They Lay With Debris – Wreckage in Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979)

“In the morning they leave. The animals, birds, and insects that watched in horror through the long night creep out from their hiding places. And what do they see? Old spark plugs and old filters strewn around... Rags, burnt-out bulbs, and a monkey wrench left behind... And of course, the usual mess—apple cores, sweet wrappers, … Continue reading They Lay With Debris – Wreckage in Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979)

Collapse and Gesture in Michael Haneke’s Happy End (2017)

This article contains spoilers. Though Michael Haneke is at pains to stress the nuance of his opinions regarding digital life and discourse  - see, for example, his recent interview with the BFI - it is undeniable that his film work has had a consistent approach to media and what he believes its effects are upon Western … Continue reading Collapse and Gesture in Michael Haneke’s Happy End (2017)

Still life in Margaret Tait’s My Room (1951)

I was walking through the National Gallery recently when I came across Jan Trek’s Still Life (1648) painting with its atmospheric rendering of ephemera. Within it sits a skull, some books, manuscripts, the helmet of a suit of armour and other such seemingly random objects. I had been thinking about similar paintings for some time, … Continue reading Still life in Margaret Tait’s My Room (1951)

Cartographic Time In Jacques Rivette’s Le Pont Du Nord

In 1946, Jorge Luis Borges published the micro-short story, On Exactitude In Science. The piece is a fictionalised fragment, supposedly taken from Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV, Cap. XLV, Lérida, (1658) written by the equally fictional Suárez Miranda. The piece addresses the role of perception in cartography, relying on the irony of mapmakers attempting … Continue reading Cartographic Time In Jacques Rivette’s Le Pont Du Nord

The Temporal Disruptions of Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras was never keen to allow cinema an easy route out. Adapting her own stories into feature films, it seems that the writer, rather than compromise the ghostly qualities of her books, experimented and destabilised the narrative aspects of film form to suit her needs. Like her contemporary, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Duras made many attempts … Continue reading The Temporal Disruptions of Marguerite Duras

Phantom Coincidence in W.G. Sebald’s “Remembered Triptych…”

I was sat on a couch in Strasbourg reading essays by Teju Cole, the volume Known And Strange Things published quite recently by Faber and Faber. It was night and I was alone, glancing up occasionally, as I often do when in my partner's flat, to stare at the city's famous cathedral lit up at night. … Continue reading Phantom Coincidence in W.G. Sebald’s “Remembered Triptych…”

Interview: David Gladwell on Cinema and Requiem For A Village

This interview was originally was published on the Small Cinema Liverpool website with thanks to Sam Meech and the BFI. However, since the closure and destruction of the cinema by Liverpool developers, the website has since been closed. This interview is saved here for posterity and in appreciation of a much underrated editor, filmmaker and … Continue reading Interview: David Gladwell on Cinema and Requiem For A Village