Film studies

Twenty years of Trouble Every Day (2001)

Kate Robertson delves into Claire Denis’ divisive sixth feature film two decades after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Claire Denis, Trouble Every Day (2001) is a challenging film both in terms of its narrative and filmmaking. Two scientists—Shane and Core—are afflicted with an unnatural hunger produced by a plant they found … Continue reading

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Psycho and Peeping Tom, why was one revered and the other reviled?

From Auteur's Devil's Advocates series, Peeping Tom charts the 1960 film's origins, production and devastating critical reception. In this blog post, author Kiri Bloom Walden compares Peeping Tom to its contemporary horror classic, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). In 1960 two ground-breaking films by two famous British directors were released. One ultimately became a huge success, … Continue reading

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John Frankenheimer’s Seconds (1966)

New to Auteur's Constellations series, Seconds explores John Frankenheimer's criminally overlooked monolith of paranoia, part science fiction, part body horror, part noir thriller cum black comedy. In this blog post authors Jez Conolly and Emma Westwood reflect on their study of the 1966 film. Writing a book about John Frankenheimer’s Seconds, arguably Hollywood’s bleakest ever film, was always going … Continue reading

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Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt – In Conversation with Diane Negra

New from Auteur, Shadow of a Doubt redresses the deficit of sustained critical attention paid to Hitchcock’s 1943 film, the one that he at various times identified as his favourite and his best. In this blog post we spoke to author Diane Negra to discuss the milestone film and her important study. What drew you … Continue reading

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Reviving forgotten horrors: celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Blood on Satan’s Claw

The Blood on Satan’s Claw, new to Auteur's Devil's Advocates series, explores Piers Haggard's undervalued 1971 film in the wider context of the folk horror sub-genre. In this blog post, author David Evans-Powell reflects on the film's "heathen heritage" on the 50th anniversary of its release. Folk horror has, in a fairly short space of … Continue reading