Film Reviews and Selected Older Published Essays

Reviews:

Films of the Year 2007

Beginning in 2007, editor Rob White of Film Quarterly gave me the opportunity of writing a year-end roundup of my favorite films. I took pleasure in the job and for the most part still agree with judgements I made. The “Films of the Year” articles also serve as a time capsule. The first of the four years of reviews begins below in a PDF for 2007. The subsequent years follow it. University of California Press, which kindly granted permission, asked that I also provide a link to their website.

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Films of the Year 2008

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Films of the Year 2009

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Films of the Year 2010

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Essays:

“Consciousness and Society in Portrait of the Artist

I once hoped to write a book about James Joyce, but managed only a couple of essays. Here’s one, from Approaches to Joyce’s Portrait, ed. Thomas Staley and Bernard Benstock (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1976).

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“Nature and History in The Years”

After my book on Virginia Woolf, I turned mostly to writing about film. But I published one essay about Woolf, in Virginia Woolf: Revaluation and Continuity (California, 1980), edited by Ralph Freedman. It gave me the opportunity to discuss a novel I hadn’t treated in my book, and to put emphasis on Woolf’s politics.

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“Remaking Psycho”

I’ve long been on the advisory board of Hitchcock Annual, a periodical currently edited by Sidney Gottlieb. For the 1999-2000 issue, I wrote this essay about Gus Van Sant’s controversial remake of Psycho.

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“The Trial: Orson Welles vs. the FBI

In Film Comment, Jan.-Feb 1991, I published this essay, based on FBI files I had requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

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