Acting-Out Politics

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Example Of Extra-diegetic Characterization Of The Film’s Personages By The Director The context of what we see in this shot is the sudden return of Charles Swann after a long separation from his friends Duke and Duchesse de Guermantes by the reason of his marriage to courtesan Odette de Crasi (the act by which he […]

Here we are witnessing one of the most surrealist composition of a shot in Fassbinder’s “Chinese Roulette”. Fassbinder is not showing in his films (obviously) “bad” or (unambiguously) “good” people, as it’s natural in movies of totalitarian countries where criteria for defining human “badness” or “goodness” of a movie character or a person in real […]

Bertolucci avoids direct (didactical) critical characterization of the main characters in the film because to do so would be an authoritarian gesture which is beyond an intellectual artist’s style (enough psychological harm to the movie-viewers especially the young people is done by mass-cultural contrast between hero and villain, where both are, as if, designed by […]

This semantically efficient shot with the characters of Neame’s film is not only a prelude to the plot – a kind of an exposition before “the action” will start, but something like the director’s “introductory statement” about the tragic penchant for (and pathological fixation of our species on) bloody clashes as intrinsic part of human […]

The famous painter Johan Borg (Max von Sydow) is going through a frightening creative crisis – he is losing control over the personages of his paintings – objects of his own inspirations (beings he himself made alive). His wife Alma (Liv Ullmann), whom we see in the still above, desperately tries to help her husband, […]

Chamber Utopia – A Commune Banished In Advance – A Different Humanity (Real Humanism vs. Vanity) The English translation of the title of the French film, if to retranslate it into French would be “Destroy, said she” – a formula encouraging us to ask – who is she, whereas “Destroy, she said” as a title […]

Like Marcel Prousts novel the film is about the relations between rich aristocrats and poor folks during the WWI period as it is about our time, the 21st century, when the contrast in the wealth and life style between the rich and the poor again, as many times in history, grows to extreme. Its a […]

We, Americans of the 21st century live in a country with a mass-cultural ideology that people must fight with their aging to death, while at the same time more and more people find themselves in a situation, when it is more and more difficult to survive and be attended by adequate medical care. They simultaneously […]

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