A Guide of Cinephiles and Movie Addicts: Selected Writings on Film and Animation

HASSAN ABD. MUTHALIB is self-taught artist, designer, animator, writer and film director.

Rabak-Lit (First published, 2023)
xvii + 341 pages including References


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A Guide of Cinephiles and Movie Addicts: Selected Writings on Film and Animation is a selected collection of essays and reviews on film and animation from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Germany, Bulgaria, and the United States guides not only the cineaste but also the ordinary filmgoer to embrace the art and craft of film storytelling the world over. They all share a common approach: presenting good stories that are cinematically told. Narrative films are entertaining. At the same time, as popular culture, they have something to say about people, society, community, and nation. But there is another side to films that are rarely known. Every film, in reality, has two stories: the foreground story and the background story. The foreground story is what we watch on the screen; the background story is hidden and needs to be discovered. In this book, the filmmaker invites the audience to get involved in the film’s storytelling. And to help them understand the inner workings of a film, he offers various clues and indexes which he scatters throughout the film. This is where he uses the language of cinema to present to the audience such aspects as ideas, themes, ideologies and more importantly, the subtext of a film.


1. From Shadows to Images: 120 Years of Cinema in Malaysia
2. The Depiction of Malays on the Silver Screen in the 1950s
3. Cinematic Depictions on identity, Community and Morality in the Films of P. Ramlee
4. Tradigital Animation Mythmaking: Merging the Traditional with the Digital
5. Narratives of the Nation in the Films of P. Ramlee and Jack Neo
6. Malaysian Cinema in 2005: All Set for a Transformation
7. The Mind of the Terajutama
8. Landscapes and Mindscapes: The Japan of Film Director Yoji Yamada
9. Storyteller of the Digital Age: Mamat Khalid’s Legacy for Youth Society and Academia
10. ‘Tuan Zain’: A Visionary and a Principled Filmmaker

11. Johnny Makes a Movie: The Lost Cause of Anuar Nor Arai
12. Patah Hati by K.M. Basker: As in Life So in Death
13. Chuchu Datok Merah by M. Amin: Of Flawed Men and Women
14. The Green Ray by Eric Rohmer: Finding the Real Story
15. My Mother Is a Belly Dancer by Kung-Lok Lee: Really?
16. No Country for Old Men by the Coen Brothers: Pneumatic Gun for Hire!
17. Eastern Plays by Kamen Kalev: Time to Leave the country
18. Cinema Jenin, a documentary by Marcus Vetter: Turning Dreams into Reality
19. If it’s Not Now Then When? by James Lee: Depicting Presence through Absence
20. Mamat Khalid: Of Rockers, Long Hair and Long Hands
21. Sokola Rimba by Riri Riza: Making Film Storytelling ‘Real’
22. The Journey by Chiu Keng Guan: Something for All Malaysians
23. Vennira lravuggal by R. Perakas: Return of the Strong, Silent, Trickster Hero
24. Apprentice by Boo Junfeng: The Greater Prison is Outside
25. La La Land by Damien Chazelle: How Not to Lose it to the Hollywood Dream
26. Hanyut by U-Wei HajiSaari: Discovering the Malay through the Other
27. The Greatest Showman by Michael Gracey: Envisioning the Future of Cinema
28. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts by Mouly Surya; A Critique of the System
29. The Song of Grassroots, a Documentary by Yuda Kurniawan: Of History, Family & Poetry
30. Shadowplay Tony Pietra Arjuna: Of Shadows and the Shadowy
31. Daulat by Imran Sheik: Truth Is Stranger, and More Ruthless, than Fiction
32. Redha by Tunku Mona: Of Hardship, Sacrifice and Salvation
33. Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer: A Cinematic Look at the Banality of Evil
34. Nota by Yasu Tanaka: Of Human Nature, Red Herrings and the Terrible Mother
35. Sacred and Secret by Basil Gelpke: Connecting with the Unseen

Selected Further Readings on the Art of Cinema

Weight0.375 kg
Dimensions20.2 × 13.4 × 2.4 cm




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