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Durgnat, Raymond

Overview
Works: 40 works in 336 publications in 5 languages and 8,506 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Documentary films  Drama  Experimental films  Documentary-style films  Motion pictures  Biography‡vPictorial works  Filmed interviews 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PN1998.A3, 791.4302330924
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Raymond Durgnat
Jean Renoir by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

19 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luis Bunuel by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

53 editions published between 1967 and 1981 in 4 languages and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Films and feelings by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

30 editions published between 1967 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The crazy mirror: Hollywood comedy and the American image by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

20 editions published between 1969 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Crazy Mirror is a perceptive combination of nostalgia, social history and film criticism. It captures the essence of movie comedy in a series of brilliant chapters which delineate the images of American society reflected in "the crazy mirror" of over 500 films. From the early days of slapstick through the comedies of recent years, many of which have merged slapstick, sophistication and satire, the trends in movies are explained and documented with precision."--Book cover
The strange case of Alfred Hitchcock : or, The plain man's Hitchcock by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

21 editions published between 1973 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mirror for England; British movies from austerity to affluence by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

25 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Raymond Durgnat's classic study of British films from the 1940s to the 1960s, first published in 1970, remains one of the most important books ever written on British cinema. In his introduction, Kevin Gough-Yates writes: 'Even now, it astounds by its courage and its audacity; if you think you have an 'original' approach to a filmor a director's work and check it against A Mirror for England, you generally discover that Raymond Durgnat had said it already.' Durgnat himself said about the book that 'the main point was arranging a kind of rendezvous between thinking about movies and thinking, not so much about sociology, as about the experiences that people are having all the time.' Durgnat used Mirror to assert the validity of British cinema against its dismissal by the critics of Cahiers du cine;ma and Sight and Sound. His analysis takes in classics such as In Which We Serve (1942), A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and The Blue Lamp (1949), alongside 'B' films and popular genres such as Hammer horror. Durgnat makes a cogent and compelling case for the success of British films in reflecting British predicaments, moods and myths, at the same time as providing some disturbing new insights into a national character by whose enigmas and contradictions we continue to be perplexed and fascinated"-
A long hard look at 'Psycho' by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upon its release in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho divided critical opinion, with several leading film critics condemning Hitchcock's apparent encouragement of the audience's identification with the gruesome murder that lies at the heart of the film. Such antipathy did little to harm Psycho's box-office returns, and it would go on to be acknowledged as one of the greatest film thrillers, with scenes and characters that are among the most iconic in all cinema. In his illuminating study of Psycho, Raymond Durgnat provides a minute analysis of its unfolding narrative, enabling us to consider what happens to the viewer as he or she watches the film, and to think afresh about questions of spectatorship, Hollywood narrative codes, psychoanalysis, editing and shot composition
Franju by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

19 editions published between 1967 and 1968 in 3 languages and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King Vidor, American by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hollywood director King Vidor (1894-1982) was acknowledged as a master by movie showmen and cinema critics alike, but the range of his films made him impossible to pigeonhole. With The Big Parade (1925), he created the first modern war film and MGM's first major hit. The Crowd (1928) looked at "ordinary people" in city jungles. Hallelujah (1929) was the first all-black major-studio feature. To the Great Depression, Vidor responded with Our Daily Bread (1934), the politically intricate saga of a rural cooperative. Other Vidor films spoke directly to the moviegoing public: that three-handkerchief male weepie, The Champ (1931); and that key women's drama, Stella Dallas (1937). His high-passion postwar melodramas, spurned by contemporary reviewers, have gained champions each year: the epic western Duel in the Sun (1946); Ayn Rand's ultra-right-wing The Fountainhead (1949); and the violent and morbid Beyond the Forest (1949) and Ruby Gentry (1952). This book is the first in-depth story of Vidor's half-century-long career, from his first attempts to rival Hollywood in his home state of Texas through the complex interplay of his independent spirit with "classic" Hollywood's rules about public taste. The title King Vidor, American, celebrates Vidor as a representative man, full of the conflicting generosity and ferocity in the national ethos: with his violent mixture of pioneering optimism and noir torments, of transcendentalism and puritanism, of spiritual verve and physical practicality, of liberal conscience and Social Darwinist savagery, of male dominance and female conciliation. Like Whitman, he contains multitudes. Never narrowly auteurist, this book is a wide ranging integration of film history, political thought, and popular culture.--Adapted from dust jacket
Eros in the cinema by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

25 editions published between 1964 and 1968 in 3 languages and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met bibliogr. - Ook gedeeltelijk aanwezig als: Sexus, Eros, Kino : der Film als Sittengeschichte. - Bremen : Schünemann, cop. 1964
WR-- mysteries of the organism by Dušan Makavejev( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary-fiction film begins as an investigation into the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and then explodes into a free-form narrative of a beautiful young Slavic girl's sexual liberation. Banned upon its release in the director's homeland, this art-house smash is both whimsical and bold in its blending of politics and sexuality
The divine Garbo by Frederick Sands( Book )

19 editions published between 1965 and 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

WR--mysteries of the organism = WR misterije organizma by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sexual alienation in the cinema by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

12 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Durgnat on film by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

6 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential Raymond Durgnat by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raymond Durgnat was a maverick voice during the golden age of film criticism. From the French New Wave and the rise of auteurism, through the late 1960s counter-culture, to the rejuvenated Hollywood of the 1970s, his work appeared in dozens of publications in Britain, France and the USA. At once evoking the film culture of his own times and anticipating our digital age in which technology allows everyone to create their own 'moving image-text combos', Durgnat's writings touch on crucial questions in film criticism that resonate more than ever today. Bringing together Durgnat's essential writing for the very first time, this career-spanning collection includes previously unpublished and untranslated work and is thoroughly introduced and annotated by Henry K. Miller
Nouvelle vague : the first decade by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

13 editions published in 1963 in English and French and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Marx Brothers. [Übersetzung des englischen Originalmanuskriptes: Gilli Hillmayr] by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

9 editions published in 1966 in German and English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cinema as art gallery by Raymond Durgnat( )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French cinema; the A-Z guide to the "New Wave." by Raymond Durgnat( Book )

2 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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A long hard look at 'Psycho'
Alternative Names
Raymond Durgnat Brits journalist (1932-2002)

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Languages
English (256)

German (19)

Spanish (12)

French (4)

Swedish (1)

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The strange case of Alfred Hitchcock : or, The plain man's HitchcockA mirror for England; British movies from austerity to affluenceA long hard look at 'Psycho'WR--mysteries of the organism = WR misterije organizma