This is an edited transcript of a talk given at Norwich Castle on Tuesday the 27th of August 2019. Detail has been edited, aspects taken out and points clarified from the original talk. My thanks to Dr. Nick Warr and Philippa Comber in particular for the help and information given both before and after the talk. Introduction Considering the wealth of imagery on the walls … Continue reading Echoes & Imprints: Towards A Sebaldian Cinema
On a rock, there sits a man lost in thought. Or perhaps he is not thinking at all and is instead letting the landscape around him fill his thoughts unconsciously. Werner Herzog’s 1976 film, Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas), has one of the director’s strongest opening set of images as the main character of the film sits in a foggy Bavarian landscape with life … Continue reading Heart Of Glass (1976) – Optimism in Destruction
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970) – Duality Through Sound and Vision. Jaromil Jireš’ Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970) is a cornucopia of images and sound. Its vision is of a complex blossoming of sexuality amidst the visual and thematic realisations of a Freudian dreamscape, driven primarily by the lack of understanding and misinterpretation caused by social naivety. The narrative rarely ascends to … Continue reading Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (1970) – Duality Through Sound and Vision (Part 1).
There’s a mist descending on a small Bavarian village as chaos threatens to impede progress when a traditional secret is lost with the death of its proprietor. This description could be a muddy folk horror born from the soil of Britannia but, against all odds, it is a strangely distant film by German visionary, Werner Herzog. The director seems just as comfortable with mythic tradition, … Continue reading Heart Of Glass – Werner Herzog (1976)
Recently I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with a new project company in Liverpool called Art Shaped. The article below is a response to viewing The Right Way by Fischli and Weiss which was especially imported from a gallery in Switzerland. The project produced a zine which is where this article can be originally found and was given out at the screening. Along with other articles, … Continue reading Herzog + Postgate = Fischli and Weiss? (Art Shaped Liverpool)
Article originally published on http://www.ACEliverpool.com There’s something wonderfully timeless about early vampire films. No matter how aged the visuals of screen adaptations look, the bare bones of the narrative make them compelling and often affecting slices of drama. Even the word Nosferatu drips with gothic headiness and its jagged inflections speak of something dark, morbid and supernatural. Though not a completely accurate adaptation of Bram … Continue reading Nosferatu – A Comparison. (F.W Murnau, Werner Herzog)
Werner Herzog is a dangerous director. Not content with simply make believe, he appears to enjoy a masochistic relationship with actually putting himself through his own film’s narratives and challenges. Perhaps he feels that it yields the best results but it’s obvious when watching any of his films that more blood, sweat and tears have gone into making them than pretty much any other filmmaker … Continue reading Aguirre, The Wrath of God – Werner Herzog (1972)