Tag Archives: Spirit

A Misstep in Film History: Wim Wenders Wings of Desire and Its Masterpiece Status

Although Wenders’ film is masterfully crafted, with some absolutely glorious camera movements, use of light, black and white, and colour, the script reeks of pretense. Wender’s narrative, well intentioned as may be, is too self serious to convey fantasy, yet … Continue reading

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Ordet (Dreyer, 1955)

Such perfect mastery of time and rhythm perhaps unequaled in cinema. A chamber drama with few scenes, each austerely captured by the observing and detached gaze of a languid camera, which carefully tracks the actors deeply nuanced performances in long … Continue reading

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Being, Time, and Rhythm: How Cinema as Art is Life

Rhythmic expression of time exists in three states: cinema, life, mind. When these expressions are in harmony, there is bliss. Rhythmic expression of film in harmony with man’s soul (implicit perception of time) equals acceptance of the aesthetic—declared art, love … Continue reading

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The Turin Horse (Tarr, 2011)

For six days, man and woman each eat a potato, and then dark silence overcomes them. Ritual figures deeply in Tarr’s observation of the death of God. Metonyms of the Lord, the horse will not eat, the wind will not … Continue reading

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The Immigrant (Gray, 2014)

James Gray’s The Immigrant (2014) is a landmark in American Cinema that will one day be credited as a modern masterpiece. It is a tour de force in all respects, taking the most appealing qualities of European art cinema and … Continue reading

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Place Beyond The Pines (Cianfrance, 2012)

Cianfrance’s Place Beyond The Pines strongly evokes the feeling of passage—the passage of time, the passage of motion, the passage of ideas. The balanced structure harmonizes elements of cinematography, narrative, and ultimately narration to achieve a celebration of passing and … Continue reading

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To The Wonder (Malick, 2013)

The film begins with a series of film-photographic images, taken from a variety of sources; they are at once a reflection on the transition from film to digital as well as the transitions in people’s lives. By this end, the … Continue reading

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Bresson, Ranked

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.” Bresson’s style of accentuating minimalist details — closing up and slowing down on body parts or material items — repletes his films with a transcendental slowing down of one’s … Continue reading

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Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson, 1966)

It seems rather fitting that I end this retrospective by watching Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). A retrospective is to look back on a person’s work, and Au Hasard Balthazar is concomitantly both the first Bresson I ever saw, and … Continue reading

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The Long Day Closes (Davies, 1992)

The lighting in The Long Day Closes (1992) is nothing short of brilliance. For it alone, this film is well worth seeing — a must for any avid cinephile. The specific high key lighting, both off and on screen — … Continue reading

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