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The Concept of Man—Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tarkovsky’s Solaris

An artist’s cinematic world more or less creates a tunnel to his personality and ideas. The decisions an artist makes about the creation of the film universe are inextricably bound to his personal philosophy. In the cases of Kubrick and Tarkovsky, reality adheres to a set of radically personal visions and a highly stylized approach […]

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Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Analysis Volume 1 & 2: Brechtian Alienation Effect

Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac is more than the media controversy surrounding it. Sex is not news for Trier’s films, whose Zentropa film company, aside from producing Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, has also produced female-targeted porn films such as All About Anna, and of course Trier’s Antichrist, in which Charlotte Gainsbourg’s character cut her clitoris with […]

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Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt Analysis: Truth, Lies, and False Memory

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (Jagten) follows the story of the kinder garden teacher Lucas (played by Mads Mikkelsen) who is wrongly accused of abusing a little girl. The Hunt, which was nominated for Best Foreign Picture Oscar, deals with truth, lies, and the way they shape reality perception. The movie’s deceptively simple plot examines  the psychological phenomenon false […]

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Waking Life Bed Scene with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy Chapter 5 “Death and Reality”| The Death of the Author

Probably because of the director’s philosophical background, Richard Linklater’s Waking Life explores existentialism, free will, and even the favorite topic the lie of reality. This post, however, will focus only on the bedroom scene with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, both frequent collaborators with Linklater, and its relation to another favorite topic, the death of […]

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Nebraska’s Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael’s Visual Expression of Detachment | Oscars 2014

Nebraska by Alexander Payne focuses on the everyday, non-spectacular life of aging Woody Grant (played by Bruce Dern), his wife, and sons. With its emphasis on the non-dramatic, the film reminds of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Because it is defying the mainstream cinema expectations for drama and spectacle, Nebraska is probably unlikely to win the Best […]

Richard Linklater Boyhood. Berlin Film Festivals

Richard Linklater Boyhood Movie | Berlin Film Festival Preview

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is an ambitious film following the life of a young boy over the span of 12 years— from age 6 to 18. Principal photography started in 2002 in Texas. The movie had 39 shooting days spread over a stretch of more than 4000 days. Richard Linklater chose the 12-year span because it […]

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Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and the Lie of Reality

Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” is a postmodern take on the realistic illusion of film. It is a self-referential exploration of the truth-value of artificial images and the “entertainment” of violence. It is also a meticulous technical exercise in repetitive breaking and building of the fourth wall—a meta-fiction that calls attention to its own artifice. “Well […]