Bresson, Schrader and the Fool
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Bresson, Schrader and the Fool

By Jackson Diianni Robert Bresson is often described as the “patron saint” of the cinema, or “the most Christian director.” For the past 60 years, the dominant reading of his films in academic circles has been a religious one. The words “transcendental,” “spiritual,” “Jansenist,” “Christian” and “metaphysical” are interchangeably applied to his films, particularly those … Continue reading

John Cassavetes and Direct Action Cinema: How Movies Can Be About Us
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John Cassavetes and Direct Action Cinema: How Movies Can Be About Us

by Nighttrain Schickele“Motion pictures cannot be made to please solely the producer’s image of the public. For, as has been proved, this pleasure results neither in economic or artistic success. … Only by allowing the artist full and free creative expression will the art and the business of motion pictures survive.” -John Cassavetes (What’s Wrong … Continue reading

Selma, Compton and a Place Called Hollywood: Implications of the Oscars Controversy
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Selma, Compton and a Place Called Hollywood: Implications of the Oscars Controversy

by Byron BixlerFor the second straight year, we find ourselves having a conversation about race and the Academy Awards. Accusations of unchecked racism are flooding social media once more, but this time, the “hashtag uproar” is translating to boycotts and the Academy’s Board of Governors has already announced dramatic changes to increase the diversity of … Continue reading