Favorite films

  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • The Enclosed Valley
  • My Night at Maud's
  • Rehearsals for Retirement

Recent activity

  • Leviathan

  • Inglourious Basterds

  • Samsara

  • At the First Breath of Wind

Recent reviews

  • Leviathan


    A circle. A maelstrom. A world of past, future, and the perennial is opened through the grace of the cardinal Bressonian gesture.

    Hands open the glass window, to let the night in.

    In the images' sequential grace, paradoxically, the referent does not subsume. Instead, the image itself—because it does let itself be subsumed by the referent—allows itself to be, and again paradoxically, allows it to become more than itself: presence.

    In the silence, pages whisper. Flickers of Doré's…

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    (…I’ll see you again in sixteen years…)

Popular reviews

  • Sleep Has Her House

    Sleep Has Her House

    SLEEP HAS HER HOUSE is now available on Blu-ray and as a high definition download at: scottbarley.com

    As the sole distributor, this is the only place to purchase the film. You will be directly supporting me too! Thank you. 

    Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
    Edition of 500
    Sleep Has Her House
    Digitally remastered video and sound

    Sleep Has Her House signed artwork print
    Unique print of a frame from the film, signed by Scott Barley
    Dimensions: 12 x 15 cm

    Short films…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    Language, you are, in all your beauty, so inadequate, so incapable of expressing what this film did for — and to — me.

    After being in a oneiric state of true awe for 144 minutes, with the final shot of the film, I surrendered something within me. That’s what it felt like. Something was released, forced out of my chest, and I saw it rise, and I saw my body turn black, charred and withered, like a dead tree. Then…