I thought that this in-depth discussion on Film Genre by Rick Poynor & Adrian Shaughnessy would be an excellent resource for Emily, one of my Photography students who is looking at the cinematic in photography this year. I admire both of these writers and I found the discussion stimulating and very useful for anyone wanting to get a grounding in some of the subject areas surrounding film. I LOVE film and I did a short film paper when I was studying for my BA…Lot’s of those ideas came back to me while reading this. Incidentally I am really enjoying the blog that the article is on The Design Observer (Rick Poynor & Adrian Shaughnessy are regular contributers) which I have just discovered.
We Found It at the Movies: Part II
The Velvet Light Trap no. 10, Fall 1973. Designer: John Davis
Take film noir, which I know you like as much as I do. Film noir existed because of a unique set of circumstances — the arrival in Hollywood in the 1930s of German émigré directors with sensibilities rooted in expressionism; the rise of interest in psychoanalysis; and the new-found instinct amongst film makers to invert the conventions of Hollywood. But it wasn’t called film noir (…)