Synopses & Reviews
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, formula-driven Hollywood blockbusters and bottom-line accounting seem to dominate the film world. In times like these can "the love of cinema" still flourish? This book shows that contemporary cinema from Tawian and Iran to Brazil and the Baltic states is, in fact, stunningly varied and rich.
As Jonathan Rosenbaum and Adrian Martin show in this wide-ranging look at World Cinema, directors like Abbas Kiarostami, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Tsai Ming-liang are now making extraordinary films equal to the great classics, previously unrecognized works from the past are being discovered, and new boundaries for the genre are being explored. Those who follow and share such work, as contributors from around the world demonstrate in these pages, are forming new communities that enable significant exchange between cultures at a time when other forces seem bent on keeping them isolated. Movie Mutations pronounces the art form alive, well, and continuing to developing in new and exciting directions.
Series of dialogues and meditations on the state of contemporary world cinema.
In contrast to any talk of "the death of the cinema", this title pronounces the art form alive and well, and still developing in new and unforeseen directions. Using transnational discussions and debates, it shows why the idea of cinephilia is just as relevant today as it ever was.
About the Author
Jonathan Rosenbaum is film critic for the Chicago Reader and author of Movie Wars
(2002) and Dead Man
(BFI Modern Classics, 2000), among many other books.
Adrian Martin is film critic for The Age (Melbourne) and author of a study of Terrence Malick forthcoming from BFI Publishing.
Table of Contents
By Jonathan Rosenbaum and Adrian Martin
Movie Mutations: Letters from (and to) Some Children of 1960
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Adrian Martin, Kent Jones, Alexander Howarth,
Nicole Brenez and Raymond Bellour (1997)
Open Spaces in Iran: A Conversation with Abbas Kiarostami
Jonathan Rosenbaum (with Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa) (1998-2001)
Here and There: The Films of Tsai Ming-liang
Kent Jones (1998-2002)
Sampling in Rotterdam
Jonathan Rosenbaum (1998)
I. Discovering Yasuzo Masumura: Reflections on Work in Progress
Jonathan Rosenbaum (1999-2001)
II. Dialogue on Howard Hawks and Yasuzo Masumura
Shigehiko Hasumi and Jonathan Rosenbaum (1999)
III. Inversion/Exchange/Repetition: The Comedy of Howard Hawks
Shigehiko Hasumi (2000)
Shigehiko Hasumi and Jonathan Rosenbaum (2002)
Musical Mutations: Before, Beyond and Against Hollywood
Adrian Martin (2000-2002)
Squaring The Circle
Jonathan Rosenbaum (2000)
The Future of Academic Film Study
Adrian Martin and James Naremore (2001-2002)
On Four Prosaic Formulas Which Might Summarise Hou's Poetics
Fergus Daly (2001-2002)
Movies Go Multinational
Natasa Durovicová and Jonathan Rosenbaum (2001-2002)
Circumatlantic Media Migrations
Catherine Benamou and Lucia Saks (2002)
Movie Mutations: Second Round
Quintín, Mark Peranson, Nicole Brenez, Adrian Martin and Jonathan