‘THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS’ (1993): A FILM BY HENRY SELICK

November 15, 2012 Film Reviews

You could be forgiven for thinking that Halloween and Christmas are two diametrically different festivities. Heck, one is a garish, gaudy and perversely delicious celebration of the macabre and the morbid. The other commemorates the star-crossed birth of a virgin child reared in a manger, wrapped in swaddling cloths and blessed by native fauna, local folk and foreign aristocracy. But they have more in common with one another (and with Pagan, Celtic, Roman and Mexican traditions) than one might think.

And in Henry Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Crīstesmæsse and All Hallow's

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‘THE SKIN I LIVE IN’ (2011): A FILM BY PEDRO ALMODOVAR

November 15, 2012 Film Reviews

Some films have the peculiar effect of staying with you long after the final credits have rolled, enveloping you like an article of clothing.

A Pedro Almodóvar film is a lavish garment, where the scenery, characters, colours, textures and sounds are all threads meticulously arranged and interwoven to create an intricate, nuanced fable that enrobes you - awkwardly but snugly.

In his latest outing The Skin I Live In (2011), the Spanish auteur delivers a profound, haunting and, at times, astounding drama on the various guises that individuals construct, assume and, in some cases, are coerced

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PROJEKTOR IS NOW HERE (NOWHERE)!

November 15, 2012 Updates

What is Projektor?

A play on technology and agency, a merging of possibilities: a machine that projects illuminated, moving images; the projection of  observations and reflections on cinema.

What is Projektor?

A site devoted to the interpretation of  motion pictures from around the world as experienced on the silver screen, Digital Video Disc and Blu-Ray.

What is Projektor?

A platform for contemplating the power and possibilities of cinema, its ability to challenge and entertain, provoke inquiry, commentary and debate on the manifold facets of human existence.

Welcome.

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‘THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH’ (1955): A FILM BY BILLY WILDER

November 15, 2012 Film Reviews

 

There comes a time in relationships, where couples momentarily part company and seek solitude for rest, rejuvenation and recreation. And it is what transpires during this hiatus that tests the resilience of their union and makes for the most interesting and dramatic viewing.

In The Seven Year Itch (1955), co-writer/director Billy Wilder immerses us in the world of Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell), a native of Manhattan who, like many other husbands of his Manhattan milieu, sends his wife and child away for the summer. Temporarily severed from the constraints of marital life – the

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‘KIDS’ (1995): A FILM BY LARRY CLARK

November 15, 2012 Essays on Film

In recent decades virginity has emerged as a staple of contemporary cinema, most notably that lucrative genre known as the teen flick. Some directors have approached the topic from a satirical angle (the American Pie franchise, The Virginity Hit, In Virgin Territory), while others have opted for ostensibly darker, terrifying and murderous interpretations (like the horror caper Teeth). In American photographer Larry Clark’s directorial debut Kids (1995), virginity is more closely situated within the excesses and anxieties of adolescence.

An opening sequence can set the theme and tone of an

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