Underground Film Journal

Film Culture: Issue 9 (vol. 2 No. 3)

Cover to Film Culture issue 9 that features King Vidor's character diagram for War and Peace

Published: 1956; 32 pages

Editor in Chief and Publisher: Jonas Mekas. Editors: Edouard de Laurot, George N. Fenin, Adolfas Mekas. Associate Editors: Eugene Archer, Louis Brigante, Arlene Croce, Andrew George Sarris.

Foreign Correspondents: Guido Aristarco, Italy; Francis Bolen, Belgium; Jaroslav Broz, Czechoslovakia; Jose Clemente, Spain; Lotte H. Eisner, France; Eugenio Hintz, Uruguay; Enno Patalas, West Germany; Tony Richardson, England.

Copyright, 1956 by FILM CULTURE. The opinions expressed by the contributors do not necessarily represent those of the editors. Printed in the U.S.A.

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ON THE COVER: One of King Vidor’s diagrams of character relationships in War and Peace.


1. The Oral Tradition, The Written Word, And The Screen Image, David Riesman

2. The American Documentary — Limitatins and Possibilities, an interview with Willard Van Dyke by Jonas Mekas and Edouard Laurot

3. Terminal “Zero” — Germany’s Latest Experimental Film, Enno Patalas

4. Citizen Kane: The American Baroque, Andrew Sarris

5. Cameraman in the Golden Age of Cinema, Curtis Courant

6. The Films of Lotte Reiniger

7. The Cinema in Cuba, Nestor Almendros

8. More on Metaphysics of “Ordet”, Guido Aristarco

9. Coffee, Brandy and Cigars (XXIII), Herman G. Weinberg

10. Il Tetto (The Roof), Guido Aristarco

11. Storm Center, George N. Fenin

12. The Proud and the Beautiful, Eugene Archer

13. Confidential Report (Mr. Arkadin), Herman G. Weinberg

14. Somebody Up There Likes Me, Eugene Archer

15. The Killing, Arlene Croce

16. Cinema 16 — New Season

17. Books. Letters.

Index of Images

Willard Van Dyke (Photograph by Edward Weston)

Cabos Blancos, the latest film by Willard Van Dyke made for the Division of Community Education, Puerto Rico.

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Ferry Radax in An diesen Abenden

Herbert Vesely and Xenia Hagman on location in Spain for Nicht mehr fliehen

Curtis Courant (at the camera) and Fritz Lang, during the shooting of Frau im Mond (1928). (Photo: Fritz Lang Films G.M.B.H.)

The Gallant Little Tailor

(4 unlabelled film stills; assumed to be of the films reviewed on the previous few pages)

The Flowers of St. Francis

Pleasure Garden

Love in the City


Brandon Films: Films for Film Societies

Contemporary Films, Inc.

Kinesis, Incorporated

Cinema Nuovo

Contemporary Films (promoting Autumn Fire by Herman G. Weinberg)

Cinema 16: 10th Anniversary Season