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 idea itself can apply to several pieces of cinema, all … Continue reading Collapsing Belief Systems and The Nietzschean Death – (Winter Light, The White Ribbon, The Turin Horse).
A dark vein of sorrow flows through many films by Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman. With his constant obsession with death, whether it be in the physical sense of the metaphorical death of emotion or belief, his films often pack a punch way ahead of their times. In his so-called “Faith trilogy”, Bergman assesses the death of things dearest to the human psyche such as religion, … Continue reading Winter Light – Ingmar Bergman (1963)