Uncanny Portals And Standing Stones (Children Of The Stones, The Owl Service and Barbara Hepworth)- Part 2.

Part 1. Portals, Dimensions and Time. For Barbara Hepworth the process actually began in Yorkshire, and Cornwall is the second and last English phase of a basic topographical emotion which is no longer a matter of geography but one of the mind and creation. Neither is it any longer a matter of feeling for landscape … Continue reading Uncanny Portals And Standing Stones (Children Of The Stones, The Owl Service and Barbara Hepworth)- Part 2.

Emerson’s Nature and Sleep Furiously (2008) – Gideon Koppel.

Nature is always present or at the very least contrasted against something in Gideon Koppel's nostalgia portrait, Sleep Furiously (2008).  In spite of the film being a very clear ethnographic postcard from the director's past, having lived previously in the Welsh town of Trefeurig, it manages to underline its gentle portraiture with a sense of … Continue reading Emerson’s Nature and Sleep Furiously (2008) – Gideon Koppel.

Isolation And Madness In Cul-De-Sac (1966) – Roman Polanski.

Few films are as explicit in their depiction of character relationships that are at the mercy of the fluctuating landscape than Roman Polanski's 1966 film, Cul-De-Sac.  Polanski had been to both ends of the environmental spectrum within his previous two films - the open waters of Knife In The Water (1962) and the cramped, claustrophobic … Continue reading Isolation And Madness In Cul-De-Sac (1966) – Roman Polanski.

Death and Landscape in Drowning By Numbers (1988) – Peter Greenaway.

In Henry David Thoreau's influential work, Walden (1854), he speaks of many elements of the natural landscape and the deeper meaning within it.  Tying into the first movement of transcendentalism, Thoreau's was one of a number of works that sought out inner spirituality within a journey toward the outside.  One quote seems particularly prescient, both … Continue reading Death and Landscape in Drowning By Numbers (1988) – Peter Greenaway.