Art, Life and Spirit in Emile Cioran’s and Thomas Mann’s Youthful Works

“But what is it, to be an artist? Nothing shows up the general human dislike of thinking, and man’s innate craving to be comfortable, better than his attitude to this question. When these worthy people are affected by a work of art, they say humbly that that sort of thing is a ‘gift’. And because … Continue reading Art, Life and Spirit in Emile Cioran’s and Thomas Mann’s Youthful Works

5 Melancholic Films Which Can Inspire You Into Creativity (Melancolia I)

While interpreting Albert Dürer’s engraving Melancolia I, professor of art history Bonnie Noble writes: “Dürer’s intellect, introspection, and unrelenting perfectionism may have driven him to a state of melancholia—what is now known as depression. Dürer’s famed Melencolia I engraving of 1514 has been called the artist’s psychological self-portrait, and indeed the image does convey the terrible struggle … Continue reading 5 Melancholic Films Which Can Inspire You Into Creativity (Melancolia I)

In Stanley Kubrick’s Words: 3 Most Consistent and Original Contemporary Directors

I believe Ingmar Bergman, Vittorio De Sica, and Federico Fellini are the only three filmmakers in the world who are not just artistic opportunists. By this I mean they don’t just sit and wait for a good story to come along and then make it. They have a point of view which is expressed over … Continue reading In Stanley Kubrick’s Words: 3 Most Consistent and Original Contemporary Directors

In Andrei Tarkovsky’s Words: Russia’s Michelangelo and Tyranny of the Spirit

An artist never works under ideal conditions. If they existed, his work wouldn’t exist, for the artist does not live in a vacuum. Some sort of pressure must exist. The artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would … Continue reading In Andrei Tarkovsky’s Words: Russia’s Michelangelo and Tyranny of the Spirit

The Lives of Others (2006): 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 Lives of Others (2006): Auschwitz of the Soul

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”