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 aesthetic and a thematic position.  Though a later cut was edited down and sold as … Continue reading The Fårö Landscape and Relationships in Scenes From A Marriage (1973) – Ingmar Bergman.

Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013) – The Violence of Family.

Revenge films have the unfortunate reputation of being simplistic in their outlook yet, looking at the sub-genre's past and present condition, it shows itself to be perhaps the most intelligent form of critical questioning of the role of violence in media and in real life.  This rather strange assumption of the sub-genre is even more … Continue reading Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013) – The Violence of Family.

Persona (1966) – Consequences of a Silent World (Ingmar Bergman)

This article contains spoilers. Though drenched in visual complexities and sharp, hap-hazard editing, Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (1966) is film that is aurally interesting as it is exhilarating to view.  Its opening segment of film footage from all corners of cinematic life, spliced together to form a montage of passing thoughts and nightmares, is actually a … Continue reading Persona (1966) – Consequences of a Silent World (Ingmar Bergman)

Collapsing Belief Systems and The Nietzschean Death – (Winter Light, The White Ribbon, The Turin Horse).

One of Friedrich Nietzsche’s more famous and strangely popular idioms is his “Death of God” theory presented through the madman in his 1883 work The Gay Science.  Though it has been used for all sorts of philosophical and theological purpose, often twisting it to fit whatever schematics the debater wants to shape it into, the … Continue reading Collapsing Belief Systems and The Nietzschean Death – (Winter Light, The White Ribbon, The Turin Horse).