Category Archives: film

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and passionate filmmakers working in France today, Claire Denis has continued to make beautiful and challenging films since the 1988 release of her first feature, Chocolat. Judith Mayne‘s comprehensive study of these … Continue reading

This lively study unpacks the intersecting racial, sexual, and gender politics underlying the representations of racialized bodies, masculinities, and femininities in early 1970s black action films, with particular focus on the representation of black femininity. Stephane Dunn explores the typical, … Continue reading

Excerpted from the new book The Red and the Black: American Film Noir in the 1950s, by Robert Miklitsch D.O.A. begins at night with a tilt-down shot from the top of Los Angeles City Hall to a man, his back … Continue reading

Excerpted from the book Paul Thomas Anderson, by George Toles. The film discussed is There Will Be Blood. Anderson briefly confuses us about which man has been struck down and about whether the accident has proven lethal. We are given an … Continue reading

During winter break, the Los Angeles Review of Books covered our new book on Paul Thomas Anderson by film scholar George Toles, himself a figure of distinction in the moviemaking dream factory. Martin Woessner guides you through a deep delve into Toles’s … Continue reading

In honor of Halloween, we have slunk into the UIP vault of horror to dig up books both Profound and Mysterious to get you in the mood for our most popular pagan holiday. Will any of these titles help you … Continue reading

Excerpted from Rob White‘s book Todd Haynes. The black-and-white poise of the re-created tour in I’m Not There softens the actual color footage of these 1966 performances, shot by Pennebaker for the unreleased film Eat the Document and excerpted in … Continue reading

Courtroom dramas and filmed jury rooms have left an indelible impression on Americans. That impression? The law is so straightforward you can wrap up any case in a maximum of two hours. Unless you’re trying to win an Oscar. Then … Continue reading

Paul Thomas Anderson is George Toles‘s long-awaited dive into the works of one of today’s most beguiling filmmakers. Below we offer a three-point sampler to tantalize fans of Toles’s acclaimed film studies chops and followers of Anderson’s wide-ranging, always astonishing works. … Continue reading

Since his explosive debut with the indie sensation Hard Eight, Paul Thomas Anderson has established himself as one of contemporary cinema’s most exciting artists. His 2002 feature Punch-Drunk Love radically reimagined the romantic comedy. Critics hailed There Will Be Blood … Continue reading