critically thinking

A Poetics of Free Indirect Discourse in Narrative Film

I have been following up my last blog on spiritual themes in film by reading  Paolo Pasolini’s paper “The “Cinema of Poetry” (1965), in which he talks about a literary device called ‘free indirect speech’, which, he claims, can add a subjective dimension to film by creating ambiguity around whose cinematic perspective a film is […]

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Bakhtin’s Polyphony – A Carnival Of Voices

Just been reading an extremely interesting book by G. Morson, entitled  Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of a prosaic. (1990) which  I feel to be somehow related to my previous blogs about cinema’s delimiting influence. Here are   a few thoughts regarding the book –  Mikhail Bakhtin (1895–1975) was a Russian formalist/phenomenologist philosopher who […]

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Ruben Ostlund

Ruben Ostlund (b – 1974) is a Swedish filmmaker who has written and directed 3 feature films to date – Force Majeure (2014), Involuntary (2008) and Play (2011). His films have gained notoriety for their extremely long shot length and for their controversial content which,  the Guardian’s Henry Barnes (Thursday 9 April 2015 15.16 BST), describes as being “nasty, funny dramas that deal in […]

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Alternative Cinema vs. Mainstream Cinema

  One possible definition of the word alternative is described in Collins English Dictionary as: “Denoting a lifestyle, culture, art form, etc., regarded by its adherents as preferable to that of contemporary society because it is less conventional, materialistic, or institutionalised, and, often, more in harmony with nature.”(Makin, 1992) Although, this definition reflects my some […]

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How I Intend To Use This Blog..

I intend to use this blog as platform to explore my ideas relating to film making and my own practice. This is especially important to me at the moment as I have recently started an M.A. in T.V. and Film at Hertfordshire University and really need to start thinking critically and creatively about […]

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