Browse Critical Assessments - 37 results

8 1/2 [Otto e mezzo]
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written by D. A. Miller, fl. 2008, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2008), 122 page(s)
Federico Fellini's masterpiece 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) shocked audiences around the world when it was released in 1963 by its sheer auteurist gall. The hero, a film director named Guido Anselmi, seemed to be Fellini's mirror image, and the story to reflect the making of 8 1/2 itself. Whether attacked for self-indulge...
written by D. A. Miller, fl. 2008, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2008), 122 page(s)
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2001: A Space Odyssey
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written by Peter Kramer, 1961-, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2010, originally published 2010), 117 page(s)
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is widely regarded as one of the best films ever made. It has been celebrated for its beauty and mystery, its realistic depiction of space travel and dazzling display of visual effects, the breathtaking scope of its story, which reaches across millions of years, and t...
written by Peter Kramer, 1961-, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2010, originally published 2010), 117 page(s)
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Back to the Future
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written by Andrew Shail, fl. 2010 and Robin Stoate, fl. 2010, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2010, originally published 2010), 118 page(s)
Back to the Future was the top-grossing film of 1985 and the eighth highest grossing film of the 1980s. It was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Original Screenplay in 1986, and won the 1986 People's Choice Award for Favourite Motion Picture. Co-written and directed by Spielberg protege Robert Zem...
written by Andrew Shail, fl. 2010 and Robin Stoate, fl. 2010, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2010, originally published 2010), 118 page(s)
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Best Years of Our Lives
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written by Sarah Kozloff, fl. 1988-2015, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2011, originally published 2011), 111 page(s)
William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) tells the story of three veterans returning from World War II and adjusting to civilian life in a manner unusual for classical Hollywood cinema, with melodrama leavened by authentic detail, personal memories and a fierce desire to capture its historical moment. Sa...
written by Sarah Kozloff, fl. 1988-2015, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2011, originally published 2011), 111 page(s)
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Blade Runner (2nd Edition)
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written by Scott Bukatman, fl. 1980-2016, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2012, originally published 1997), 111 page(s)
Ridley Scott's dystopian classic Blade Runner, an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, combines noir with science fiction to create a groundbreaking cyberpunk vision of urban life in the twenty-first century. With replicants on the run, the rain-drenched Los Angeles which Bla...
written by Scott Bukatman, fl. 1980-2016, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2012, originally published 1997), 111 page(s)
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Bringing Up Baby
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written by Peter Swaab, fl. 1990-2013, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2010), 128 page(s)
Bringing Up Baby, directed by Howard Hawks in 1938, is one of the greatest screwball comedies and a treasure from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Cary Grant plays a naive and repressed palaeosaurologist who becomes entangled with (and ensnared by) a wilful heiress (Katharine Hepburn). Chaos ensues as romance blossoms...
written by Peter Swaab, fl. 1990-2013, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2010), 128 page(s)
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Caché (Hidden)
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written by Catherine Wheatley, fl. 2012-2015, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2012, originally published 2012), 97 page(s)
Ever since its world premiere at the Cannes film festival in May 2005, audiences have been talking about Michael Haneke's Caché. The film's enigmatic and multi-layered narrative leaves its viewers with many more questions than answers. The plot revolves around the mystery of who is sending a series of sinister v...
written by Catherine Wheatley, fl. 2012-2015, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2012, originally published 2012), 97 page(s)
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Cat People
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written by Kim Newman, 1959-, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2013, originally published 2013), 97 page(s)
Released in 1943, Cat People was the first production from the unit set up by RKO to make low-cost, high-return horror movies. Producer Val Lewton was handed the title and ordered to come up with a film to fit. He and director Jacques Tourneur created an innovative picture about a Serbian emigree in New York (Simo...
written by Kim Newman, 1959-, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2013, originally published 2013), 97 page(s)
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Citizen Kane (2nd Edition)
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written by Laura Mulvey, 1941-, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2012, originally published 1992), 103 page(s)
Citizen Kane's reputation as one of the greatest films of all time is matched only by the accumulation of critical commentary that surrounds it. What more can there be to say about a masterpiece so universally acknowledged? Laura Mulvey, in a fresh and original reading, illuminates the richness of the film, both t...
written by Laura Mulvey, 1941-, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2012, originally published 1992), 103 page(s)
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Cléo de 5 à 7
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written by Steven Ungar, fl. 2008, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2008, originally published 2008), 120 page(s)
Cleo de 5 a 7, Agnes Varda's classic 1962 work depicts, in near real-time, ninety minutes in the life of Cleo, a young woman in Paris awaiting the results of medical tests that she fears will confirm a fatal condition. The film, whose visual beauty matches its evocation of early Fifth Republic Paris, was a major p...
written by Steven Ungar, fl. 2008, in Film Classics (London, England: British Film Institute, 2008, originally published 2008), 120 page(s)
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