Cover of On CinemaBy Glauber Rocha.

Edited by Ismail Xavier. Translated by Stephanie Dennison and Charlotte Smith.

Published Autumn 2018.

Glauber Rocha is known as the visionary Brazilian director of landmark filmsĀ Black God, White Devil, Entranced Earth and Antonio das Mortes. Hitherto virtually unknown outside Brazil is that he was also a brilliant film critic and innovative thinker on world cinema. On Cinema brings together for the first time in the English language a comprehensive selection of Rocha’s film writings, revealing for the first time to English-speaking readers the full critical power, inventiveness and vision of a great filmmaker. Rocha’s writings, endowed with critical verve and humour, give insights into key moments of film history, as well as the politics of world cinema. Here he fearlessly confronts the film establishment and debates with a host of sacred filmmakers of the world pantheon. Included is Rocha’s early criticism of Brazilian films, landmark manifestoes such as ‘An Aesthetics of Hunger’ and ‘An Aesthetics of Dreams’, articles about the development of Cinema Novo, and his international film criticism, including pieces on Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, James Dean, David Lean, John Huston, Stanley Kubrick, John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, Luis Bunuel, Luchino Visconti and Roberto Rossellini. The publication of On Cinema, edited by film scholar Ismail Xavier and in expert translation, is an international publishing event.

Text from listing at Bloomsbury Collections, here