Film Screenings 2009::Thursdays, 2.30pm::Rm P202

Just thought I’d mention that the film screening programme is back and up and running for semester 2. The day and time have changed so I can finally make it! Yay! However I would have thought i’d see more of the photogrpahy students there – seems like the topic is right up most of their alleyways, so to speak. I have been to the first two films, All That Heaven Allows and Ali: Fear Eats the Soul and I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them. The best part is that the series is put together extrememly well by MFA studet Craig McNab who is engaged with cinema, and extrememly passionate about the ideas surrounding it. This means a great chance for a chat around the film, comparison to the ones before and after (for example the first three films are meant to be a kind of set, all based on a similar story, using melodrama in different ways across the different years and countries they are filmed in) and the odd interesting hand out thrown in for good measure and context. This week the film is Far from Heaven**, by Director Todd Haynes, from 2003, a remake of the film from the first week, with some new twists thrown in. Maybe see you there! (See the poster below for other films…coming soon, to a screening room near you…)

**From Craig about this week’s film:

Screening—Thursday 13 August 2009, 02.30PM, Electronic Arts Screening Room 202, Leith Block.

FAR FROM HEAVEN

Todd Haynes (2002)

USA, 98mins

In this third screening on transgressive love choices, Todd Haynes utilizes the appropriative strategies of postmodernity while resisting its facile irony. Recreating the significant formal aspects of ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (Douglas Sirk, 1955) and thematic concerns of ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (R.W. Fassbinder, 1973), the intended reading is straight—in order, the director has suggested in interviews, to provide the sort of emotional engagement with art disallowed in recent years by its discursive forms (in this case that of the remake) and in doing so, offering a more robust resistance to the contemporary political situation. All three films show the crazing of the thinnest social veneer of civility that continues on past the era of its production, to the present. As Siegfried Kracauer noted in 1927: “the very unconscious nature of surface manifestations allows for direct access to the underlying meaning of existing conditions”.

REALITIES—Representation of the real in fictional and documentary cinema.//School of Art FILM SCREENING Programme – Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago

Film Poster 2009 V02

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