Even if your mastery of the Russian language is only so-so, don’t miss Elem Klimov, a memorial book edited by Raisa Fomina, Andrei Plakhov, German Klimov and Mariana Murzina. Asked once what Elem Klimov (1933-2003) was like, I likened him to a “Herman Melville hero” – genuine, complex, profound. He was an intellectual, yet a [...]
Class Danielson, director of the 51st Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animation Film (27 October to 2 November 2008), paid homage to Barbara and Winfried Junge. Their Die Kinder von Golzow (The Children of Golzow) recently completed its run as the longest documentary cycle in the history of cinema, from Wenn ich erst zur [...]
The Leipzig International Festival of Documentary and Animation Films celebrated its 50th anniversary with two highly recommended books on both its topsy-turvy history and yet lasting reputation as surely the most important documentary event on the festival calendar. Herewith short reviews on these key anniversary books on DOKfestival Leipzig by Ralf Schenk and Heidi Martini.
The Wallflower Press film publications are valuable resource and reference books on the national cinematographies. Herewith reviews on theIan Haydn Smith’s edited International Film Guide (2008), John Cunningham’s Hungarian Cinema – From Coffee House to Multiplex (2004), and Dina Iordanova’s edited The Cinema of the Balkans (2006).