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Posted in FILM with tags , , , on April 17, 2014 by dcairns



While capitalism at its worst seeks to degrade humanity to its lowest level, communism at its worst seeks to annihilate it altogether — the ideals it aspires to have no room for individuality, and this shows in the propaganda cinema. I find even Eisenstein hard to get on with, despite the stunning technique.

Over at the Notebook, this fortnight’s edition of The Forgotten deals with a movie that exemplifies the inhuman beauty of soviet cinema — it’s colourful enough to be fun, despite the gruelling subject and chipboard characterisation. There’s a video clip too, which will knock your eye out. RUSSIAN PIONEERS is a ferociously stylised movie — even when forced to shoot on location, at a train station, it freezes the extras like subjects in a painting, and abstracts the background with a haze of smoke and steam, rendered opaque by a colossal lightblast, as if God was yawning in our collective face (it’s the USSR, so we all have a collective face).


In 1951 Lou Breslow made a film. What happened next will shock you.

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on April 3, 2014 by dcairns


A very special, or “special” edition of The Forgotten this week. Even the mammoths look embossed. See for yourself.



Posted in FILM, Television with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2014 by dcairns


“I think that if I live to be a hundred,” said William Hartnell, “a little of the magic of Dr Who will still cling to me.” Poor guy never even saw seventy.

Mark Gatiss’s excellent TV play An Adventure in Space and Time, dealing with Hartnell’s years in the TARDIS, was the best thing about the Dr Who fiftieth anniversary, and probably served to get a lot of people interested in Hartnell. My interest takes this form.


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