Mysteries of Cinema

Reflections on Film Theory, History and Culture 1982-2016

The major essays of the distinguished and prolific Australian-born film critic Adrian Martin have long been difficult to access, so this anthology, which collects highlights of his work in one volume, will be welcomed throughout film studies. Les mer
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The major essays of the distinguished and prolific Australian-born film critic Adrian Martin have long been difficult to access, so this anthology, which collects highlights of his work in one volume, will be welcomed throughout film studies. Martin offers indepth analysis of many genres of films while providing a broad understanding of the history of cinema and the history of film criticism and culture. These vibrant, highly personal essays, written between 1982 and 2016, balance breadth across cinema theory with almost encyclopedic detail, ranging between aesthetics, cinephilia, film genre, criticism, philosophy, and cultural politics. Mysteries of Cinema circumscribes a special cultural period that began with the dream of critique as a form of poetic writing, and today arrives at collaborative experiments in audiovisual essays. Throughout these essays, Martin pursues a particular vision of what cinema has been, what it is, and what it still could be.

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PART I LETTERS OF INTRODUCTION 1. Retying the Threads 2. The Path and the Passeur 3. That Summer Feeling PART II SCENOGRAPHIES 4. Scenes 5. Wishful Thinking 6. Entities and Energies 7. Entranced PART III A CINEPHILE IN AUSTRALIA 8. No Flowers for the Cinephile: The Fates of Cultural Populism PART IV THE LYRICAL IMPULSE 9. Refractory Characters, Shards of Time and Space 10. The Trouble with Fiction 11. Ball of Fire: The Mysteries 12. The Ever-Tested Limit: Cinematic Apparitions 13. Delirious Enchantment PART V GENRE GAMES 14. Mr Big: Gangsters and Power 15. Unlawful Entries: Anatomy of a Film Cycle 16. Lady, Beware: Paths of the Female Gothic 17. Live to Tell: Teen Movies Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 18. In the Mood for (Something Like) Love 19. Shivers, Surprise and Discomfort: Sadism and Sublimation in Contemporary Cinema PART VI INTERVENTIONS 20. Making a Bad Script Worse: The Curse of the Scriptwriting Manual 21. The Offended Critic: Film Reviewing and Social Commentary 22. Wild Psychoanalysis of a Precarious, Unstable Reality PART VII ENVOI 23. No Direction Home: Creative Criticism 24. Farewells, Full Circles and Ellipses 25. My Back Pages 26. The File We Accompany, with Cristina 0/00lvarez Lopez Notes Sources of Texts Index

Om forfatteren

Adrian Martin is a film and arts critic. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in Film Culture and Theory at Monash University (Australia) and teacher at Elias Querejeta Zine-Eskola (Spain). Author of eight books, his work has appeared in many magazines, journals and newspapers around the world, and has been translated into over twenty languages.