Repetition And Occultism Of Invocation Of My Demon Brother (1969) – Kenneth Anger.


There exist volumes of academic research and work surrounding the role of repetition in religious and cultural practices.  Repeated actions of any type, creating an easily recognisable mimesis, seems almost an aesthetic by-word for a normalised analytical framework of cultural … Continue reading

Analogue Ghosts of the 1970s And Hauntology.


There seems to be an overt connection between analogue recording technology (of both the visual and aural varieties) and the narratives surrounding paranormal activity in 1970s British fantasy television.  Of course, there are no doubt connections between the interest in … Continue reading

Cinematic Identity Crises and Francis Bacon – Part 2 (The Shout).


Part 1. The Shout (1978) “I’ve always desired to be able to paint the mouth like Monet could paint the sunset.” – Francis Bacon (1966, interview with David Sylvester). Though Jerzy Skolimowski’s The Shout (1978) is equally as complex as … Continue reading

Fugitive Refuge In The Landscape – (A Cottage On Dartmoor, The 39 Steps, Hunted, Rogue Male).


Within the British tradition of the “Chase and Pursuit” drama, there are several reoccurring themes.  The idea of a lone individual being chased through different topographies by a group seems to have been popularised in Britain by the Second World … Continue reading

Ringo’s Dérive in A Hard Day’s Night (1964).


Richard Lester’s film collaboration with The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night (1964), has been attributed many aspects of foreshadowing modern culture.  From the almost accidental invention of the surrealism-infused music video to the defining of pre-counter-culture 1960s Britain and London, … Continue reading

Cinematic Identity Crises and Francis Bacon – Part 1 (Performance).


Introduction The paintings of Francis Bacon have been so often alluded to within post-1960s British cinema that it more often than not loses a sense of consistent meaning and turns more readily into a repeated meme for cultural acknowledgement.  Since … Continue reading

The Fårö Landscape and Relationships in Scenes From A Marriage (1973) – Ingmar Bergman.


Scenes From A Marriage was Ingmar Bergman’s first successful attempt to work in the medium of serialised television.  It signposts many of the changes that the director would make during his work in the decade of the 1970s from an … Continue reading

Alchemical Magic in Derek Jarman’s The Tempest (1979).


Forever a cinematic alchemist – a sage that conjured and devoured celluloid before the eventual ritualistic sacrifice- Derek Jarman is the perfect suitor to Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1979); a play whose heart is bathed in the tragedy and power of … Continue reading

Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970) – Duality Through Sound And Vision (Part 4).


Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Conclusions. Whilst this essay has attempted to be as detailed as possible in its readings of Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders, there’s little doubt that covering every aspect of the film would be an … Continue reading

Repetition, Adorno and 71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance (Haneke).


Much has been written about the stark comparisons between the cinema of Michael Haneke and the culture theories of the Frankfurt School of philosophy.  In the 2010 book, A Companion To Michael Haneke, Roy Grundmann devotes a whole essay in … Continue reading