Book Reviews by Perez

Twenty-Four Times a Second, by William S. Pechter, Sight & Sound 40 (Autumn).


"In the Beginning", review of Babel and Babylon, by Miriam Hansen, D.W. Griffith and the origins of American narrative film, by Tom Gunning, and Before the Nickelodeon, by Charles Musser, The Nation (Nov. 4).


"The Cult of the Colt", review of West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns, by Jane Tompkins, Nation, 255:7, 253-6.


"It's a Wonderful Life", review of several books, including A 20th Century Job, This is Orson Welles, Hichcock: The Making of a Reputation, and Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Nation 256:1, 24-8.

"The Frontier Dialectic", review of Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America, by Richard Slotkin, Nation, 257:13, 466-70.


Jean Renoir, by Ronald Bergan, The Yale Review, 83 (Oct.), 101-13.

"Realism, Neo and Poetic", Mists of Regret, by Dudley Andrew, and Vital Crises in Italian Cinema, by P.Adams Sitney, Cineaste, 21:4, 54-5.


"Documentary as Film", Documentary Film Classics, by William Rothman, Cineaste, 23:3, 49-50.

Reviews of Perez

Guzzetti, Alfred, Boston Book Review (April, 1998).

Horowitz, Gregg, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57:3 (Summer 1999), 381-3.

Martin, Adrian, "The Undertaker", Screening The Past [on-line journal] no. 8, 1999.

Matthews, Peter, Sight & Sound 81:8 (August, 1998), 27.

Morrison, James, Screen 40:1 (Spring, 1999), 103-14.

Naremore, James, Cineaste XXIV:4 (1999), 56.

Raphael, Frederic, "Etcetera, and plenty of it", The Times Literary Supplement, 4963, May 15 1998, 7-8.

Shetley, Vernon Lionel, "Film Theory: Shifting Paradigms and Material Ghosts" [on The Material Ghost among others], College English 61:4 (March, 1999), 475-84.

Vogels, Jonathan, Republic of Letters

Wood, Michael, "Cheerfully Chopping up the World" (on Perez among other), The London Review of Books 20:13, July 2 1998.

Gilberto Perez

The Material Ghost: Films and their Medium (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998), 465 pp. JHU press release.

Articles and Film Reviews by Perez


"Shadow and Substance: Murnau's Nosferatu", Sight & Sound 36:3 (Summer). Reprinted, in Spanish translation, in the Madrid journal Revista de Occidente 61, April 1968.


"Jacques Becker: Two Films", Sight & Sound 38:3 (Summer).


"F.W. Murnau: An Introduction", Film Comment 7:2 (Summer). Reprinted in the anthology Passport to Hollywood (McGraw-Hill, 1976).

"Twenty-four Times a Second", Sight and Sound 40:4 (Autumn).


"The Chaplin Revue", Film Comment 8:3 (Sept/Oct)


"All in the Foreground: A Study of Dovzhenko's Earth", The Hudson Review 28:1 (Spring).


"The Narrative Sequence", The Hudson Review, 30:1 (Spring), 80-92. Reprinted in New Observations, No. 36, Winter 1985-86.

"Narrative Voices" [on Arreola, Coover, Donoso, Peter Taylor, Anne Tyler, and others], The Hudson Review 30:4 (Winter 1977-78); a section reprinted in a volume of the anthology Contemporary Literary Criticism.


"The Interior of the Decorator" [On Woody Allen's Interiors], New York Arts Journal 11 (Sept/Oct).

"Modernist Cinema: The History Lessons of Straub and Huillet", Artforum 17:2 (October). Reprinted, at Jean-Marie Straub's own request, in the accompanying booklet (ed. Jonathan Rosenbaum) to the retrospective of the films of Straub and Huillet at the Public Theater, New York City, November 1982.

"Something to Look up to" [On Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind] 8 (Feb/Mar).


"Fiction Chronicle" [on Bataille, Günter Grass, Pinget, Stegner, and others], The Hudson Review 32:3 (Autumn).

"Film Chronicle: Days of Heaven", The Hudson Review 32:1 (Spring).

