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  • Blow-Up

    ★★★★

  • L'Argent

    ★★★★½

  • Satantango

    ★★★★½

  • Hours for Jerome

    ★★★½

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  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★★

    “A true thing, badly expressed, is a lie.”

    Whilst this quote, simultaneously, speaks to the relationship between form and content, it also reveals exactly how it does so. The quote is incorrect. It’s a lie. However, the idea form doctors content is an almost Kuleshovian precept. Antonioni has Thomas ‘blow up’ the reality that he has captured in the park, defining mise-en-scène. It is a spectacular accomplishment.

  • L'Argent

    L'Argent

    ★★★★½

    Tim Cawkwell’s Introduction to L’Argent

    Are you Bresson-wise or Bresson virgins? If the latter, here are some aids to appreciating L’Argent. This is a film which may puzzle you on first viewing, but on deep acquaintance reveals great riches.

    Firstly, Robert Bresson was an admirer of the philosopher Blaise Pascal, who he regarded as “for everyone”. A noted Pascal sound bite (which translates pensée in meretricious fashion) is, “The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.” When you…

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  • To Catch a Thief

    To Catch a Thief

    An essential Hitchcock. Why? Take note of the visual expression. It’s very very strong. So strong, it becomes overwhelming. At points, the mise-en-scène is not unlike Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. It’s too much. It is important to notice the growth of a director. Now watch Vertigo. The expression is in perfect balance. Still vibrant and memorable but controlled. Modern filmmakers must look upon their decor as if seasoning a dish with pepper.

    Though Tarkovsky and Kubrick are tremendously insightful directors, Hitchcock is the one young filmmakers should become the most familiar with.

  • Hours for Jerome

    Hours for Jerome

    I’m interested in pornography

    Yeah but are you?

    I’m interested in the paradoxical interplay between Eros and Thanatos

    Yeah but are you?

    I’m interested in symbolic < alchemical > systems

    Yeah but are you?

    I’m interested in communicative systems


    Be aware of your interpretative levers