After recently finishing Helen Macdonald’s excellent book, H Is For Hawk, a number of connections and synchronicities emerged that all seemed in some way to tie in to its various chapters and ideas. Whilst many of these were of a more personal, emotional nature, the chief connection of interest lay in the presence of hawks in Powell and Pressburger’s 1944 film, A Canterbury Tale. This … Continue reading Falconry, H Is For Hawk, and Powell & Pressburger.
While many British films take full advantage of the rural potential that “this spectered isle” can provide, there seems to be another sub-sect to this branch film, often finding its way into British horror cinema. Of course, this isn’t as clear cut as simply analysing films under the guise of “Rural Horror” or “Folk Horror” but there is a small batch of British horror films … Continue reading Films On The Strange British Coastline.
The audio-visual theory of diegesis probably does have some form of basic, traditional film theory equivalent. The splitting of film sound into what the characters and the audience can hear and the differences and problems this can cause are the basis for so much, often excessive, film sound theory. For a film such as Michael Powell and Ernest Pressburger’s The Red Shoes (1948), the audio … Continue reading The Red Shoes (Powell & Pressburger) – Visual Forms of Diegesis.