Road to Nowhere: Stuck on the Freeway in Los Angeles

VIDEO-ESSAY. The freeway is the icon by which Los Angeles is described. But it is also associated with identity crisis and lonely souls in an endless traffic jam. In this audiovisual essay, Jan Oxholm explores the dramatic use of the Los Angeles freeway in Hollywood cinema and arthouse films dealing with urban alienation.

Water Turtles / Tortugas aquáticas

VIDEO-ESSAY. Water Turtles / Tortugas Aquáticas is a video essay by Deborah Martin and Catherine Grant exploring similar scenes from two films in Lucrecia Martel's Salta trilogy: La ciénaga / The Swamp (2001) and La mujer sin cabeza / The Headless Woman (2008). The video centres on the ways in which the playful presence of child characters is key in shaping both the forms and narratives of Martel's films.

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.

Dimittender, døgenigte og Don Juaner – eksistentielle træk hos Mike Nichols

VIDEO-ESSAY. Mike Nichols var en af sin tids mest hæderkronede amerikanske instruktører, og på tværs af hans film afsøger han forskellige eksistentielle temaer, såsom meningsløshed og fremmedgørelse. Disse temaer og deres filmiske iscenesættelse belyses i dette videoessay. Et videoessay, som runder filmene The Graduate (1967), Catch-22 (1971), Carnal Knowledge (1971) og Closer (2004).

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.

Arkiv 2003-2013

Der findes mange flere features, anmeldelser, anatomier og In English-tekster i vores omfattende arkiv fra perioden 2003-2013.

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.

Echoes of the Past: Popular Music and Nostalgia in Modern Television...

VIDEO-ESSAY. Referring to modern drama series like Stranger Things, The Americans and Show Me a Hero, Andreas Halskov explores the connections between nostalgia and period-specific popular music, arguing that nostalgic pop- and rock-scores illustrate a tendency in modern society and television. A trend that television networks and on-demand services try to monetize, more or less strategically.

Mere Coen’sk end Coen? – Fargo-seriens opskrift på succes

VIDEO-ESSAY. Imitation er ofte første skridt på vejen mod originalitet. Det beviser Noah Hawley med FX-serien Fargo fra 2014/15, der stiller sig på skuldrene af Coen-brødrenes film af samme navn fra 1996 og elegant springer ud på egne ben. Problemet er blot, at Hawley imiterer et film-univers, mens Coen-brødrene imiterer virkeligheden. Og netop derfor kommer man til at savne den originale Coen’ske signatur, som Hawley ellers er så god til at efterligne.

No Voiding Time: A Deformative Videoessay

VIDEO-ESSAY. Deformative criticism is a playful approach to film analysis that creates a new aesthetic object from the film being analysed. In 'No Voiding Time’, Alan O’Leary divides Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice into its individual component shots on four screens and treats the sound for musicality rather than sense. The result is an absurdist artefact that celebrates an already perplexing film.