By mainly taking into account the film Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013), how has the representation of women changed in the post-gender and highly-technological society of the 21st century? From the early days of film where females were presented as either a damsel in distress or an illusive femme fatale, to the 21st century, … Continue reading Under The Skin (2013) and Post-Gender, Technologised Representations.
Given the fairly conservative and moralistic attitude of the France of 1961, “Truffaut was understandably concerned about the reaction of the general public to his bohemian threesome” (Stam 2006: 91). Critically explore the themes raised in the film and how they are expressed through plot, camera work and montage. Often described as one of the … Continue reading A Thematic Exploration of Francois Truffaut’s Jules Et Jim (1962)
Mirror (1974) is a film that is constantly discussed amongst cinephiles for many reasons, be it it’s visual beauty, symbolism, or it’s “true meaning”. Referring to Tarkovsky’s childhood, the film explores themes of faith, war, family, and time – and it was these, along with the methods the director chose to express them, that drew … Continue reading How might Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union, 1974), a formally adventurous ‘art film’, be at odds with 1970s Soviet ideology?
Based on Frank Millers graphic novel of the same name, Zack Synder’s 2006 action film 300 depicts the ancient battle of Thermopylae – in which 300 Spartans fought against an army of Persians reaching numbers of 170,000 soldiers. Upon the films release, there was much criticism towards depictions of race in the narrative, with some … Continue reading Race and Sexuality in 300 (2006)
Quentin Tarantino is considered to be one of modern cinema’s finest creators. From directing, writing, and being the cinematographer on his films – to even starring in them – he is an example of a filmmaker who has truly learnt from the Hollywood star systems of the past, and used it to his advantage. It … Continue reading Tarantino as A Post Modern Auteur (Pulp Fiction, 1994, Kill Bill Vol.1 2003)