporality. It is an art film that arrives at the same conclusion as John Ford's reflexive western, The Man Who Shot Liberty V
A Bergsonian Personal Journey into History
Donato Totaro , - 14-03-98
The following essay will demonstrate how The Puppetmaster is one of the purest Bergsonian films ever made.
The Contemporary Dopplegänger
Donato Totaro , - 13-02-98
"The film image is an alienated reflection -an imitation of life perilously similar to the original."
50 (non-Palme d'Or) winning films
Peter Rist, - 13-02-98
"I have selected fifty films that are my choices for the best films to have competed at Cannes."
Halloween Horror Movie Lists
Donato Totaro , - 25-10-97
French translation of Horror Film Movie list, originally written as part of a Halloween special.
(October 4, 12:00pm - 12:00am)
Donato Totaro , - 25-10-97
For the uninitiated (which included me) Eurofest is a one-day smorgasbord of European horror and sleaze that has included over its four-year life-span zombie mayhem, giallo madness and action-adventure.
Kenji Mizoguchi: The Master
Donato Totaro , - 18-09-97
In 1996 James Quandt, programmer for the Cinematheque Ontario in collaboration with the Audio-Visual Division of the Japan Foundation,Tokyo organized the film series, "Mizoguchi The Master." The series included stops along New York, Edmonton, Van
Korean Cinema in Montreal
Peter Rist, - 18-09-97
The first Korean film I saw was Im Kwon-Taek’s Adada (1987) at Montreal’s World Film Festival in August, 1988. Until David Overby programmed the magnificent retrospective of East Asian films at Toronto’s Festival of Festivals the previous Septe
Two Films by Shin Sang-Ok
Donato Totaro , - 18-09-97
Having seen only three of the 60 plus films directed by Sang-Ok it may be premature to start tossing out superlatives, but his films seen at the recent Cinematheque Canada’s (CCA) "Three Korean Master Filmmakers" series represent one of the major
Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Retrospective
Donato Totaro , - 18-09-97
From what I’ve seen so far Mohsen is at least the equal of Abbas Kiarostami, and in terms of eclecticism, commands a much more varied cinematic style. It’s also apparent that the spirit of neo-realism and Zavattini’s ideals about making social
Andre Caron, - 03-09-97
Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, the film celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year and remains as powerful and disturbing as ever, particularly in regard to the ambiguous ending in which psychopath taxi driver Travis
Fant-Asia Report 1
Donato Totaro , - 07-22-97
The square block from Bleury to Saint-Alexandre is so abuzz with Fant-Asia energy it should be christened "Chanville." It surely felt that way when about 200 perturbed fans were turned away from a sold out screening of Jackie Chan's Drunken Master 2...
Fant-Asia Report 2: A Wrap Up
Donato Totaro , - 08-13-97
The whirlwind that was Fant-Asia has come and gone, leaving in its wake some 70,000 spectators and a trail of cinematic blood and bullet-ridden body parts. The corner of St.Catherine and Bleury will never be the same, not until next year at
A Gun For Jennifer: Interview
Donato Totaro , - 11-08-97
A Gun for Jennifer is a ballsy, energetic feminist revisionist take on the traditionally male revenge action film. After a successful festival run, it has seen comparisons to such female revenge films as Ms. 45 and Thelma and Louise, though
Richard Stanley Interview
Donato Totaro , - 11-08-97
The inimitable Richard Stanley's films thus far include the cyper-punk cult science-fiction film Hardware (1990), the poetic experimental documentary on the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, Voices of the Moon (1991) and the oneiric horror film Dust Devil.
The Film is the life, Mr. Renfield
Stacey Abbott, - 10-07-97
Within, stood a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache, and clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere. He held in his hand an antique silver lamp, in which the flame burned without chi
Donato Totaro , - 10-07-97
With a healthy majority of Fant-Asia's International section devoted to Italian horror I thought it would be appropriate to get things rolling with some thoughts on Italian style horror.
Donato Totaro , - 10-07-97
During the Hollywood Studio period (roughly 1920 to 1950), the demarcation line between the majors and the independents was quite clear. The majors, the "Big Five" (Warners, MGM, RKO, Paramount, Fox) and "Little Three" (Columbia, Universal, Unite
21st Hong Kong International Film Festival
Peter Rist, - 10-07-97
After wishing to visit the city since childhood, I finally got the opportunity in 1997 to attend what is probably the best of the Asian film festivals and perhaps the finest non-competitive film festival anywhere in the world, the Hong Kong Intern
Fantasia ’97: the Hong Kong programme
Peter Rist, - 10-07-97
Fantasia ’97 promises to be as spectacular as last year’s edition, Montreal’s first festival of commercial (Fantasy and Action) Asian cinema, Fantasia, which was arguably the city’s most popular film festival of all time.