« on: July 18, 2016, 08:40:44 am »
I'd be reasonably confident that several members of the forum will be familiar with the ground-breaking book "Film As Film" by V.F. Perkins, one of the really seminal pieces of British film criticism, and a cornerstone in the development of film studies as an academic discipline in this country. More recently, he's written very well received books on "The Magnificent Ambersons" and "La Regle du Jeu".
Those forum members probably don't know, however, and may be saddened to learn, that Perkins passed away suddenly on Friday evening.
I knew Victor first as a student (he was one of my lecturers for my masters 21 years ago, and was the supervisor for my dissertation) and subsequently as a colleague for four years working in an administrative role in his department. During those years, there weren't many days where I didn't speak to him in some form over a staff room coffee about something meaningful; film, yes, but more often than not, music. I think about and comment on film a lot (on here, and more so on Facebook), and I'm still entertaining the notion of pursuing my PhD at some point, and most of the ways in which I think about cinema are solidly grounded in my studies with Victor. He's he's been a very formative force, and it's been a joy to have known him.
I shall be endeavouring to screen Ophuls's "Letter From an Unknown Woman" and Ozu's "Late Spring" (the two films I studied most closely with him) by way of tribute in the very near future.