Academic journal article CineAction

This Issue Is Centred on the Idea of Sexuality

Academic journal article CineAction

This Issue Is Centred on the Idea of Sexuality

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This issue is centred on the idea of sexuality, which is so intrinsic to the cinema. We received a diverse range of responses, covering both contemporary and classical cinema, mainstream and avant-garde.

In addition, it contains 2006 Toronto International Film Festival reviews, many of deserving films that will sadly never find distribution. The issue also features a recent tribute to Robin Wood which took place in May 2006 at York University, Toronto. We wish to add our congratulations to Robin and publicly thank him for his immense contributions to film criticism.

Robin, Andrew Britton and the two of us shared ideas and inspired each other to pursue serious critical writing at the time when it was not particularly fashionable with the academic world. We thank Robin for this, and his friendship and support.

Celebrating Rossellini 2006 marked the centenary of Roberto Rossellini and we wish to acknowledge his extraordinary contribution to the cinema. The recent extensive retrospective of Rossellini's work at Cinematheque Toronto offered an opportunity to more fully appreciate the diversity of his work and the range of its accomplishments. Rossellini's identification with neo-realism overwhelms his reputation as an innovative filmmaker and creative artist. As an auteur, Rossellini was consistent in his humanism; he was committed to reinventing the world after WW II, reaffirming the necessity of a spirituality within the natural world and an emotional generosity to all aspects of human life.

Rossellini's cinema is at base one of ideas and intelligence. …

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