When whole continents of viewers believe you to have made your best and most accomplished film on your first go, two things can potentially happen. Arrogance can take a hold turning you into a useless artist or the burden or pressure to create something just as brilliant can cripple. For some reason though neither of these factors seem to have bothered Orson Welles too much … Continue reading F For Fake – Orson Welles (1973)
Last week saw the passing away of one of Japan’s greatest and most forward thinking directors to appear in the country’s golden age of cinema. At the age of 100 Kaneto Shindo was still going strong having only made his last film in 2010 as well as his much overdue retrospective starting at BFI Southbank being mere days later, it seems his life was one … Continue reading Onibaba – Kaneto Shindo (1964)
F.W. Murnau should be a name familiar to everyone. Sadly this is not the case so some explanation should be given as to his importance. He was one of the key instigators of the German expressionist movement, a group of films that not only visually defy the time in which they were made but are also almost always beautiful to look at. Faust: A German Folk … Continue reading Faust – F.W Murnau (1926).