On the Role and Power of Film Criticism

For Martin Heidegger, the role of linguistic poetry is in preserving the primordial poetry of language. “Other modes of poetry, such as visual arts and architecture, only occur within the clearing of beings, which is opened by language.”[1] In Heidegger's words: “Building and plastic creation, on the other hand, happen, always and only, in the … Continue reading On the Role and Power of Film Criticism

Early Spring (Zagreb, Croatia; May 1st 2020)

To keep this blog film-related, I decided that the title of each subsequent post dealing with my experiences after the Zagreb earthquake, and the destruction of my home, will be the film title of a great film I love, with a symbolic undertone. For this post, I chose Yasujirō Ozu's Early Spring. Although it is … Continue reading Early Spring (Zagreb, Croatia; May 1st 2020)

Transgression of the Sexual Taboo in Nagisa Oshima’s “In the Realm of the Senses”

  The concept of “obscenity” is tested when we dare to look at something that we desire to see but have forbidden ourselves to look at. When we feel that everything has been revealed, “obscenity” disappears and there is a certain liberation. When that which one had wanted to see isn’t sufficiently revealed, however, the … Continue reading Transgression of the Sexual Taboo in Nagisa Oshima’s “In the Realm of the Senses”

In Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Words “The Danger of Symbolism in Imagery”

“What I am trying to do when I use symbols is to awaken in your unconscious some reaction. I am very conscious of what I am using because symbols can be very dangerous. When we use normal language we can defend ourselves because our society is a linguistic society, a semantic society. But when you … Continue reading In Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Words “The Danger of Symbolism in Imagery”

David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” as the Painting of a Lost Mind

  The camera is focused on a highway, its yellow stripes are passing by rapidly, and Bowie’s song I'm Deranged is playing; a highly suggestive introduction into the film. In the opening shot, we see a man smoking a cigarette, by carefully following the narrative throughout the film, we can recollect that he is in … Continue reading David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” as the Painting of a Lost Mind

Céline Sciamma’s Study of Eurydice’s Gaze in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

At the beginning of the film, we see a paintress conversing with her students, and in the background, there is a picture they brought, but they should not. The painting portrays a grayish landscape, and a woman with her dress on fire, slowly walking towards it centre, so it seems. The majority of the painting … Continue reading Céline Sciamma’s Study of Eurydice’s Gaze in “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

5 Great Films Portraying the Fall of 20th-century Empires and Dictatorships

This list deals with two Asian emperors who lost their empire in the course of their lives, the Chinese Emperor Puyi and the Japanese Emperor Hirohito, and two totalitarian leaders Hitler and Stalin. The first lost his totalitarian empire before he died, while the second died of natural causes and his legacy was swiftly replaced, … Continue reading 5 Great Films Portraying the Fall of 20th-century Empires and Dictatorships

In Robert Bresson’s Words “Life as a Stage and Life as a Dream”

Two types of films: those that employ the resources of the theater (actors, direction etc...) and use the camera in order to reproduce; those that employ the resources of cinematography and use the camera to create. Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer Robert Bresson, a French director who gave us many masterpieces, Au Hasard Balthazar, … Continue reading In Robert Bresson’s Words “Life as a Stage and Life as a Dream”

The Nameless God: Ingmar Bergman’s Mythical Tale “The Virgin Spring”

  Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring is an adaptation of a thirteen century Swedish ballad. Christanity became a state religion in Sweden in the twelfth century, while the process of Christianization of Sweden began roughly in the ninth century. This means that the tale we witness on the screen, portrays an age in which Christianity … Continue reading The Nameless God: Ingmar Bergman’s Mythical Tale “The Virgin Spring”

In Federico Fellini’s Words “Movies = Dreams“

Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second, and you can hop from one place to another. It's a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream. Federico Fellini … Continue reading In Federico Fellini’s Words “Movies = Dreams“