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  • From the Magazine

    Pre-Code: Hollywood before the censors

    In a brief window between 1930 and 1934, Hollywood studios were able to portray America with previously unseen realism. Mike Mashon explores the campaign for moral oversight, while James Bell examines filmmakers’ depiction of taboo subjects from adultery and poverty to crime.

    Mike Mashon, James Bell
    Wednesday 30 April 2014

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    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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    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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