"Not speaking makes you part of the crime"
"The first camera in the history of cinema was pointed at a factory, but a century later it can be said that film is hardly drawn to the factory and is even repelled by it. Films about work or workers have not become one of the main genres, and the space in front of the factory has remained on the sidelines. Most narrative films take place in that part of life where work has been left behind. Everything which makes…
Alan Clarke, 1974: Pagan Horror is an insidious genre based on the Western world’s inability to face its own history of colonial violence and the systematic demonization of non-Christian religions which is inextricably linked to imperialist expansion
Ari Aster, 2019: Damn, those Pagans are spooky!
“Did the general strike effect you?”
“My maid was rather curt with me – but she’s a communist at heart”
This is a film in which a former Irish revolutionary makes amends for his prior wrongdoings by turning in an anti-royalist insurgent who is plotting to assassinate the king. Epochal conflicts (the Irish struggle for independence, the Boer war, the 1926 General strike) are treated as minor footnotes which temporarily inconvenience our obscenely wealthy protagonists before the status quo can…