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Crossing the Wild River: R.I.P. Robin Wood (1931-2009)

Last updated on January 23, 2010

‘If I were asked to choose a film that would justify the existence of Hollywood, I think it would be Rio Bravo.’ Robin Wood

Film Studies For Free briefly emerges from an enforced absence due to illness (back properly soon, it hopes), to mark the sad passing, on December 18, of Robin Wood, one of the true giants of the difficult endeavour of film criticism and also of the discipline of film studies.

FSFF‘s own special-favourite Wood works are the talk on ‘Responsibilities of a Gay Film Critic’, his books on Hitchcock (especially the Vertigo chapter), the book he co-authored with Michael Walker on Claude Chabrol’s films, his incredibly enlightening study of Hawk’s Rio Bravo and the other BFI book on The Wings of a Dove. Each of these was paradigm-shifting in their own ways, as was much of Wood’s other writing on cinema.

As online tributes to this major film writer appear in the next days they will be added to the list of online and freely accessible works by or about Wood given below.

May this hugely prolific, influential, and talented writer, film-thinker, and teacher rest in peace.

Posthumous online tributes to Robin Wood:

Online works by or about Robin Wood:

        Reverse Shot Symposium on Claire Denis

        Home recovering from the flu (yes, that flu), Film Studies For Free wanted to let its readers know of some great new essays published by Reverse Shot, the quarterly, independently published film journal, on the work of French director Claire Denis (a firm-favourite filmmaker of this blog and its author). Links to the written essays and interview are below. But there’s also a beautifully put-together video essay on Denis’s film L’Intrus (2004) by Kevin B. Lee that FSFF also highly recommends.

        >35 Shots of Claire Denis (and more)

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        Film Studies For Free‘s author is excitedly preparing to give a talk at the event ‘Drifting: The Films of Claire Denis‘. This is the first of an annual series of symposia on ‘Modern Directors’ to be held at the University of Sussex on May 2nd (programme here), and is organised by Rosalind Galt and Michael Lawrence.

        Below are more than sixty links to freely-accessible, mostly scholarly (or otherwise top-notch) material about Denis‘s work that FSFF‘s author has found helpful for this and previous work on this filmmaker (HERE‘s a link to the text of her paper on Denis‘s 2002 film Vendredi soir). The lists will be added to (all suggestions welcome), so please bookmark this post (last updated June 1, 2009).

        Audio and/or Visual Resources Online:

        In English/or with subtitles:

        In French:

        Scholarly Articles and Chapters:

        Relevant (and Informative) Book Reviews:

        Excellent Items of Film Criticism:

        Enlightening Interviews in English:

        Unmissable Articles, Criticism, and Interviews in French:

        Relevant Google Books Links (limited previews):

        Open Access campaigning note:
        (Film Studies For Free‘s hobby horse…)
        There are, of course, many further, excellent Denis resources available ‘for free’ if one is a student or member of faculty at an educational institution with a well-supplied library or with relevant online subscriptions. But the above list indicates, if nothing else, that truly openly accessible, high-quality, and, indeed, essential
        resources for researchers in and outside the academy are plentiful nowadays, especially on contemporary topics.

        A big thanks, then, to the authors, artists, editors and publishers of the above works who helped to ensure that their writings, recordings, or videos about Claire Denis’s films were freely available to any reader or viewer on the internet.

        35 Shots of Claire Denis (and more)

        Film Studies For Free‘s author is excitedly preparing to give a talk at the event ‘Drifting: The Films of Claire Denis‘. This is the first of an annual series of symposia on ‘Modern Directors’ to be held at the University of Sussex on May 2nd (programme here), and is organised by Rosalind Galt and Michael Lawrence.

        Below are more than sixty links to freely-accessible, mostly scholarly (or otherwise top-notch) material about Denis‘s work that FSFF‘s author has found helpful for this and previous work on this filmmaker (HERE‘s a link to the text of her paper on Denis‘s 2002 film Vendredi soir). The lists will be added to (all suggestions welcome), so please bookmark this post (last updated June 1, 2009).

        Audio and/or Visual Resources Online:

        In English/or with subtitles:

        In French:

        Scholarly Articles and Chapters:

        Relevant (and Informative) Book Reviews:

        Excellent Items of Film Criticism:

        Enlightening Interviews in English:

        Unmissable Articles, Criticism, and Interviews in French:

        Relevant Google Books Links (limited previews):

        Open Access campaigning note:
        (Film Studies For Free‘s hobby horse…)
        There are, of course, many further, excellent Denis resources available ‘for free’ if one is a student or member of faculty at an educational institution with a well-supplied library or with relevant online subscriptions. But the above list indicates, if nothing else, that truly openly accessible, high-quality, and, indeed, essential
        resources for researchers in and outside the academy are plentiful nowadays, especially on contemporary topics.

        A big thanks, then, to the authors, artists, editors and publishers of the above works who helped to ensure that their writings, recordings, or videos about Claire Denis’s films were freely available to any reader or viewer on the internet.

        >Agnès Varda on gleaning, plus other free public open video lectures from the European Graduate School

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        Agnès Varda, French director, photographer and filmmaker discussing filmmaking and her film Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse/The Gleaners and I, 2000, at the European Graduate School, in 2004 (video 1 of 6). See also ‘Beautiful Trash: Agnès Varda’s Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse‘ by Virginia Bonner at Senses of Cinema

        As ‘gleaning‘ is this blog‘s favourite activity, Film Studies For Free was happy to explore the European Graduate School (EGS) video channel at YouTube. The channel offers access to videos and video clips of great lectures, sessions, and interviews with well-known guest professors, including many filmmakers and film/media academics at the EGS Media and Communication Studies Department, Saas-Fee in Switzerland. You can access another list of older, shorter guest-lecturer, videos/clips (streamed using RealPlayer) at the EGS website, too. See below for the film and media studies highlights (in FSFF‘s opinion) of both EGS video-lists:

        See also the following, shorter, film/media studies-related videos from 1999-2001, archived at the European Graduate School website . Just click on the lecture titles to open RealPlayer files:

        Agnès Varda on gleaning, plus other free public open video lectures from the European Graduate School

        Agnès Varda, French director, photographer and filmmaker discussing filmmaking and her film Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse/The Gleaners and I, 2000, at the European Graduate School, in 2004 (video 1 of 6). See also ‘Beautiful Trash: Agnès Varda’s Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse‘ by Virginia Bonner at Senses of Cinema

        As ‘gleaning‘ is this blog‘s favourite activity, Film Studies For Free was happy to explore the European Graduate School (EGS) video channel at YouTube. The channel offers access to videos and video clips of great lectures, sessions, and interviews with well-known guest professors, including many filmmakers and film/media academics at the EGS Media and Communication Studies Department, Saas-Fee in Switzerland. You can access another list of older, shorter guest-lecturer, videos/clips (streamed using RealPlayer) at the EGS website, too. See below for the film and media studies highlights (in FSFF‘s opinion) of both EGS video-lists:

        See also the following, shorter, film/media studies-related videos from 1999-2001, archived at the European Graduate School website . Just click on the lecture titles to open RealPlayer files: