Site Updates Darcy has uploaded 16 years' worth of state-of-the-industry essays originally written for the Udine Far East Film Festival catalogue. Someone with a lot of time on their hands could read through everything, toor readers could just start with the most recent piece, "Making Amends: Korean Cinema in ". Adam continues his journey into the Hongian world with Lista short film Hong Sang-soo made right after In Another Country with some of the same crews and actors, and On the Beach at Night Alonean extra self-reflective piece starring Kim Min-hee.
Mechanically created, cinema defies mechanism: If Marker has now been welcomed into that canon and — thanks to the far greater availability of his work — into the mainstream of primarily DVD-educated cinephilia, it is rarely acknowledged how much of that work cheerfully undercuts many of the long-held assumptions and pieties upon which it is built.
An appealingly simple formulation, the term has proved both taxonomically useful and remarkably elastic, allowing one to define a field of previously unassimilable objects while ranging far and wide throughout film history to claim other previously identified objects for this invented tradition.
In the scope of its application and its association more with an amorphous sensibility as opposed to fixed rules, the essay film bears similarities to the most famous of all fabricated genres: The essay film, however, has proved even more peripatetic: And while noir, despite its occasional shadings over into semi-documentary during the s, remains bound to fictional narratives, the essay film moves blithely between the realms of fiction and non-fiction, complicating the terms of both.
The montage tradition If the mystical strain described above represents the Dionysian side of pure cinema, Soviet montage was its Apollonian opposite: No less than the mystics, however, the montagists were after essences.
EisensteinDziga Vertov and Pudovkinalong with their transnational associates and acolytes, sought to crystallise abstract concepts in the direct and purposeful juxtaposition of forceful, hard-edged images — the general made powerfully, viscerally immediate in the particular. The relentlessly unidirectional focus of classical Soviet montage puts it methodologically and temperamentally at odds with the ruminative, digressive and playful qualities we associate with the essay film.
Against the seamless, immersive illusionism of commercial cinema, montage was a key for decrypting those social forces, both overt and hidden, that govern human society.
And as such it was method rather than material that was the pathway to truth. Fidelity to the authentic — whether the accurate representation of historical events or the documentary flavouring of Eisensteinian typage — was important only insomuch as it provided the filmmaker with another tool to reach a considerably higher plane of reality.
In doing so they powerfully expressed the dialectic between control and chaos that would come to be not only one of the chief motors of the essay film but the crux of modernity itself. At the dawn of the cinematic century, the American writer Henry Adams saw in the dynamo both the expression of human mastery over nature and a conduit to mysterious, elemental powers beyond our comprehension.
So, too, the modernist ambition expressed in literature, painting, architecture and cinema to capture a subject from all angles — to exhaust its wealth of surfaces, meanings, implications, resonances — collides with awe or fear before a plenitude that can never be encompassed.
The nimble movements and multi-angled perspectives of the essay film are founded on this negotiation between active choice and passive possession; on the recognition that even the keenest insight pales in the face of an ultimate unknowability.
The other key inheritance the essay film received from the classical montage tradition, perhaps inevitably, was a progressive spirit, however variously defined.
Progressive vs radical The Grierson ian documentary movement in Britain neutered the political and aesthetic radicalism of its more dynamic model in favour of paternalistic progressivism founded on conformity, class complacency and snobbery towards its own medium.
But if it offered a far paler antecedent to the essay film than the Soviet montage tradition, it nevertheless represents an important stage in the evolution of the essay-film form, for reasons not unrelated to some of those rather staid qualities. The Soviet montagists had created a vision of modernity racing into the future at pace with the social and spiritual liberation of its proletarian pilot-passenger, an aggressively public ideology of group solidarity.
The Grierson school, by contrast, offered a domesticated image of an efficient, rational and productive modern industrial society based on interconnected but separate public and private spheres, as per the ideological values of middle-class liberal individualism.Why did Freud supplement the Oedipal myth with the mythical narrative of the "primordial father" in Totem and Taboo (T&T)?
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