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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 […]

Andrei Tarkovsky Interview on Filmmaking

Andrei Tarkovksy on Filmmaking: “Cinema Uses Your Life, Not Vise Versa”

From Werner Herzog you can always expect practical filmmaking advice along the lines of “If you want to do a film, steal a camera, steal raw stock.” And he actually did steal a camera from the Berlin Film School and used it to film his first 7 films—which only proves it is a great filmmaking approach. […]

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Charlie Kaufman Interview on Scriptwriting & Why “Movies Lie a Lot”

That films lie becomes especially obvious behind the scenes where one can see all the special effects films like Only God Forgives use. That’s why filmmaker Werner Herzog said, “What we do as filmmakers is immaterial. It’s only a projection of light. […] It’s illusionist work.” Similarly, Michael Haneke said, “Film is 24 lies per second […]

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Watch: The Soviet Theory of Montage & Eisenstein’s Five Editing Methods

One of filmslie’s previous posts examined Sergei Eisenstein’s influential theory of montage and its idea of creating new meaning through film editing. From Chris Marker’s La Jetee which creates the illusion of movement through dissolves and fades to Paul Sharits’ Word Play which demonstrates how meaning can be created and destroyed, from Hollis Frampton’s Nostalgia which […]

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Robert Bresson On Filmmaking Part Four “Notes on Cinematography”

The first part of’s coverage of Robert Bresson’s seminal book on cinema and film theory “Notes on Cinematography” examined some of the filmmaker’s thoughts on the difference between cinema and theater. Part two compiled eclectic quotes, including the memorable “Your film must resemble what you see on shutting your eyes. (You must be capable, at […]

Special Effects in Only God Forgives

How Films Lie: The Special Effects in Only God Forgives by Nicolas Winding Refn

Werner Herzog once said, “What we do as filmmakers is immaterial. It’s only a projection of light. […] It’s illusionist work.” Hollis Frampton similarly observed the physicality of cinema and defined film as “anything that may be put in a projector that will modulate the emerging beam of light. […] A film is a ribbon of […]

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Ingmar Bergman Interview “Persona Saved My Life”

This is an old and odd interview Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman did at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. It is of very questionable quality in terms of cinematography, editing, and content, and somehow everything about it is vintage. Towards the end of the video, Bergman is interrupted midway through his sentence, only to be replaced […]

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Robert Bresson on Film Sound and Music: Part Three of “Notes On Cinematography”

Part one and two of’s coverage of Robert Bresson’s seminal cinema book “Notes on Cinematography” examined some of  Bresson’s favorite topics–the differences between cinema and theater, the meaning film images acquire through editing, and the cinematic representation of reality. Part three will delve into Bresson’s thoughts on film music and sound, which are particularly […]

Robert Bresson Notes On Cinematography

Robert Bresson “Notes On Cinematography” Part Two

In Part One of Bresson’s seminal book, the director shared his insights into the relation between truth, reality, and film, the differences between cinema and other art, and imagining the movie before it has been made. His ponderings on the cinema art have influenced directors such as Michael Haneke, who seems to be especially interested in Bresson’s examination […]

Robert Bresson Notes on Cinematography

Robert Bresson’s “Notes on Cinematography” Part One

Robert Bresson is one of the main figures of the French New Wave. His movies explore the moral, the just, and the personal, although that’s probably an oversimplification of his works. And if Sergei Eisenstein and Francis Ford Coppola delved into cinema editing, Bresson examined cinema theory (which he referred to as “cinematography.”) Bresson’s cinema […]

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Watch: What Film Editors Do, Coppola about Editing & the Basics of Eisenstein’s Film Montage

Of all the cinematic elements, editing probably stands out as the most peculiar and unique for the film art. True, there is editing in writing, but it is not quite the same. Editing a text is most often the process of ironing out of speling, tyipng punctuation and stylistic errors, the removing of sentences, paragraphs, etc. But […]

Thomas Vinterberg The Hunt Film Analysis Jagten

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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Eric Weihenmayer’s BrainPort: the Blind Climber of Mount Everest Who Sees With His Tongue

Andrew Parker’s Light Switch Theory proposed vision and the eyes were the driving force of the great diversification of species during the Cambrian explosion. According to Lynne Isabell, the complex human vision is one of the reasons for the large human brain and superior intelligence. She postulated the intricate human visual system and the ability […]

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Visual Illusions: The McGurk Effect and How Your Senses Are Lying to You

Andrew Parker established vision as the driving force for the “explosion” of new life forms during the Cambrian period with his Light Switch Theory, which suggested the evolutionary importance of vision was initially the predator-prey relationship. Lynne Isabell proposed humans see better than any other species because of the evolutionary pressure of snakes. She concluded the complex human […]

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Stuff John Frusciante Documentary by Johnny Depp and Gibby Haynes | Happy Birthday, John Frusciante

Today guitarist John Frusciante turns 44. Frusciante, born in New York in 1970, is most well-known as an ex-member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but his obscure solo career and film projects showcase his talent as an avant-garde artist. Frusciante used to be good friends with actor River Phoenix, and the two even recorded […]

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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 […]


New Oscar Categories Compilation: Twitter Oscars Buzz #NewOscarCategories

With just a few days to the 2014 Oscars, the social media has been hashtagging and chit-chatting all sorts of Oscars-related trivia. In the most recent case, Thursday night Twitter blew up with Comedy Central’s @midnight show Hashtag War. The topic was #NewOscarCategories, which was the top Twitter trend for Thursday evening and continued well […]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death: Homo Posthumous and A Portrait of The Artist as a Dead Man

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death hit the news and went viral on February 2nd. Ever since then, his popularity seems to be skyrocketing. All over the world, journalists, bloggers, and fans have been reinventing his acting, revisiting his addiction, analyzing the details of his life, and (de)mystifying his death. Hoffman’s death seems to follow the familiar […]

False Memory Elizabeth Loftus

False Memory: Elizabeth Loftus and the Fiction of Memory

Elizabeth Loftus is an American cognitive psychologist who studies memory. However, she is quick to point out: I don’t study when people forget. I study the opposite: when they remember, when they remember things that didn’t happen or remember things that were different from the way they really were. I study false memories. False memories […]

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The Death of The Author: Roland Barthes and The Collapse of Meaning

“The Death of the Author” by Roland Barthes  is a landmark for 20-th century literature, literary theory, post-structuralism, and postmodernism. The essay opposes the established trends “in ordinary culture […] tyrannically centered on the author, his person, his life,” and abolish the classical literary criticism that analyses a literary work within the biographical and personal […]

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Light Switch Theory—Andrew Parker and the Evolution of Eyes “In The Blink of an Eye”

Eyes first appeared approximately 543 million years ago during the Cambrian period—the geological period that marks the rapid increase in biodiversity. According to Andrew Parker’s Light  Switch Theory, vision is key for the understanding of the Cambrian. The reason for the so-called “Cambrian explosion”—because life suddenly “exploded”—has been studied extensively, including by Charles Darwin who […]

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The Human Eye and the Evolution of Vision—”The Fruit, The Tree, and The Serpent” by Lynne Isabell

Although Michael Haneke may disagree, cinema is a visual art first and foremost. As such, the theme of visual perception and the human eye is widely explored in movies, such as Michael Snow’s Wavelength. The highly complex vision is one of the distinctive features of humans. As anthropology, paleontology, and natural selection have proven, the […]