A Musicological Study of Ken Russell’s Composer Films – Part 3 (The Debussy Film).

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Part 1. Part 2. The Dramatisation of History in The Debussy Film (1965). For a film relatively early on in Russell’s portrayals of classical composers, The Debussy Film is surprisingly knowing about the director’s position as story-teller in the relaying … Continue reading

The Music of Folk Horror – Part 7 (Musical Anachronisms).

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Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Musical Anachronisms – Naturally and Overtly. “Let’s just say there aren’t many films set in the reign of William and Mary in which the devil rebuilds his body … Continue reading

Norte, The End Of History – Lav Diaz (2013).

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This review contains plot details. Dostoevsky is a brutal writer, wringing moral development out of human suffering and calamity perhaps like no other.  When approaching his film adaptations, there is a gulf between the filmmakers that get clogged down with … Continue reading

Deception and False Uptopia in the Films of Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps).

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“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself … Continue reading

Blackwood (2013) – Adam Wimpenny.

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The ghost story has had a resurgence lately in film and television.  Perhaps the increasing reliance on distancing technology and social media has lead to a desire to retread older forms that now seem prescient but there’s no doubt that … Continue reading

A Musicological Study of Ken Russell’s Composer Films – Part 2 (Monitor and Bartok).

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Part 1. BBC Monitor and the Use of Audio-Visual Form as Musicological Comment. The medium that Russell first gained traction in was not in fact film but in television documentaries.  The flop of his first feature film, French Dressing (1964), … Continue reading

The Music of Folk Horror – Part 6 (Blood on Satan’s Claw).

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Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Musical Avant-Garde and Overt Anachronisms in Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971). “I think the other thing that appealed to me was the rural setting.  The nooks and crannies of woodland, … Continue reading

An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picket (2013) – Danis Tanovic.

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Communities that live on the fringes of modern society have always had a particular interest to a certain breed of filmmakers.  Ken Loach focuses on some aspects of this in his work while Pier Paolo Pasolini positively insists on involving … Continue reading

Trailer – The Coastal Path.

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Here’s a trailer for my next short film called The Coastal Path.  It’s a ghost story and filmed on both digital and super 8 film.  I’ll be going into detail about the film when it is eventually available to watch … Continue reading

A Musicological Study of Ken Russell’s Composer Films – Part 1 (Introduction).

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The Russell Prism: How Ken Russell’s Auteuristic Aesthetics Presents a Reception Study of Classical Music and its Composers. The following essay was a dummy-run dissertation for my Masters course before realising that the subject had already been covered thrice in … Continue reading