By Drew Goddard
Screenplay of the motion picture Cloverfield
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André Bazin, ‘‘Death Every Afternoon,’’ this volume, originally published as ‘‘La mort tous les après-midi,’’ in Qu’est ce que le cinema? (Paris: Editions du Cerf, 1958), 1:65–70. Bazin, ‘‘Death Every Afternoon,’’ 31 n. 4. Stephen Heath, ‘‘Film Performance,’’ in Heath, Questions of Cinema, 113–14. , 114–15. V. Studies’,’’ Screen 33:1 [spring 1992]: 98. See the following relevant texts from Screen: Stephen Heath, ‘‘Lessons from Brecht,’’ 15:2 (summer 1974): 103–28; Stephen Heath, ‘‘From Brecht to Film: Theses, Problems,’’ 16:4 (winter 1975–76): 34–45; Stephen Heath, ‘‘Narrative Space,’’ 17:3 (autumn 1976): 68–112; Colin MacCabe, ‘‘Realism and the Cinema: Notes on Some Brechtian Theses,’’ 15:2 7–24; Colin MacCabe, ‘‘The Politics of Separation, 16:4 (winter 1975/61): 46–61; and Colin MacCabe, ‘‘Principles of Realism and Pleasure,’’ 17:3 (autumn 1976): 7–28.
For an excellent summary and critique of Screen’s positions on realism, see Dick Hebdige and Geoﬀ Hurd, ‘‘Reading and Realism,’’ Screen Education 28 (autumn 1978): 68–78. ’’ Melville’s review of Michael Fried’s Courbet’s Realism also cites Fried’s own statement on the need to inquire further into realist art. See Stephen Melville, ‘‘Compelling Acts, Haunting Convictions,’’ Art History 14:1 (March 1991): 117. Jonathan Crary, Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990), 4.
Many are the passes and coups de grâce ﬁlmed during top events featuring stars, which aﬀord us long, practically uncut takes in which the framing of man and animal is never tighter than a medium shot or even an American shot. And when the head of the bull comes into the foreground it is not a stuﬀed head, the rest follows. Perhaps I am a fool to be so astonished by Myriam’s talent. She edited the footage with diabolical skill, and you have to pay careful attention to see that the bull that comes into view from the left is not always the one that left the screen from the right.