New CINEPHILE 8.2 on Contemporary Extremism


New FILM-PHILOSOPHY on Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis (Herzog, Solondz, Cronenberg, Streitfeld, Eisenstein, Antonioni, Tarkovsky, Zhang Yimou, Forgács)

Frame grab from Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979). Read Adrian Ivakhiv’s essay on this film in the latest issue of Film Philosophy

And the brilliant, online, film journal issues just keep on coming…

Film Studies For Free is delighted to bring you news of the latest offering from one of the highest quality e-journals of them all – Film-Philosophy.
FP, Vol 15, No 1 (2011) is a special issue on Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis, edited by David Sorfa. FSFF particularly liked Adrian Ivakhiv’s ‘ecocritical’ essay which explores Tarkovsky’s Stalker, along with Jacqueline Loeb’s fine ‘Foucauldian’ study of sound in Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern. But there are other excellent contributions, too. 

Readers should also note that it is now possible to donate to the journal. Film-Philosophy is an independent Open Access academic journal operating without recurring financial support. Donations of any amount to the journal are gratefully received and provide a means for the editors to continue to provide a journal of the highest quality to its readers. Just click on the “Donations” link on the FP website.

For those of you who are interested in phenomenological film studies, do take a look, if you haven’t already, at FSFF‘s previous gathering of links to online and openly accessible work on this topic.

Table of Contents 



  • ‘Brecht Today: Interview with Alexander Kluge’ PDF by Angelos Koutsourakis

Film Festival Reports

  • Venice Film Festival 2010: The Mad and the Bad and the Dangerous to Know PDF by John Bleasdale
  • Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2011 PDF Alison Elizabeth Frank

Book Reviews

  • Mark T. Conard, ed. (2009) The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers PDF by Taylor Benjamin Worley
  • Frederick Wasser (2010) Steven Spielberg’s America PDF  by Steven Rybin
  • Claire Molloy (2010) Memento; Geoff King (2010) Lost in Translation; Gary Needham (2010) Brokeback Mountain. American Indies Series PDF by John Bleasdale 
  • Sidney Gottlieb and Richard Allen, eds. (2009) The Hitchcock Annual Anthology: Selected Essays from Volumes 10-15 PDF by Tifenn Brisset 
  • Richard Abel, ed. (2010) Encyclopedia of Early Cinema PDF by Carrie Giunta 
  • Jim Ellis (2009) Derek Jarman’s Angelic Conversations PDF by Jason Wakefield 
  • Christopher Lindner, ed. (2009) The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader. 2nd Edition PDF by Lucy Bolton

Sensing cinema: phenomenological film and media studies

Film Studies For Free is using all of its searching senses today to bring you lots of links to perceptive film and media studies of the phenomenological kind, or to studies which at least touch meaningfully on issues of phenomenology, perception, and haptics.

Those especially interested in these topics might also like to experience the fascinating Cinesensory website once they’ve dipped into some of the wonderful, openly-accessible, scholarly resources below:

Coming at you! 3-D Studies

Stereo Wiggle by Kieff

Film Studies For Free
brings you a very rounded links list today
on the terribly topical subject of 3-D cinema and other media.

It’s a big subject area, encompassing debates on and research about film realism, media industry history, film technology (practice and theory), film spectatorship and reception, and human/media interactivity. If you want a good place to begin before you start dipping into the list below, check out the following, excellent, Wikipedia entries on 3-D film, stereoscopy and 3D audio effect.