A Robin Wood Bibliography
A descriptive, illustrated bibliography of the work of noted film critic Robin Wood.
The Body Politic
[Note: 12 August, 2015: Michael Celec has provided improved bibliographic material for this section.]
Full issues of The Body Politic may be found here:
“A Different Story,” Robin Wood and Richard Lippe. Issue 44, June-July 1978. Review of A Different Story (1978)
“Saying goodbye to John Wayne,” Robin Wood and Richard Lippe. Issue 52, May 1979. Review of The Deer Hunter.
“You Are Who You Own,” Robin Wood and Richard Lippe. Issue 55, August, 1979. Review of L’Innocente (Visconti).
"Making Love Times Three: Seeing the Film with Three Different Audiences," Robin Wood and Richard Lippe. Issue No. 82, April, 1982, page 36.
"Victor/Victoria: The New Julie Andrews Flick," Issue No. 83, May, 1982, page 31, by Robin Wood and Richard Lippe.
“Carbon Copy” feature Issue, 118, September, 1985. (Letter exchange between Robin Wood and a Toronto business).
“Paul Schrader Comes Out,” Issue No. 120, November, 1985. Review of Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.
There is an index to The Body Politic, found here:
The Toronto Clarion
Robin Wood published 18 film reviews of one or two pages each in the Toronto Clarion between November 28, 1979 and November 6, 1981. The order of this list is a best guess using textual evidence. Clearly the awkward titles result from editorial compromise for an audience unfamiliar with Wood's work. At several points, Wood explains he is taking his new readers into account. [Research contributed by Michael Celec.]
"A Guide to Radical Film Review"; Wood introduces himself and familiar concepts to his Clarion audience.
"10's Better than its Hype"; On the film 10, which Wood compares favorably to Allen's Manhattan.
"Cruising into Disillusionment or the self-pity of consequence"; a first review of Cruising.
"Arabian Nights Free of Puritan Repression"; on Pasolini.
"Notes Toward Reading De Palma"; Focuses on Blowout.
"Godard Focus Transcends Chaos"; Wood reviews a festival focused on Jean-Luc Godard. Mentions films that appeared after Wood's major Godard articles.
"Heaven's Gate: An American Tragedy"; First mention of Heaven's Gate, subsequently developed in Canadian Forum and then in Movie.
"Raging Bull Unintentional Eroticism."
"Film Views Womanhood and Old Age with Distaste" on Tell Me a Riddle.
"Cultural Contradictions Interest this Film Critic": A summing up of responses to Wood's first six months of Clarion articles. Wood addresses the differing reactions to his writing for newspaper readers from his more usual audience.
"Shining Lights Wee Fire Under Wood"; On The Shining.
"'Ticket to Heaven': Journey to Nowhere" on Ticket to Heaven.
"Hollywood's View: Patriarchy Still Pervasive"; On contemporary vs. classical Hollywood films centered on women, and the various achievements of female directors in Hollywood.
"Western Revival?"; On The Long Riders, with reference to familiar John Ford westerns.
"The Man on the Roof: Thriller's Theme is Causes, Not Crime."
"Kramer Film is Hit and Myth"; On Kramer vs. Kramer.
"The Movie Star Trek: Papering over a Crumbling Universe"; On the first Star Trek feature film and the "extremely reactionary" science fiction cycle.
"Wood Tells Why Best Boy is Boffo"; On the documentary film Best Boy.
The Times Educational Supplement
"Chabrollian Triangle," 13 October, 1972, page unknown; on Ten Days Wonder.
"Disreputable Genre," 15 December, 1972, page unknown; on Death Line.
"Inevitable Violence," 9 February, 1973, page unknown; on Arthur Penn and Sam Peckinpah.
"Moment of Release," 2 March, 1973, page unknown; on Cries and Whispers.
"Sense of Dislocation," 23 March, 1973, page unknown; on Last Tango in Paris.
"Pakula's Progress," 1 June, 1973, page unknown; on Alan J. Pakula.
