Sounds of The Birds (1963) – Alfred Hitchcock.

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Few directors have had their relationship with music analysed as much as Alfred Hitchcock.  His natural ability to select the right composer to almost brand his films aurally has often meant that the musical scores have become synonymous with his … Continue reading

The Aural Aesthetics of Ghosts in BBC Ghost Stories – Part 1 (Introduction).

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Manifesting The Supernatural: The Aural Aesthetics Of Ghosts In BBC Ghost Stories. Introduction. “When Monty first began to write them, with the intention of inducing a pleasing terror in his listeners, he did so as an avid and discerning reader … Continue reading

Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari (1920) – Masters of Cinema Restoration.

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Shadows dance upon the walls of Robert Wiene’s Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari (1920).  The world of shadows and light, edges and angles, the slanted and the macabre, all seem so much more at home in silent cinema as a … Continue reading

A Musicological Study of Ken Russell’s Composer Films – Part 4 (The Music Lovers).

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Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Transitional Films and Symbolic Representations of Classical Composers. In spite of using the visual form as an excuse for experimentation with documentary and biography as seen in his films for the BBC, it wasn’t … Continue reading

The Music of Folk Horror – Part 8 (Conclusions).

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Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7. Conclusions From the analysis of only a handful of British folk horror films, it has been shown that they rely heavily on their music in order to … Continue reading

The Unleashing of Repressed Eroticism in Black Narcissus (1947) and The Shining (1980).

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The geographical make-up of a film’s scenario is often a subtle root-cause of its dramatic effect.  The sense of place, both its physical and psychological attributes, can be so overwhelming that whole narratives can follow the buckling of characters under … Continue reading

The Uncanny in Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922)- Benjamin Christensen.

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In one of the first attempts I made at canonising the sub-genre of Folk Horror, I likened the majority of its films to be brilliant but mere fugues on the ideas presented in Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages … Continue reading

Great British Documentaries.

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“In documentary we deal with the actual, and in one sense with the real. But the really real, if I may use that phrase, is something deeper than that. The only reality which counts in the end is the interpretation … Continue reading

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