A Mere Formality

VIDEO-ESSAY. Hou Hsiao-Hsien is a great, but somewhat underappreciated Taiwanese auteur, known for his long takes and slow pacing. In this video-essay, Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López explore his unique style as seen in a scene from the 1995-film Good Men, Good Women. Mirroring the tempo and attention to detail in Good Men, Good Women, this video-essay tries to capture the very essence of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s aesthetic.

What’s the Frequency, David? Noise and Interference in the films of...

VIDEO-ESSAY. The films of David Lynch often feature electronic devices that don’t work and people who seem to be speaking 'on different frequencies'. In this video-essay, Andreas Halskov explores noise, interference and faulty wiring as common elements in the works of David Lynch.

Between Two Worlds: The Competing Moods of David Lynch

VIDEO-ESSAY. David Lynch’ films are full of paradoxes, and in this video-essay Andreas Halskov deals with two of the Lynchian paradoxes (the genre paradox andthe register paradox), as seen in three of David Lynch’s famous productions: Blue Velvet (1986), Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990-1991) and Wild at Heart (1990).

The Bizarreness of Snow White

IN ENGLISH. The animated version of Snow White, produced by Fleischer Studios in 1933, possesses a richly multifaceted oddness. It is a bizarre film full of digressions and inconsistencies, humorously riffing on the original fairytale. Ethan de Seife analyses this wonderfully bizarre film, which combines musical digressions with elements of both surrealism and realism.

Camera Movement in Narrative Cinema

VIDEO-ESSAY. In this visual essay Jakob Isak Nielsen takes a closer look at the contribution of camera movement to “the language of cinema”. He suggests that any camera movement will serve one or more six proposed functions.

The Design Program and Color Palette of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

IN ENGLISH. An unlikely route to originality: see how the unusual visual design and color pallette of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is inspired by Erwin Fieger’s photographs.

Inside, Around and About Notorious

IN ENGLISH. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Notorious (1946), starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, demands that we explore free-floating responses to its tormented triangle of characters. In terms of genre, is it suspense thriller or romantic melodrama? Go inside, around and about the film with Adrian Martin and explore its style, meaning and form.

Quiet Qualities and Qualified Quietude – the Sound Design of Gravity

IN ENGLISH. In space no one can hear you scream. This presents an audiovisual paradox. Because how does one create an auralverisimilitude in a space film, if virtually no sound is heard in outer space? In this article Andreas Halskov focuses on the sound of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), a sound design or sound score which in many ways is similar to that of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

In English Archive 2003-2013

There are many more features, reviews, and anatomies in English in our extensive archive covering the period 2003-2013.