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  • Rebel Without a Cause

  • Blow-Up

    ★★★★

  • L'Argent

    ★★★★½

  • Satantango

    ★★★★★

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  • Rebel Without a Cause

    Rebel Without a Cause

    God is Dead: solving the filmic complication of automatism

    Symbols are one additional level of abstraction. The application of mystical levers must only be necessary when articulated language can no longer suffice. Rejecting this conceptualization, form begins to corrupt content. Obviously, the idea form doctors content is an almost Kuleshovian precept with specific interest on the indexicality of expression. However, the consumer should yearn for their media products to be genetically coded by the medium and not the adulterous mind…

  • 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.

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  • 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…

  • Burning

    Burning

    One of the many key fundamentals of film criticism, is the ability to recognise when a narrative is in focus. My definition for ‘narrative focus’ has jumped around over the years. One can Google the term and find an unhelpful paragraph stating: “Narrative focus is when the audience is led in the same direction.” This definition is completely inaccurate and almost totally inapt. The genius of cinema is that a director can direct in many directions and the more talented…