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Studying Early and Silent Cinema – Keith Withall
In his accessible introduction to early and silent cinema, Keith Withall provides both a comprehensive chronology of the period until the birth of sound and also a series of detailed case studies on the key films from the period – some well known (including Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation , Eisenstein’s Strike  and Chaplin’s The Kid ), some perhaps less familiar (including Murnau’s The Last Laugh  and Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates ).
Studying the British Crime Film – Paul Elliott
Ever since its inception, British cinema has been obsessed with crime and the criminal. Yet for a genre that is seemingly so important to the British cinematic character, there is little direct theoretical or historical work written upon it. Studying the British Crime Film makes the assumption that, in order to know how British cinema truly works, it is necessary to pull back the veneer of the costume piece, the historical drama or the rom-com and take a glimpse at what hides beneath.
Splice Volume 7 issue 1 (7.1) – The Tim Burton issue
The focus of Volume 7 issue 1 is on Tim Burton, one of the most popular directors working today. The essays discuss a range of his work, from the Batman […]
Splice Volume 3 issue 3 – summer 2009
Volume 3 issue 3 – summer 2009 Boys Don’t Cry How a ‘fictional’ film tells a ‘real-life’ story, and blurs some boundaries, by Rona Murray Fear and Loathing […]
Posted on June 9, 2014 | No CommentsJames Bell (ed.), Gothic: A BFI Compendium, BFI, ISBN: 978-1-84457-682-1, £15.00, 2013. Barry Forshaw, British Gothic Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN: 978-1-137-30031-7, £16.99, 2013. Various, BFI ‘Gothic’ Film Classics, Palgrave/BFI, each […]