Everlasting Iniquities of the Fathers: Haneke’s “The White Ribbon”

The White Ribbon is, as it is proclaimed at the beginning of the film: “A German’s Children Story”. It is narrated by the School Teacher who is now in his late years, and has presumably survived two World Wars. He says “I don’t know if the story I am about to tell you is entirely … Continue reading Everlasting Iniquities of the Fathers: Haneke’s “The White Ribbon”

The Horror of the Staasi in “The Lives of Others”: Auschwitz of the Soul

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's expressionism, as it can be seen in his painting "Mountains and Houses In the Snow", conveys the overstressed colors which are on the verge of puncture. For this article, white and its sublime horror presented in the painting are particularly interesting. The symbolism of this use of white will  be present throughout … Continue reading The Horror of the Staasi in “The Lives of Others”: Auschwitz of the Soul

Celestial Purity and Carnality in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire”

The original title of the film Wings of Desire is Der Himmel über Berlin (Sky Over Berlin); the English title beautifully captures the main antinomy present in the film – the one between spirituality and celestial purity and the carnal, eroticism and sensuality. In Marion’s character, the sensuality and existentialist wondering about being-in-the-world (Heidegger) are … Continue reading Celestial Purity and Carnality in Wim Wenders’ “Wings of Desire”