Malcolm Turvey


November 2008

HOW DOES ONE CONVERT a film initially designed for theatrical screening into a gallery installation? Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman has taken up this question by reconfiguring two of her documentaries, D’est (From the East, 1993) and De … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2008 [TOC]

Construction Zone

Malcolm Turvey on Max Ophüls

October 2008

TOWARD THE END of Lola Montès (1955), Max Ophüls’s last and perhaps greatest film, the eponymous heroine, a nineteenth-century dancer, goes backstage at the theater in which she has just performed to meet with the king of Bavaria, whom she … READ ON


Rental History

Malcolm Turvey on a book about Canyon Cinema

July 2008

CANYON CINEMA: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor is Scott MacDonald's third history of a major US exhibitor and distributor of avant-garde film. Unlike the institutions that are the subject of his first two—Amos and Marcia… READ ON


“Drawing on Film”

May 2008

“Direct” filmmaking, in which the filmmaker, instead of using a camera, draws, paints, scratches, or in some other way directly manipulates the film stock to create an image, is a small but significant tradition in experimental filmmaking.… READ ON


Chantal Akerman

May 2008

While her fiction films have become steadily more conventional since the 1980s, Chantal Akerman has continued to employ the minimalist style she developed in her outstanding work of the '60s and '70s in a series of formally rigorous documentaries,… READ ON


Film and Early Modernism

August 2007

LONG AGO IN THESE PAGES, Annette Michelson wrote that “almost all the major authentic movements and styles of [the twentieth] century—Futurism, Surrealism, Dadaism, Constructivism—reacted to the growth of cinema.” Each saw in film’s capacity… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2007 [TOC]

Dalí and Film

May 2007

Curated by Dawn Ades, Montse Aguer, Félix Fanès, and Matthew Gale Salvador Dalí’s contributions to the art of cinema are well known, but the influence of film on his practice in other media is less so. This exhibition, co-organized with the… READ ON


avant-garde film on DVD

October 2005

THAT 16 MM FILM is dying, at least as an exhibition format, has long been obvious to those of us who teach film. The 16 mm prints on which film studies has relied since its inception are gradually becoming so old and worn as to be unusable,… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2005 [TOC]