Cinematic Encounters: Interviews and Dialogues

Cinematic Encounters: Interviews and Dialogues

by Jonathan Rosenbaum


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Godard. Fuller. Rivette. Endfield. Tarr. In his celebrated career as a film critic, Jonathan Rosenbaum has undertaken wide-ranging dialogues with many of the most daring and important auteurs of our time. Cinematic Encounters collects more than forty years of interviews that embrace Rosenbaum's vision of film criticism as a collaboration involving multiple voices. Rosenbaum accompanies Orson Welles on a journey back to Heart of Darkness , the unmade film meant to be Welles's Hollywood debut. Jacques Tati addresses the primacy of décor and soundtrack in his comedic masterpiece PlayTime, while Jim Jarmusch explains the influence of real and Hollywoodized Native Americans in Dead Man. By arranging the chapters chronologically, Rosenbaum invites readers to pursue thematic threads as if the discussions were dialogues between separate interviews. The result is a rare gathering of filmmakers trading thoughts on art and process, on great works and false starts, and on actors and intimate moments.

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ISBN-13: 9780252083884
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 11/30/2018
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Rosenbaum was the film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 to 2008. He is the coauthor of Abbas Kiarostami: Expanded Second Edition and the author of Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia and Discovering Orson Welles. He archives his work at

Table of Contents

Introduction In Defense of Critical Interactivity 1

Chapter 1 The Voice and the Eye: A Commentary on the Heart of Darkness Script 9

Chapter 2 Tati's Democracy 24

Chapter 3 Paris Journal on Stavisky 37

Chapter 4 Show Business in the End: Interview with Jim McBride 43

Chapter 5 Phantom Interviewers over Rivette 54

Chapter 6 "Conversation" with Paul Morrissey 70

Chapter 7 Geraldine Chaplin Interview (from London Journal) 81

Chapter 8 Obscure Objects of Desire: A Jam Session on Non-Narrative 86

Chapter 9 Sam Fuller Spills His Guts 97

Chapter 10 Catching Up with Godard 103

Chapter 11 A Lesson in Modesty: Speaking with Alain Resnais 109

Chapter 12 Cinema at a Distance: Interview with Peter Gidal 117

Chapter 13 The "Presents" of Michael Snow 122

Chapter 14 Ivan the Bearable: Ivan Passer on Cutter's Way 133

Chapter 15 Just Jost 138

Chapter 16 On Location with John Carpenter's The Thing 150

Chapter 17 Jackie Raynal 155

Chapter 18 Documentary Expressionism: The Films of William Klein 165

Chapter 19 Pages from the Endfield File 174

Chapter 20 The Seberg We Missed: Interview with Mark Rappaport 195

Chapter 21 A Gun Up Your Ass: Interview with Jim Jarmusch 202

Chapter 22 Trailer for Godard's Histoire(s) du cinéma 214

Chapter 23 Falling Down, Walking, Destroying, Thinking: A Conversation with Béla Tarr 231

Chapter 24 Trying to Catch Up with Raúl Ruiz 243

Chapter 25 A Handful of World: The Films of Peter Thompson 259

Index 271

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