Tag Archive: black and white

The Politics of Satantango

To trim one’s thoughts on Bela Tarr’s 1994 seven-hour magnum opus Satantango down to a single blog post would almost certainly leave out many important aspects of the film by risking a simplification… Continue reading

The Influence of Kurosawa on Star Wars

Akira Kurosawa’s films appear frequently on the list of George Lucas’ favorite movies. In addition to Rashomon, Ikiru, Yojimbo, The Hidden Fortress, and Kagemusha, Lucas cites The Seven Samurai as an influence. More… Continue reading

The Portrayal of the Media Industry in La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini’s portrayal of the Italian media and film industry in the 1960 movie La Dolce Vita is far from innocuous. La Dolce Vita has comic moments throughout, but there is an underlying… Continue reading

The Seventh Seal and the Poetry of George Herbert

George Herbert’s seventeenth century works consist of extremely devoted Christian poetry. The exception to these themes is his poem, “The Collar,” in which a priest questions God and expresses frustration with his line… Continue reading

Parenting in Eraserhead

One might initially dismiss David Lynch’s 1977 sci-fi horror flick Eraserhead as being unnecessarily bizarre and not conducive to any kind of analysis. Eraserhead is an art film, and so almost everything takes… Continue reading

Visual Character Development Techniques in Brighton Rock

Graham Greene provides a great deal of descriptive language in the novel Brighton Rock to further the reader’s understanding of Pinkie Brown’s sociopathic character. The novel’s film adaptation, of course, has no narrator.… Continue reading

Race and Culture in Night of the Living Dead

The 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead is about 1960s counterculture and its opponents. The undead zombies represent the era’s growing societal force against progressive ideological movements. The presence of the… Continue reading

Joyce’s “Paralysis” Theme in Clerks

Irish author James Joyce was interested in people’s eagerness to leave Dublin and their simultaneous reluctance to do so. Joyce’s novel Ulysses is the most obvious illustration of Dublin’s monotonous lifestyle. Characters spend… Continue reading