Film Magistery #8: The Mirror/Tarkovsky’s Time Sculpting

Tarkovsky’s The Mirror is undoubtedly one of the true masterpieces in the magical world of cinema. In this episode Dino talks about Tarkovsky and his concept of the so-called Time Sculpting, which is here explored in his seminal work “The Mirror” (1975).

And no, there is no awkward impersonation of Tarkovsky’s Russian accent in this episode.

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LINKS:
The Mirror on IMDb.
The Mirror on Letterboxd.

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Music
Kevin MacLeod: Ghost Dance
Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

La La Land

“La La Land” je bio jedan vrlo loš doživljaj, pa da krenemo u srž. Ja jednostavno ne podnosim mjuzikle, koji su, za mene, dno dna umjetničkog izražaja, a to nije uspio promijeniti ni režiserski wunderkind Damien Chazelle.

U prvoj sekvenci filma vidimo mnogobrojna auta na zakrčenom losanđelovskom autoputu u prometnoj špici (rush hour). I odjednom, ničim izazvani, vozači iskaču (neki bukvalno) iz svojih auta i počinju plesati i pjevati u tipičnom mjuzikalnom maniru, držući se za ruke, marionetski pokreti… happy faces. Nakon tog iznenadnog holivudskog kola, svi se lijepo vratiše u auta i nastaviše čamiti čekajući i pritiskati sirene.

E sada dolazi možda i do objašnjenja za ono “dno dna”. Mjuzikl je po svojoj prirodi, tako daleko odstranjen od stvarnosti, tj. prekriven je slatko upakovanim i aranžiranim audio-vizuelnim stimulansima, koji imaju upravo za cilj da nas eskapističkim projektilom ispale u svijet snova, bajke i neispunjenih želja. I kao takav, žanr filmskog mjuzikla je dosta manje bliže stvarnosti ove naše male planete, nego npr. filmovi poput Aliens ili Prometheus. Međutim, pozamašna distanca od stvarnosti nije preduslov da jedan film ili cijeli žanr bude loš. Naprotiv. Ono što, po meni, tipičan mjuzikl čini negledljivim je ekstravagancija nevjerodostojnog i glupog ponašanja uloga u dijegetskom svijetu filma, npr. pjevanje vozača, a bilo bi prikladnije i bliže realnosti da jedni drugima vade glave iz vratova u takvoj situaciji kada imamo kolone auta od nekoliko kilometara i kalifornijsko sunce.
Osim toga, sama ideja da konverzacija među ljudima bude konstruisana uz pjesmu i muziku mi se uvijek doimala imbecilnom. Zamislite samo mjuzikl izvedbu jedne tipične bosanske konverzacije, recimo, pet drugova dok gledaju fidbalsku utakmicu ili diskutuju politiku.

Ipak, ima jedna dobra stvar u ovome filmu, a to je da mi je pomogao da konačno uvidim da glumački dijapazon Ryana Goslinga odgovara gotovo u potpunosti onom osakaćenom drvetu kruške, koje se nalazi u bašti moje vikendice.

I džaba mu vrlo ugodno kinematografsko pakovanje, vrlo jasan Chazellov režiserski talenat i interesantni muzički izbori, kada konstrukcija i zbir svih faktora daje uvijek identičan, prepoznatljiv (i vrlo predvidljiv) rezultat, koji krasi gotovo svaki mjuzikl, pa tako i “La La Land”.

Film Magistery #7: 12 Years A Slave/A Man in Chains

In the seventh episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about slavery throughout history. The Code of Hammurabi is mentioned, and so is the slavery in Africa, Europe and the United States.  And do we have slavery in modern times, here in 2017?
The reference to the concept of slavery is Steve McQueen’s powerful film 12 Years A Slave (2013).

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12 Years A Slave, poster

Resources

Code of Hammurabi.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/ham/ham05.htm

Roger Crowley, Conquerors: How Portugal Forget The First Global Empire, 2002.

International Labor Organization: 21 million are now victims of forced labor
http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_181961/lang–en/index.htm

Slave Voyages

How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.?

“12 Years a Slave.” Dir. Steve McQueen. Fox Searchlight, 2013.

Hans Zimmer: Solomon
Copyright © 2013 Columbia Records

Photo and video footage from pexels.com

Film Magistery #6: Burn After Reading/Age of Bullsh*t

In the sixth episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about the abundance of bullshit today around us and Coens’ underrated film ‘Burn After Reading’ (2008), a tongue-in-cheek spy film about some people who know nothing, but pretend to know a lot. It says a lot about the cultural and interpersonal condition of the modern society today.
We ask what bullshit is and why is there so much of it around us.

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References:
Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit, 2005.

Photo “I’m not a liar!” by Tristan Schmurr
Licence: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Photos and video footage from pexels.com.

18 Unbelievably Expensive Artworks That Sold
For Millions This Year
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/17/most-expensive-art-2013_n_4454930.html

This painting just sold for $46.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York
http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-rothko-painting-sells-for-46.5-million-in-ny-auction-2015-5?r=US&IR=T&IR=T

Are you typecast?

Actor Michael K. Williams (you know, Omar Little?) talks to himself about being typecast. Aren’t we all being typecast all the time? (thanks, magistery.dk)