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05 AUGUST 2012

Jane Campion: A Girl's Own Story (short film)

"Jane Campion has been a dominant force in world cinema for nearly two decades. Shot delicately in black–and–white, A Girl's Own Story is an early short film that traces the stories of three suburban teenage girls (Pam, Gloria and Stella) in 1960's Australia. It deals with the difficulties of burgeoning sexuality, incest, friendship and family against the backdrop of Beatlemania and an era that valued the isolating notions of purity and wholesomeness over honesty and acceptance."

(Anton de Lonno 11 July 2010, Senses of Cinema)

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1960s1984 • A Girls Own Story • An Angel at My Table (film) • AustraliaAustralian cinemaAustralian short filmauteur • Beatlemania • black and whiteboys • burgeoning sexuality • chiaroscurocold • Cut (film) • David Lynchdesiredoll play • eery • effigyexpressionistic • expressionistic conventions • familyfemale sexualityfemininityfriendship • Gabrielle Shornegg • gender performance culture • Geraldine Haywood • haunting moment • honesty and acceptance • humour • I Feel the Cold • ice-skating • incest • Ingmar Bergman • inky suburban subconscious • intimate sexualityisolationJane Campion • lustful embrace • Marina Knight • New Zealand filmmakerparentspathos • Peter Weir • Piano (film) • puritySenses of Cinema (journal)sexual agencyshort filmsuburbanteenage girls • tenderness • The Beatles • The Portrait of a Lady (film) • wholesomeness • world cinema

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Simon Perkins
23 NOVEMBER 2011

Limbo: beautiful 2D sidescroller puzzle game

"Though this is just an early teaser trailer to the upcoming Danish platformer, Limbo, it's already looking brilliant and I'm already thinking of the possibilities. An indie game to the core, Limbo is being produced by 1 extremely talented individual, Arnt Jensen, who is behind the art, concept and design. Limbo has recently received a healthy grant from the Danish government in order to continue the development of the game, more proof of the good that government funded innovation achieves."

(Playthrough.net, 26 September 2006)

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20102D • 2D sidescroller • ambientanimation • Arnt Jensen • artatmospheric presenceblack and whiteboychiaroscurodangerous environmentsDanish • Danish government • darkeerieexpressionismfantasy elements • film grain effects • game • gruesome • gruesome imagery • horror genreindie gameslighting • limbo • Limbo (game)monochromaticopen-endedphysics systemplatform game • Playdead (game developer) • puzzle platformerspooky woodsstripped-downteaser trailer • trial and death • video gamevideo game artvisual designvisual spectaclevisual stylevisualisationworld of the storyXbox 360Xbox Live Arcade

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Simon Perkins
22 MARCH 2011

The Conformist: dramatic interplay of light and shadow, gestures and movements and room space and sound

"The Conformist is a difficult film, not because its themes are heavy or its form too radical, but because the statement it proposes is a tad indigestible. Once you get over its slight simplification of ideas and reasons, it is a sweeping masterwork that you are looking at. I probably haven't seen any film that as clearly reveal how we have all confused sexuality with morality, morality with religion, religion with politics and politics with security. The tension is palpable in almost every shot of the film. Consider the central scene of sheer cinematic awesomeness where Quadri and Clerici recollect what actually went wrong. Using staggering interplay of light and shadow, gestures and movements and room space and sound, Bertolucci develops the central motif of the film in pure film language, without ever betraying the diegesis of the film. Bertolucci's script takes up Plato's Allegory of the Cave, which suggests that humans are all prisoners inside a dark cave unable to differentiate between real objects and the shadows that they cast on the walls, and adapts it so as to examine the dark history of the country. It is after this point that every element of the film cries out for attention and the ambivalence of the central character brought to light. Especially remarkable is the final shot of the film where, after Italo is swept away by a Rossellinian crowd, Clerici sits on a low platform near the fire, looking towards a homosexual street dweller through prison–like iron bars, still unsure of his political, sexual and moral footing."

(Just Another Film Buff @ The Seventh Art)

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1970aestheticsallegory of the caveBernardo Bertoluccichiaroscurocinematiccinematographydesign formalismdiegesisfigures in spacefilmfilm languagefootinghomosexuality • Il Conformista • insecurity • Italy • light and shadow • masterworkmise-en-scenemoralitymotifmovementpatternPlatopoliticsprisonerrealityreligion • Roberto Rossellini • sexuality • shadows • shotspace • The Conformist • visual communicationvisual designvisual languagevisual literacyvisual spectacle

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Simon Perkins
14 JANUARY 2009

Still-life painting in seventeenth century Holland

"Still–life painting came to be very widely practised in Holland during the seventeenth century. With brilliant mastery of the methods of painting the artists convincingly reproduced the beauty of objects which surround us in our daily lives. Examples include the Breakfast paintings of Willem Claesz Heda (1594–1680/82) and Pieter Claesz (1596/97–1661), and Dessert by Willem Kalf (1622–1693)."
(petersburg–bridges.com)

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17th centuryartchiaroscuroHollandpaintingPieter ClaeszSt. Petersburg • still-life • Willem Claesz Heda • Willem Kalf

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Simon Perkins
06 NOVEMBER 2008

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

"A travelling scientist is shown demonstrating the formation of a vacuum by withdrawing air from a flask containing a white cockatoo, though common birds like sparrows would normally have been used. Air pumps were developed in the 17th century and were relatively familiar by Wright's day. The artist's subject is not scientific invention, but a human drama in a night–time setting.

The bird will die if the demonstrator continues to deprive it of oxygen, and Wright leaves us in doubt as to whether or not the cockatoo will be reprieved. The painting reveals a wide range of individual reactions, from the frightened children, through the reflective philosopher, the excited interest of the youth on the left, to the indifferent young lovers concerned only with each other.

The figures are dramatically lit by a single candle, while in the window the moon appears. On the table in front of the candle is a glass containing a skull."
(The National Gallery, London)

[The following site offers three separate interpretations of the one image. The interpretations are given in the form of short video clips.]

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1768 • An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump • artchiaroscurofigurationinterpretationpaintingscience • Tyrre

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Roma Patel
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