Casablanca is "not one movie," Umberto Eco once quipped, "it is 'movies'". Released in 1942, the film won 4 Oscars, including Best Picture and featured unforgettable performances by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. This book offers a rich account of the film's origins, the myths and realities behind its production.
A loner, Travis Bickle, takes up driving a taxi in search of an escape from his sleeplessness and his disgust with the corruption he finds around him. His pent-up rage, fuelled by his doomed relationship with a political campaign worker, leads to an inevitable descent into psychosis and violence.
In this detailed analysis of "Psycho", the author explores all the elements that make up this film. In addition he develops various lines of argument about spectatorship, Hollywood narrative codes, psychoanalysis and editing and shot-composition, amongst other themes.
Drawing on new research in the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London, Kramer's study explores the production, marketing and reception as well as the themes and style of A Clockwork Orange against the backdrop of Kubrick's previous work and of wider developments in cinema, culture and society from the 1950s to the early 1970s.
A critical study of Gasper Noe's Irreversible (2002) in the context of cinema du corps, which seeks to scrutinise the controversies that surround the film and analyse its deliberately incoherent, confrontational style.
"Sunrise" was a lavish production, famous for its specially constructed sets and one of Hollywood's most ambitious undertakings. Fischer's book is a model of film analysis, locating "Sunrise" in a range of historical, aesthetic and philosophical contexts. In the BFI FILM CLASSICS series.
A study that sets the film "The Big Lebowski" into the context of 1990s Hollywood cinema, anatomized for its witty relationship with the classics it satirizes, and discusses in terms of its key theme: the hopeless flailing of ridiculously unmanly men in the world of discombobulated, mixed-up, or put-on identities that is Los Angeles.
This is a study of the film "Shadows", directed by John Cassavetes. The film tells the story of three beatnik siblings living together. The film deals with racial issues but the director wished it to be a human film concerned to rescue the "small feelings" of life.
British Films of the 1970s offers highly detailed and insightful critical analysis of a range of individual films of the period. This analysis draws upon an innovative range of critical methodologies which place the film texts within a rich variety of historical contexts.
This work suggests that Humphrey Jennings' re-enacted documentary about the London Blitz, "Fires Were Started", is an understated propaganda masterpiece. It provides an account of how Jennings recaptured the reality of the Blitz for his cumbersome camera through a process of meticulous research.
Financed by HandMade Films, 'Withnail and I' was Bruce Robinson's first outing as writer-director. The script draws heavily on Robinson's own experiences in the 1960s. Kevin Jackson recounts that experience in addition to giving a full account of the film's production.
Explores Batman's twenty-first century incarnations. This title features analysis of "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" that offers an account of the complex relationship between popular films, audiences, and producers in our age of media convergence.
Chronicles a struggling young folk singer, played by Oscar Isaacs, who arrives in Manhattan in 1961 and tries to navigate the treacherous waters of the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene, as well as having to deal with a disaffected girlfriend, his father's dementia, the suicide of his musical partner, and the loss of his friend's cat...
An instant cult classic, Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was both a critical and commercial success. Andrew M. Butler delves into the film's central themes and production processes, including the intertwined careers of Gondry and Kaufman, the film's various genres, its psychoanalytic aspects, and its debt to Philip K. Dick.
The Matrix films, along with the video games, anime and toys inspired by them, are rich with philosophical, religious and social references that cry out for interpretation. This work examines these ideas in the context of the history of thought and cinema.
A medieval allegory of faith and doubt, "The Seventh Seal" contains the horrors of witch-burnings and plague, yet also features flashes of peace and joy. Each volume in the "BFI Film Classics" series contains a personal commentary on the film, a brief production history and a detailed filmography.
A short lived series created by Joss Whedon, Firefly nonetheless developed such a loyal following that Whedon was compelled to write and direct a big screen sequel in 2005. The show continues to generate a life of its own in books and comic books. This collection of twelve essays focuses on a number of themes including colonialism, race, gender, and politics.
In "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949), Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) schemes and murders his way to a dukedom. This title looks into the turbulent personalities that formed the complex style of this film to unravel the fusion of cynicism, contempt, sparkling wit and philosophical curiosity.
In Shooting 007, beloved cameraman and director of photography Alec Mills, a veteran of seven James Bond movies, tells the inside story of his twenty years of filming cinema's most famous secret agent.
Genetic engineering is changing humans, animals, and plants, raising new questions about the morality of such interventions. Planet of the Apes is the most resonant of all scientific apocalypse myths. This book looks at all the deeper issues involved in the Planet of the Apes stories.
Two Dennis Potter television screenplays. In "Karaoke", a dying writer more than half-imagines that something he has written has escaped into the world outside. "Cold Lazarus" is set 400 years in the future, where a cryogenically preserved head is being commercially exploited.
Recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Physically and psychologically depleted by his encounter with The Joker, in The Dark Knight Rises, Batman must marshal all his forces to meet the threat to Gotham City posed by the masked villain Bane.
A collection of 20 iconic film posters by one of the greatest American designers of the 20th century, that is suitable for graphic designers and film fans. Each poster is removable and designed to fit the standard frame size 12 x 16 inches.
When the head of Hudsucker Industries jumps to his death, the Board of Directors devises a devilish scheme to keep control of the company - appoint as the new President someone who they can push around. Their choice is Norville Barnes - but Norville has a dream of power.
"Bond, James Bond." Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962, the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 24 EON-produced films, played by 6 different actors over five decades.
John Ford's masterpiece "The Searchers" (1956) was rated fifth greatest film of all time in "Sight and Sound's" poll of critics. Its influence on many of America's most distinguished contemporary filmmakers - among them Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, and John Milius - is enormous. This book provides a commentary on various aspects of the film.
Gluttony, greed, sloth, lust, pride, envy, wrath. A serial killer on a warped moral mission who turns his victims' "sins" into the means of their murder. The movie "Seven" is analysed here covering topics such as sin, story, structure, seriality, sound, sight and salvation.
This intimate book draws extensively on research in the archives of Francois Truffaut's company, Les Films du Carrosse, and on interviews with many of "La Nuit americaine"'s cast and crew. They bear witness to Truffaut's passion for film.
Blade Runner has proved to be one of the most enduring and influential films of the 1980s. This new edition of Bukatman's study of Blade Runner is published in the BFI Film Classics 20th anniversary series of special editions, with a new foreword by the author and a stunning new jacket design by Paul Pope.