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  • Into the Inferno

    Into the Inferno

    ★★★½

    "'Neath the sea the land sinketh,
    the sun dimmeth,
    from the heavens
    fall the fair, bright stars;
    gusheth forth steam and gutting fire,
    to very heaven soar
    the hurtling flames.
    The fates I fathom,
    yet farther I see:
    of the mighty gods
    the engulfing doom.
    Comes the darksome dragon flying,
    Níthhogg,
    upward from the Nitha Fells.
    He bears in his pinions
    as the plains he o'erflies,
    naked corpses:
    now he will sink."

  • Six fois deux/Sur et sous la communication

    Six fois deux/Sur et sous la communication

    ★★★★★

    "If those are Godard’s two ideas, do they correspond to the theme of “sounds and images” that constantly recurs in the programs? Images-learning from things-relating to work, and sounds-learning the language-relating to information?

    No, there’s only a partial correspondence: there’s always information in images, and something at work in sounds. Any set of terms can and should be divided up in various ways that correspond only partially. To try and articulate the relation between sounds and images as Godard understands…

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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★½

    And I to him: “O Poet, I beseech thee,

    even by the God it was not thine to know,
    so may I from this ill and worse escape,
    conduct me thither where thou saidst just now,
    that I may see Saint Peter’s Gate, and those
    whom thou describest as so whelmed with woe.”
    He then moved on, and I behind him kept.

    "The Divine Comedy (INFERNO I) "

    "Dante Alighieri"

  • Blood

    Blood

    ★★★★

    In the same interview{Costa}speaking about O sangue(Blood 1989) , Costa admits a personal aspect in his concentration on “the three boys, the family” in that film, “because I never really had a family. My mother died early, then I went to live with my father, who then went away. From the age of 14, I was alone…” And I’ve noted elsewhere my impression that all of Costa’s films seem to be about outsiders and improvised families. So it seems to…