Sunday, 26 January 2014

Weird Evil

This film is on an expedition.  It is searching for the one image that will encapsulate its subject: Bokassa, Emperor of the Central African Republic; tyrant, womanizer, and - and this seems certain - mad.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Religion of Revolution

Rainer!  Have you been reading Guy Debord?  Yes?  No?  Have you been watching Godard and Anderson?  Weekend.  If.  Are these films colonising your camera?  “Possibly, but not in the way you imagine.”  You talk in riddles, and I do not understand you...  Oh, I see, you are, as always, going you own way, doing your own thing; so that we are never quite sure which side you’re on, even when you are on the right side, the side, that is, of the revolution. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

New Gods Now

Only art is saved.  This could be the literal truth.  The objects of art and craft the only things to survive the Middle Ages; the Universal Church long gone, its remnants transubstantiated in Lutheran ritual.  This film, then, a mere truism; although the director surely had some other idea in mind when he allowed these clowns to escape Death’s omnivorous gaze. 

To be clear about our argument we must look at what actually happens to Jof and Mia (and their baby)…

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Young and Free

The window frames it.
Summer sunlight
Shimmering like water
Ripples on the wall…

And there she is!
A white blouse
Loose at the waist
She rolls her buttocks

Waving her knickers
On a chorus of giggles,
Her blue skirt
Floating with a frown.

And the old couple
Walks towards her
Enjoying the scene.
Her black flag

Dwindling in the distance
As I look back
A thorny bush swallows
The beautiful backside

And I see them
Rounding the bend…
A cloud shifts
The light vanishes.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Goodbye Fate!

This is a very British film, even though it is set in Romania and there is no English dialogue.  It is British because of its irony and the emotional control that allows the irony so much prominence.  Here is a movie that has been thought out quite coolly.  This has its risks, of course.  The film exposed to all the dangers of too much self-consciousness; such as, for example, skirting too close to the edge of plot; indeed, there are times when it almost falls over that edge - the ending just a little too good, and it is good, to feel completely true.  The mind that created this film likes puzzles.  It first creates them.  Then it solves them beautifully…