Fascism and the Father Figure in Bertolucci’s “The Conformist”

Bernardo Bertolucci's tour de force follows a fascist agent of the secret police whose assignment is to assassinate his former university professor. Set mostly in 1938., it doesn't deal with broader societal aspects of the rulling regime, it is a study of a personality, Marcello's, who willingly serves the fascist regime. When one of the … Continue reading Fascism and the Father Figure in Bertolucci’s “The Conformist”

Celebration of Life’s Evening in Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth”

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. Ralph Waldo Emerson We might add that this applies to the filmmakers like Paolo Sorrentino as well. Sorrentino portrays the holiness of days passing and the divine in men with particular … Continue reading Celebration of Life’s Evening in Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth”

Beauty Amidst Decay – Luchino Visconti’s “Death in Venice”

Luchino Visconti’s Death In Venice is an adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novel; it follows Gustav von Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde), a composer who, due to ill health, comes to Venice. The film explores the encounter of true beauty amidst the decay – Venice is struck down by a plague toward the end of the film. The … Continue reading Beauty Amidst Decay – Luchino Visconti’s “Death in Venice”

L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962) “Looming Shadow of Modernity”

It is somewhat ironic that we are commemorating a total solar eclipse which occurred in the United States a week ago, with a film that can be easily interpreted through Marxist lenses. Although, since the Cold War is over, one can afford such leeway. Speaking of the Cold War, L’eclisse was filmed in the aftermath … Continue reading L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962) “Looming Shadow of Modernity”