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Eavesdropping at the Movies - The Florida Project

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project incites ruminations on the representation of underclasses in cinema; the emergence of a new American neorealism; clichés of slice-of-life and childhood films; what audiences owe to films that are truly reaching, even beyond their grasp; why a man who can cry at Toy Story can’t open himself up to stories of genuine human pain; and how revolting the colour lilac is. 20 more words


"Kant" Revisited: Rationality Won't Save Us

“Rationality won’t save us”, as Robert McNamara warned us in “The Fog of War”. That’s probably my favorite quote regarding the nature of warfare.

It can’t save us because it’s beholden to the irrational. 2,567 more words

Interview: Sean Baker, The Florida Project

Speaking to a filmmaker for the second time about their work is always a strange-ish experience, one that I lived through earlier this year with  103 more words

2015 Films

Mamma Roma

For our first screening on campus, the University of Leeds Italian Department’s Maddalena Moretti will present Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Mamma Roma (1962).

One of Pasolini’s earlier works, the often overlooked  149 more words

La Terra Trema, Luchino Visconti, 1948

La Terra Trema is among the most evocative and emotionally devastating examples of the Italian neorealist aesthetic.  Compared to the more optimistic fare of Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio de Sica, Visconti’s vision of life in a coastal fishing village is practically nightmarish in its abject fatalism.  214 more words

Rossellini Reality

Yes… more neorealism.

But unlike Brief Encounter, Rossellini’s Paisan seems to benefit from his adoption of the neorealist aesthetic, to the point where I was about to write that, while the British film was fiction, … 381 more words

12. "La Dolce Vita", Federico Fellini (1960)

Part of The 100 Greatest Movies I’ve Ever Seen list.

La Dolce Vita or The Sweet Life

dir. Federico Fellini scr. Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi  207 more words