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Straw Dogs (1971)
David Sumner, the main character in Straw Dogs (1971), comes across as a kind of Benjamin Braddock from The Graduate, who’s broken up with Elaine and moved to a small village in Cornwall with his new English girlfriend. He’s the same, mild-mannered, middle-class, preppy city boy — forced into contact with brutish, working-class men from...
What is ‘Last Year at Marienbad’ Actually About?
The film opens with a point of view camera sequence revealing a sumptuous Baroque hotel interior, filmed in high contrast black and white. Eerie, warbling organ music plays, and the monotone voice of the narrator speaking: I walk on, once again, down these corridors, through these halls, these galleries, in this structure of another century,...
I had a sudden craving for brown sauce the other day. I’ve had quite a few recently: Flying Saucers, Pink Panthers and Womble Bars. But it was the egg and bacon roll that really got me. It started when I visited the little cafe on the corner of a Central London Square by my workplace....
Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. They usually open at the start of this sequence and close at ‘the end’. They can open in ‘the middle’, or at ‘the end’ and jump about back and forth in time. Non-linear narratives use flashbacks and backstories to fill in the missing gaps. Opening at...
It starts with the end. At least that’s how you know you have an exceptional story — think of an amazing ending and work back to the beginning. Whatever way your look at a story, the end is critical. Would Chinatown have been so memorable with a happy ending? Would Blade Runner have been as...
The world appears ordinary, and then the snow falls. Like a mysteriously wrapped Christo sculpture, everything becomes new again. It’s the same world, but different. Snow, like a work of art, changes how we see things. Snowfall hides the land, replacing green and muddy browns with pristine white, filling in the dips and hollows. This...