"Bawdiness and Good Health," 6 July, 1973, page unknown; on Pasolini.
"Signs and Motifs," 28 September, 1973, page unknown; on High Plains Drifter.
"Sexual Border Country," 2 November, 1973, page unknown; on Jerry Schatzberg.
"Mashed Marlowe," 23 November, 1973, page unknown; on The Long Goodbye.
"Chabrol's New Begining," 10 May, 1974, page unknown; on Nada.
"Unaccommodated Man," 9 August, 1974, page unknown; on Shakespeare.
"The Two Cultures," 23 August, 1974, page unknown; two book reviews [titles unknown].
"Controlling the Situation," 28 February, 1975, page unknown; on Robert Altman.
"Poet of the Cinema," 28 March, 1975, page unknown; on Kenji Mizoguchi.
"A Passage to India," 25 April, 1975, page unknown; on Distant Thunder.
"Tutto e Sacro," 16 May, 1975, page unknown; on Pasolini.
"Journeys into Futility," 1 August, 1975, page unknown; on The Passenger.
"The Familiar Made Strange," 12 September, 1975, page unknown; on the Edinburgh Festival.
"Retrospective Moments," 19 September, 1975, page unknown; on the Edinburgh Festival.
"Ripples from Watergate," 14 May, 1976, page unknown; on All the President's Men.
"Rustling Up," 23 July, 1976, page unknown; on The Missouri Breaks.
"Mad Smile of a Hollow Civilization," 6 August, 1976, page unknown; on Buffalo Bill and the Indians.
"A Thorough Screening," 17 September, 1976, page unknown; on the Edinburgh Festival.
"Inner Tensions, Outer Pressures," 24 September, 1976, page unknown; on the Edinburgh Festival.
"Avoiding the Heart of Darkness," 22 October, 1976, page unknown; on Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot.
"Revolutionary?," 29 October, 1976, page unknown; on Winstanley.
"Bergman's Emergency Exit," 5 November, 1976, page unknown; on Face to Face.
"Discreet Charms," 26 November, 1976, page unknown; on the London Film Festival.
"Notorious and Notable," 17 December, 1976, page unknown; on the London Film Festival.
"Structuralist Expectations?," 17 December, 1976, page unknown; a review of a book on Charles Dickens.
"Repressive and Repressed," 31 December, 1976, page unknown; a letter to the editor.
"Return of the Repressed," 31 December, 1976, page unknown.
"Est-ce que tout va bien?," 21 January, 1977, page unknown; on Numero Deux.
"Yet Another Terrible Child," 11 February, 1977, page unknown; on Carrie.
"Values in the Balance," 25 February, 1977, page unknown; on The Middle Man.
"Retreat Into Nostalgia," 11 March, 1977, page unknown; on The Last Tycoon.
"A Matter of Life and Death," 15 April, 1977, page unknown; on Chikamatsu Monogatari.
"Variations on a Quandary," 21 May, 1977, page unknown; on Man on the Roof.
"Things Rank and Gross," 10 June, 1977, page unknown; on Seven Beauties.
"Unaccommodated Man," Date Unknown, page unknown; on two critical studies of Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Talking Animals and Shakespeare's Tragic Frontier.
The Times Literary Supplement
"Traps for the Moralists," TLS, 1 January, 1974, page 23. [An op-ed concerning a certain David Holbrook who appears to have made a call for censorship, aligning him in the camp of Mrs. Whitehouse. Wood takes pains to distinguish pornography from eroticism and gives several examples, including the Franju film he cites in Film Comment as the most erotic moment in cinema, and at the end hails the work on Charles Barr in Screen on A Clockwork Orange and Straw Dogs, and the work of V. F. Perkins and Douglas Pye at Berkshire College.]
Toronto Globe and Mail
"The Man Who Knew Just Enough," 12 December, 2003, page unknown; a surprised positive review of Patrick McGilligan's Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light.
The Village Voice
"The Most Horrible Horror Film Ever?," 1973, date, page TK. [A review of Raw Meat, directed by Gary Sherman, the film AKA Death Line.]