As the maker of the nine-and-a-half hour film Shoah (1985), Claude Lanzmann created a work of major and enduring historical importance. Through its electrifyingly tense interviews with victims and perpetrators, it opens an indispensable, if harrowing, dimension to our understanding of Hitler’s Final Solution. A work that unrelentingly has as its subject dea ...
Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel Cosmopolis could be described as a rarefied CBD road movie, and the same might be said of David Cronenberg’s new film adaptation, an unnervingly faithful, uncomfortable, and elusive version of the book.
Cronenberg, a consistently absorbing and provocative director, is still probably best kn ...
Choosing to set a screen adaptation of Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) in contemporary India might seem like an almost perverse shift, or an over-determining decision. But for British film-maker Michael Winterbottom, there is consistency and history of a sort. It is his third Thomas Hardy adaptation, and his fourth feature shot on the subcontinent. In re ...
A sanitised version of a great contrarian
The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
edited by Sanford Schwartz
The Library of America, US$40 hb, 852 pp, 9781598531091
Pauline Kael did not shy away from big statements. She ...
Wolf Creek (Australian Screen Classics)
by Sonya Hartnett
Currency Press, $16.95 pb, 64 pp, 9780868199122
Wolf Creek, released in 2005, was always smarter than your average slasher. Anchored by a brillian ...
Out of the dark
I Found It at the Movies: Reflections of a Cinephile
by Philip French
Carcanet Press (Australian Book Group), $35.95 pb, 292 pp, 9781847771292
Whenever I have found myself in disagreement with Philip French’s film ...
Conversations with Clint: Paul Nelson’s Lost Interviews with Clint Eastwood 1979–1983
edited by Kevin Avery
Continuum Books (Palgrave Macmillan), $29.95 pb, 256 pp, 9781441165862
It is easy, too easy, to feel familia ...
One morning in 2004, an Aboriginal man named Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for swearing at a police officer; forty-five minutes later he lay dead on the floor of his cell. Something had gone badly wrong, though the white senior sergeant on duty, the towering Chris Hurley, denied he was in any way at fault....
One man in his time
John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star
by Jonathan Croall
Methuen Drama, $75 hb, 688 pp, 9781408131060
As the dust settles on twentieth-century acting giants, and reputations are appraised, it is at least argua ...
When man created film
The Faber Book of French Cinema
by Charles Drazin
Faber, $45 pb, 663 pp, 9780571218493
Charles Drazin tells us that his interest in French cinema began as a student at Oxford in the early 1980s, when he attended s ...