"Herzog's Nosferatu", New York Arts Journal 16 (Nov/Dec). Reprinted in a volume of the anthology Contemporary Literary Criticism.

"Up Close" [On Bergman's Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten)], New York Arts Journal 13 (Feb/Mar).


"Kubrick's Fearful Geometry" [On The Shining], New York Arts Journal 19 (Sept/Oct)

"These Days in the Holocene" [on Max Frisch, Nadine Gordimer, Paul Theroux, and others] The Hudson Review 33:4 (Winter 1980-81); a section reprinted in a volume of the anthology Contemporary Literary Criticism.


"The Bewildered Equilibrist: An Essay on Buster Keaton's Comedy", The Hudson Review 34:3 (Autumn).

"The First and Other Persons" [on Calvino, Milosz, Philip Roth, and others], The Hudson Review 34:4 (Winter 1981-82).

"A Note on Buñuel's Narrative", Artery 5:1 (October).


"Between Life and Art" [on photography and painting], The Hudson Review 35:2 (Summer).

"The Thread of the Disconcerting" [Considering Luis Buñuel], Sight and Sound 52:1 (Winter 82-83), 58-61.


"Atget's Stillness", The Hudson Review 36:2 (Summer).


"The Camera and the Subject", New Observations 27 (Winter 1984-85).


"A Question of Point of View", Sight and Sound 54:2 (Spring), 133-4.


"Godard's Tenderness", Raritan, 6:1 (Summer), 63-83.


"The Madwoman in the Loft: Fatal Attraction" (with William Park), The Hudson Review, 41:1 (Spring), 197-202.


"Landscape and Fiction: Jean Renoir's Country Excursion", The Hudson Review, 42:2 (Summer), 237-60.


"Bell-Bottom Blues" [on Godard and his film Nouvelle Vague], The Nation Feb. 18.

"In the Beginning" [on early cinema and theories of the spectator], The Nation November 4.

"The Point of View of a Stranger, an essay on Antonioni's Eclipse", The Hudson Review, 44:2 (Summer), 234-62.


"The Cult of the Colt" [on the Western and its politics], The Nation, September 14.


"The Frontier Dialectic", The Nation, October 25.

"It's a Wonderful Life" [on formative moviegoing, movie critics, and movie directors], The Nation, January 4/11.

"Nosferatu", Raritan, 13:1 (Summer), 1-29.


"The Centenary of Jean Renoir", The Yale Review 83:4 (October).

"A Man Pointing: Antonioni and the Film Image", The Yale Review, 82:3 (July), 38-65.


"Film in Review: The Gangster's Enterprise", The Yale Review, 84:3 (July), 186-95.


"Film in Review: The Edges of Realism" [Considering the films of Abbas Kiarostami], The Yale Review, 85:1 (January), 171-84.

"Film in Review: The Liberal Imagination" [Considering The People versus Larry Flynt], The Yale Review, 85:3 (July), 175-87.

"Films, The Material Ghost", Raritan, 16:4 (Spring), 106-26.


"Cinema in Review: Victor Nunez and Ulee's Gold", The Yale Review, 86:2 (April), 174-85.

"L'or et le miel", Trafic 28 (Hiver).

"La sequenza narrativa", Quaderni 2.

"Theory and Aesthetics in Film Scholarship" - 'In the Study of Film, Theory Must Work Hand in Hand With Criticism', Chronicle of Higher Education 45:11 (November 6), 6-7.


"An Actor and a Director Whose Bond Was, Well, Mad" [on Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog], The New York Times, Sunday, November 7.

"Cinema in Review: Spectacle and Surveillance", The Yale Review 87:1 (January), 182-92.

"Film in Review: Ghosts of the City: Films of Ernie Gehr", The Yale Review 87:4 (October), 173-88.

"Obsessed by Place, and Finding One on a Frontier" [on Ernie Gehr], The New York Times, Sunday, March 21.

"Slices of Cake" [on Alfred Hitchcock], London Review of Books, 21:16, 19 August.


"Toward a Rhetoric of Film: Identifiaction and the Spectator", Senses of Cinema - on-line journal 5 (April).


"Film in Review: Bad Boys", The Yale Review 88:2 (April).

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