BFI Pasolini Study Day – Talks Online!


New WORLD PICTURE on ‘Wrong’

A Fire in My Belly is an awkward work that at first glance can appear to be both hyperbolic or overreaching and inconsistent or contradictory. This short film resembles a travel log, an illustrated lecture, or an educational slide show that mixes the unpitying gaze of a mondo cane film (unwrapped mummies with gaping mouths, unusually disabled bodies performing daily tasks, animals forced into fighting by their human captors) with the deliriously overwrought expressionism of 1980s music videos (spinning eyeballs aflame, strobed flashes of milk splashes). The film also recalls major moments in the visual avant-garde of the twentieth century by invoking 1920s surrealist iconography, aping Eisenstein’s clunkier intellectual montages, and echoing the idolatry of Kenneth Anger’s films which themselves borrow from the formal idioms [of] religious and exploitation films. A Fire in My Belly overtly conflates symbolic registers and gains momentum by joining documentary footage of workers performing precarious tasks or snakes devouring their prey to staged studio shots of symbolic transactions involving leaking blood, throwing money, spinning globes, or torched marionettes.  [from Karl Schoonover’s essay ‘David Wojnarowicz’s Graven Image: Cinema, Censorship, and Queers’; hyperlinks added by FSFF]

Following its much appreciated seasonal break, a rather bleary-eyed but well-rested Film Studies For Free wishes its readers a very happy new year.

Its first few posts of 2012 will be devoted to catching up with some new issues of online film and moving image studies related journals, starting with a listing of links to a new collection of work from one of the most original of such journals: World Picture on the concept of ‘wrong’.

FSFF particularly liked Schoonover on Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly, (as above), Schwartz’s riff on Pasolini, Malsky on dystopian sound, and Manon and Temkin on glitch art.

WORLD PICTURE 6, 2011: Table of Contents

Participations: Studying Cinema Audiences

Dr Frank N. Furter/Tim Curry loving his ‘audience’ (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, UK, 1975)
Film Studies For Free is delighted, as always, to flag up that the new issue of Participations – the Open Access journal of audience and reception studies — has just gone online. 
It encompasses an excellent special section devoted to cinema audiences, but there are lots of high quality essays throughout, and a great set of Film Studies book reviews.
Special Edition on Cinema Audiences

Bellocchio, Bertolucci, Pasolini, Verga and beyond: Italian Cinema research from new look

Image from I pugni in tasca/Fists in pocket (Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 1965).
See Deborah Young’s short essay on this film here.

Here’s another post to celebrate Open Access Week, just in the nick of time.

Film Studies For Free, tipping its jaunty e-hat to the fabulous weblog Open Access News for the information, has been delighted today to revisit the eScholarship archive of the University of California, which has had a makeover. Here’s the explanation of the whys and wherefores. FSFF can happily testify that it is now even more user-friendly than before, so do please explore it.

To celebrate, here’s a little crop of wonderful, openly-accessible articles on Italian cinema, all published in the UCLA journal Carte Italiane, that FSFF was able to harvest in a even shorter jiffy than usual.