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Lars von Trier: “I’m a Nazi!” But Should Anyone Care?

By Michael Ewins

I often find myself, oddly enough, at the starch defence of Danish provocateur Lars von Trier, whose sensibilities have been shocking the world since 1996’s divisive drama Breaking The Waves. Continue reading

In Focus: Deception and Distraction in The Informant! (2009)

By Michael Ewins

Every edit is a lie” – Jean-Luc Godard.

For years before I saw Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! (2009) I wondered what Godard had really meant by that quote. I concluded that it was about the moments occurring between frames, meaning that the edit isn’t so much a lie as a deception which prevents us from seeing the whole truth. Maybe in Godard’s cinema, which rejects the traditional conventions of Hollywood, his quote is accurate. But most narrative films are surely more concerned with telling their story effectively than with being dishonest. I’m reminded of another quote, this time by Gus Van Sant in reference to his 2003 film Elephant: Continue reading

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The most important Vietnam film ever made?

By Michael Ewins

In the wake of the Vietnam War (1955 – 1975), which shattered thousands of families and killed Americans as young as 16, the United States was experiencing a turbulent period. Whilst trying to regain America’s trust after the Watergate Scandal, President Nixon’s resignation and the presidential pardon he had granted Nixon for the Watergate Scandal President Ford presided over the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The future of his country  was distinctly uncertain. Continue reading