Film Magistery #11: Holy Motors/Fluidity of Identities

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Holy Motors is not a work that was made to be liked, but rather to be experienced, and as such it doesn’t belong to the kind of films that are a part of the entertainment film industry for the broad masses. Holy Motors doesn’t rely on symbolism but on associations.

In this episode I discuss does our existence have a meaning, and if it does, does it benefit us? We do not have our own identity, since we are all the time forced to be someone else. We wear someone else’s mask almost in every situation, and we rarely have an opportunity to see our own face in the mirror.

Film Magistery #10: Space Office/The Suppression

Space Office was released in 1999, and it has inspired digital content creators worldwide, especially in the world of memes. Although the film isn’t a masterpiece by any standard, it is picked up as a work that carries a satirized yet important message. In this episode Dino discusses the eternal suppression of mankind, and a world in which human beings have chosen not to be the priority in society.

Film Magistery #9: The Remains of the Day/Regrets



– “When did you last see the world, Mr. Stevens?”

James Ivory’s The Remains of the Day (1993) is, besides being a masterfully crafted drama, a great example of how people can fall into a pitfall of not doing something that will have a considerable impact on people’s lives and ultimately have a greater existential meaning. Many of us are waisting the best days of our lives and we are not even aware of it. In this episode, Dino talks about how Mr. Stevens, the main character in the film The Remains of the Day, realizes too late what could have his life been if he only acted and thought differently. The main subject of this episode is regrets, in this case, regrets of not doing the right thing, the regrets of not exploring the opportunities that present themselves at some point of one’s life.

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LINKS:
The Remains of the Day on IMDb.
The Remains of the Day on Letterboxd.

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

VIDEO and IMAGES:
Image of Socrates, copyright 2005 – Eric Gaba for Wikimedia Commons
“The Remains of the Day” Dir. James Ivory. Columbia Pictures, 1993
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Scenes from the film by movieclips.com

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.

For more, visit the Film Magistery website.

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)

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
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/how-many-slaves-landed-in-the-us

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

Hans Zimmer: Solomon
Copyright © 2013 Columbia Records

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