By Jonathan Rosenbaum
The esteemed movie critic Jonathan Rosenbaum has introduced international cinema to American audiences for the final 4 a long time. His incisive writings on person filmmakers outline movie tradition as a various and ever-evolving perform, unpredictable but topic to analyses simply as assorted as his personal discriminating tastes. For Rosenbaum, there is not any excessive or low cinema, basically extra fascinating or much less fascinating movies, and the items amassed right here, from an appreciation of Marilyn Monroe’s intelligence to a vintage dialogue on and with Jean-Luc Godard, amply testify to his huge mind and multi-faceted expertise. Goodbye Cinema, hi Cinephilia gathers jointly over fifty examples of Rosenbaum’s feedback from the prior 4 many years, each one of which demonstrates his ardour for a way we view videos, in addition to how we write approximately them. Charting our altering issues with the interconnected matters that encompass video, DVDs, the web, and new media, the writings amassed right here additionally spotlight Rosenbaum’s polemics about the electronic age. From the rediscovery and recirculation of vintage movies, to the social and aesthetic impression of technological adjustments, Rosenbaum doesn’t disappoint in assembling a magisterial forged of little-known filmmakers in addition to the regular faces and iconic names that experience helped to outline our period.
As we stream into this new decade of moviegoing—one during which Hollywood will proceed to consider the shockwaves of the electronic age—Jonathan Rosenbaum remains a worthy advisor. Goodbye Cinema, hi Cinephilia is a consummate choice of his paintings, no longer easily for lovers of this seminal critic, yet for all these open to the wide range of movies he embraces and is helping us to clarify.