The Village Voice Film Guide: 50 Years of Movies from by Dennis Lim, Village Voice

By Dennis Lim, Village Voice

For many years the Village Voice set the benchmark for passionate, serious, and designated movie insurance. together with reports by way of a few of America’s most useful critics, The Village Voice movie consultant compiles lively landmark reports of the Voice’s collection of the one hundred fifty maximum motion pictures ever made. accumulating the very best writing on movie ever wear paper, it is a ideal booklet for movie buffs.

For the final 50 years, the Village Voice has set the benchmark for passionate, serious, and particular movie insurance for a savvy and complex viewers. a few of America's most useful movie critics and tradition writers have championed video clips within the pages of the Voice that have been frequently pushed aside or neglected through the mainstream media. Now, the Voice has chosen a hundred and fifty of the best motion pictures that its influential critics have celebrated—and it has compiled their landmark stories during this specific book??.

Contributors reminiscent of J. Hoberman, Andrew Sarris, Jonas Mekas, Georgia Brown, Michael Atkinson, Amy Taubin, Tom Allen, and Oliver Stone will pride and impress movie buffs with their sharp insights and unique issues of view. Featured filmmakers comprise stated masters equivalent to Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Jean-Luc Godard, and David Cronenberg in addition to the main intriguing new names in international cinema from China, Belgium, and Thailand. that includes shrewdpermanent and compelling stories for movies from the surrealist shocker L'Age d'Or (1930) to the voyeuristic vintage Rear Window (1954) to the attention-grabbing drama The satan, most likely (1977) to the erotic mystery Mulholland force (2001), this authoritative reference is your top advisor to a couple of an important and adventurous videos ever made.

The Village Voice used to be based through Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in 1955. From its starting, the Voice has pioneered the high-spirited advocacy journalism that has develop into the hallmark of the choice press. As America's first and biggest substitute newsweekly, the Voice has maintained a practice of uncompromising reporting and feedback for the previous 5 many years.

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Nonetheless, much discussion of the power of film seeks to explain its power in terms of something unique to the cinema. Perhaps films have a powerful hold over us because they are realistic in a way that other art forms are not. A painting is artificial no matter how realistic a representation it offers, because it is still; it represents a frozen moment, but we don’t experience the world as a succession of frozen moments. It is not possible for a painting not to be artificial in this way. A film, however, depicts a world in what seems like a fundamentally more realistic mode.

Can philosophy change, or has philosophy changed, the nature of film? Can philosophy do film? What are the strongest objections to the claim that it can? The bold thesis claims that a film’s contribution to philosophy, if genuine, must be irreplaceable by or irreducible to any other forms of communication. What is the significance and plausibility of the thesis? ” Are such films suitable for philosophical inquiry? If so, how; if not, why not? “Emotions influence belief, as do desires. This is a fact that cinema often exploits, and one that largely accounts for its ability to engage an audience.

The paradox of fiction can be formulated as follows. 1 2 Emotion requires belief in the reality of its object. When watching a film or reading a book we are aware that the characters do not really exist (except as fictions) and the situations are not really occurring. Philosophy and Film Spectatorship 35 3 Nevertheless, we feel emotion, often strong emotion, when reading a book or watching a movie. Murray Smith (1995a: 56) says: The problem, as Radford (1975; 1977) sees it, “is that people can be moved by fictional suffering given their brute behaviour in other contexts where belief in the reality of the suffering described or witnessed is necessary for the response” (Radford 1975: 72).

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