Responsibilities of Criticism 

Seminar and Conference, March 13 and 14, 2008, New York University Department of CInema Studies 


Jonathan Rosenbaum film critic for the Chicago Reader, is a frequent contributor to Cineaste, Cinema Scope, DVD Beaver, Rouge, and Trafic. His books include Discovering Orson Welles (2007), Essential Cinema (2004), Movie Wars (2000), Dead Man (2000), Movies as Politics (1997), Placing Movies (1995), Moving Places (1980), and, as coeditor with Adrian Martin, Movie Mutations (2003).

Nicole Brenez Agrégée de Lettres Modernes and former pupil at the École Normale Supérieure, Maître de Conférences en êtudes cinématographiques at University of Paris 1. She is the author of Shadows - John Cassavetes (1995), Abel Ferrara (2007), Cinémas d’avant-garde (2007), Traitement du Lumpenprolétariat par le cinéma d'avant-garde (2006), De la figure en général et du corps en particulier. L'invention figurative au cinéma (1998). She is also curator of the avant-garde program at the Cinémathèque française.

Adrian Martin Senior Research Fellow in Film and Television Studies at Monash University, his is co-editor of Rouge and the author of Once Upon a Time in America (1998) Phantasms (1994) The Mad Max Movies (2003), Raúl Ruiz: Sublimes Obsessions (2004) and coeditor with Jonathan Rosenbaum, Movie Mutations (2003)



THURSDAY, MARCH 13: 19 University Place, Lecture Hall

 8 p.m.: Opening screening and panel with Nicole Brenez, Adrian Martin and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Screenings:

Adrian Martin

Jean-Luc Godard Origin of the 21st Century (13 mins)

Pedro Costa's Tarrafal (16 mins)

Jonathan Rosenbaum

Forough Farrokhzad's The House is Black (25)

Charles Burnett's When It Rains (12).

Nicole Brenez will show a series of shorts from Massroom Project (Jakarta) and a selection of works analyzed in her book Traitement du Lumpenproletariat par le cinéma d'avant-garde (Séguier, 2007)

FRIDAY, MARCH 14: Kimmel 804 and 805

9 a.m.-10 a.m.

Opening reception

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Jonathan Rosenbaum: The Future of FIlm Criticism--Film Criticism, The Internet and the Circulation of DVDs, 805

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Adrian Martin: The Event of Criticism, 804

3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Nicole Brenez (participating via videoconference): The Explosion of Cinema and the Responsibilities of Criticism, 804

7 p.m.: Closing roundtable: Room 804