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

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”

Looming Shadows of Modernity in Antonioni’s “L’Eclisse”

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 Looming Shadows of Modernity in Antonioni’s “L’Eclisse”

Poetry of Destructive Love in Wong Kar-wai’s “2046”

Wong Kar-wai is not just a movie director, he is a psychologist and a poet dealing with romantic love. His style is so nuanced and brought to perfection that he can be put in the same sentence with the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri; the early poems of the aforementioned poet are not his authentically, … Continue reading Poetry of Destructive Love in Wong Kar-wai’s “2046”