Film Criticism

Academic film journal publishes articles on different disciplines, cultures and critical perspectives.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, Fall

Adding a New Dimension: The 61st International Film Festival Berlin
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In its latest installment the Berlin Film Festival went 3D, sending a clear signal that the new technology has arrived in full force on the festival circuit and is no longer confined to what Berlinale-goers usually dismiss...
Editor's Note
With this issue Film Criticism begins its thirty-sixth year of continuous publication. In several ways, the journal has remained essentially the same: independently produced by a relatively small circle of scholars; limited to cinema studies and not...
Technically Human: Kubrick's Monolith and Heidegger's Propriative Event
Except for a single, very powerful radio emission aimed at Jupiter, the four million-year-old black monolith has remained completely inert, its origin and purpose still a total mystery. --Dr. Floyd's voice, in a pre-recorded announcement, after...
The Emblematic Texture of Antonioni's Blow-Up
The first slide shows in Western culture were mounted in the great cathedrals of the north--transparencies that, slotted into stone frameworks, rendered words into images for the illiterate spectators below. Not for nothing, therefore, were stained...
The Lion's Gaze: Truth and Legend in I Wish I Knew
Urgent Memory How to maintain identity when yesterday and today have lost all connection to one another? Having grown up in the aftermath of Mao Tse Tung, when the Cultural Revolution gave way to Open Door Liberalization, Jia Zhangke has never ceased...
Time, History, and Memory in Jia Zhangke's 24 City
Henry Lefebvre once said that "[i]t is now space more than time that hides things from us.... [T]he demystification of spatiality and its veiled instrumentality of power is the key to making practical, political, and theoretical sense of the contemporary...