V. F. Perkins On Movies: Collected Shorter Film Criticism: ‘Play It Again’ or The Film World Under Inspection

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Abstract

In-depth review of posthumous publication V.F. Perkins on Movies, edited by Douglas Pye. It’s a path through the British film critic’s thoughts and main objects of desire, enhancing the importance of an almost invisible style, elegant mise-en-scène and a subtle rapport to material reality. The filmic worlds of namely Max Ophüls, Alfred Hitchcock, Nicholas Ray and Frederick Wiseman are looked at with the analytical precision (the “dagger-gaze”) that this film critic’s writing deserves. Bazinian realism, the auteur theory and cinema as a kind of “gestural vocabulary” are also highlighted in this reading of Perkins’s critical art.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-171
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Science and Technology of the Arts
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Auteur theory
  • Classicism
  • Film criticism
  • Film studies
  • Mise-en-scène
  • Modernity
  • Realism

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