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  • From the Magazine

    The essay film

    Andrew Tracy explores the characteristics that have come to define this most elastic of forms, while eight more contributors highlight a dozen influential milestone essay films, from Jean Vigo to Chris Marker.

    Andrew Tracy, Ginette Vincendeau, Catherine McGahan, Chris Darke, Geoff Andrew, Olaf Möller, Sergio Wolf, Nina Power, Nick Bradshaw
    Saturday 3 August 2013

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  • Video essay: The essay film – some thoughts of discontent

    In a world bedazzled by intractable images, do we need the essay film now more than ever? Kevin B. Lee weighs up this distinctively self-aware, searching form of cinema through both video and text.

    Kevin B. Lee
    Tuesday 16 July 2013

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  • Video essay: What is neorealism?

    kogonada pits the director of The Bicycle Thieves against the producer of Gone with the Wind on the same movie material.

    :: kogonada
    Friday 17 May 2013

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  • From the Magazine

    The roots of neorealism

    For all its revolutionary impact, Italian neorealism did not represent a complete break with the past. Pasquale Iannone is your guide to 12 key milestones in the development of a new cinematic language.

    Pasquale Iannone
    Thursday 2 May 2013

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