A Week in June: Part 13

Jacob walks past the round house when his mobile rings, which he promptly answers.   Jacob: Hello, Jacob speaking.   Eve: Jacob, it’s Eve, I’ve got my mum with me. Can you come over to the hospital?   Jacob: Of course, I’m just walking past as it Happens, I’ll be there before you know it.… Continue reading A Week in June: Part 13

Léon Morin, prêtre (1961): An Intellectual Love Story

When Léon Morin, prêtre was released in 1961, Jean-Pierre Melville’s career was at a crossroads. Whilst the film is not generally regarded as a watershed moment, it was certainly a turning point. Melville had already set up his own studios in Rue Jenner, including his own screening room, but despite, or perhaps because of, his… Continue reading Léon Morin, prêtre (1961): An Intellectual Love Story

A Week in June, Part 10

DCI Simmonds presses the buzzer at the front entrance. Jacob answers.   Jacob: Hello?   DCI Simmonds: Jacob Moraine?   Jacob: Yes, who’s calling?   DCI Simmonds: At last, we’ve been trying to contact you All day. It’s the police. Don’t worry, you’re Not in trouble, but I want to get a Statement from you… Continue reading A Week in June, Part 10

Life as a Dream: Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986)

Thirty years after his death, Andrei Tarkovsky remains a cinematic visionary on a universal scale. His films rightly deserve be placed in the pantheon alongside those of other great auteurs, speaking to an audience beyond the confines of his own country. Despite these accolades, the limitations imposed upon his artistic spirit weighed heavily, and yielded… Continue reading Life as a Dream: Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986)

Top 3 Favourite French Films

I have always admired French cinema. There is a certain style, a sense of purpose and a playful spontaneity that the majority of Hollywood productions clearly lacks. It is no coincidence that a country which holds as much claim as any to the birth of motion picture, with early pioneers such as the Lumière brothers… Continue reading Top 3 Favourite French Films

Top 3 Favourite Portraits

The portrait genre is not usually seen the most visually inventive or imaginative of genres. Indeed, the subjects themselves were often more important than the artist in question, even if some names and faces only survive to us through their painted form. The subjects of portraits were traditionally wealthy, famous and powerful, with a presupposed… Continue reading Top 3 Favourite Portraits

Top 3 Favourite Johannes Brahms Recordings

Poor Johannes Brahms, a composer who divides opinion. Ever since his war of words with the Wagnerites, luminaries ranging from Tchaikovsky to George Bernard Shaw have been keen to have a pop. He may have stuck to the old forms, and thought little of eking out every last drop of emotion in excessive operas or… Continue reading Top 3 Favourite Johannes Brahms Recordings