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Themed Dossiers

Issue 10 (2022-3)


The V. F. Perkins Dossier

Andrew Klevan

The Phantom Thread of Victor Perkins
Adrian Martin

The World of Film and World Particles in the Criticism of Victor Perkins
George Toles

Integrating Criticism into the Philosophy of Art: V. F. Perkins, Dead Poets Society, and 'Value Interaction'
Andrew Klevan

V.F. Perkins and Television
James Walters

Why did Film Studies ignore Perkins?
Robert B. Ray

Upstairs, Downstairs: Victor Perkins and Nicholas Ray's Domesticity
Murray Pomerance

Perkins, Gombrich and Criteria
Douglas Pye


Dossier: The Politics of Close Analysis, and its Object

Lucy Fife Donaldson and Lisa Purse

Eileen Rositzka, 1988-2021
Lisa Purse and Lucy Fife Donaldson

The spirits of African cinema: redemptive aesthetics in Mati Diop's Atlantics
Rosalind Galt

Tracing the threads of influence: George Hoyningen-Huene and Les Girls (1957)
Lucy Fife Donaldson (author's statement)

No compromise: Jan Němec's rough diamond
Anne Rutherford

Roundtable - Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism and the past, present, and future of film criticism
Lucy Fife Donaldson, John Gibbs, Lisa Purse, Doug Pye, Girish Shambu

Creative Geography, Creative Connections: Candyman
John Gibbs (author's statement)

Issue 8 (2019)



John Gibbs

Ian Cameron
(24 July 1996)

V. F. Perkins
(22 May 1997)

Charles Barr
(19 June 1997)

Alan Lovell
(13 April 1999)

Issue 7 (2017)


Opening Choices

Edward Gallafent & John Gibbs

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Significantly Ordinary
Nathaniel Deyo

Rio Bravo: Dude Walks into a Saloon 
Pete Falconer

Similar Means to Different Ends: Lola Montés as a Punch in the Gut
Anthony Coman

Intimacy, ‘Truth' and the Gaze: The Double Opening of Zero Dark Thirty
Christa Van Raalte

Under the Skin: Cosmology and Individuation
Catherine Constable

Otto Preminger's Hand in the Initial Moments of Bunny Lake is Missing
Lola Breaux


V. F. Perkins, 1936-2016: A Tribute

A Tribute to V. F. Perkins
Editorial board

Charles Barr

The Cinema of Nicholas Ray
V. F. Perkins

Letter From an Unknown Woman
V. F. Perkins

Issue 6 (2015)


Moments of Texture

Lucy Fife Donaldson

Brokeback Mountain: A Toast
Adam O'Brien

Surfaces, Textures and the Long Take in Death Line
Ian Banks

Reading Space in Cracker
Lucy Fife Donaldson

Passing Time in Frances Ha
James Zborowski


The Best Years of Our Lives: A Dossier

James MacDowell

Among My Souvenirs: Couples, Conventions and the America to Come in The Best Years of Our Lives
Nicolas Pillai

Performance and Style in The Best Years of Our Lives
Sarah Thomas

Black Extras in The Best Years of Our Lives
Steve Neale

Viewing the World in Till the End of Time
Edward Gallafent

Issue 5 (2014)


Jim Hillier, 1941 – 2014: A Tribute

A Tribute to Jim Hillier
Editorial Board

Jim Hillier

Ma Nuit chez Maud
Jim Hillier

Issue 4 (2013)


Opening Shots

Only Yesterday
Charles Barr

The Wonderful Country
Pete Falconer


A Robin Wood Archive (2)

Mashed Marlowe
Robin Wood

Controlling the Situation
Robin Wood

Poet of the Cinema
Robin Wood

Mad Smile of a Hollow Civilisation
Robin Wood

A Matter of Life and Death
Robin Wood

Issue 3 (2012)


The Fritz Lang Dossier, Part 2

Rush to Judgement: Imperfect Justice in Fury (1936)
Stella Bruzzi

You Only Live Once (1937)
V. F. Perkins

Going Straight: The Past and the Future in The Return of Frank James (1940)
Edward Gallafent

The Woman in the Window (1944)
Mark Rappaport

Guess-Work: Scarlet Street (1945)
Adrian Martin

The Big Heat: Acts of Violence (1953)
Peter William Evans

Human Desire (1954)
Deborah Thomas

Lang With Lacan: The Power of the Gaze in Moonfleet (1955)
Peter Benson

Issue 2 (2011)


The Fritz Lang Dossier, Part 1

Notes on Metropolis
Michael Walker

M: Leading the Blind
Douglas Pye & Iris Luppa

Das Testament des Dr Mabuse
Michael Walker


Robin Wood: A Tribute

Psychoanalyse de Psycho / Psychoanalysis of Psycho
Robin Wood

Attitudes in Advise and Consent
Robin Wood

In Memoriam Michael Reeves
Robin Wood

Sense of Dislocation
Robin Wood

Signs and Motifs
Robin Wood

Moments of Release
Robin Wood

Call Me Ishmael
Robin Wood