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  • To Catch a Thief

    To Catch a Thief

    An essential Hitchcock. Why? Take note of the visual expression. It’s very very strong. So strong, it becomes overwhelming. At points, the mise-en-scène is not unlike Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. It’s too much. It is important to notice the growth of a director. Now watch Vertigo. The expression is in perfect balance. Still vibrant and memorable but controlled. Modern filmmakers must look upon their decor as if seasoning a dish with pepper.

    Though Tarkovsky and Kubrick are exceptional directors, Hitchcock is the one young filmmakers should become the most familiar with.

  • Burning

    Burning

    One of the many key fundamentals of film criticism, is the ability to recognise when a narrative is in focus. My definition for ‘narrative focus’ has jumped around over the years. One can Google the term and find an unhelpful paragraph stating: “Narrative focus is when the audience is led in the same direction.” This definition is completely inaccurate and almost totally inapt. The genius of cinema is that a director can direct in many directions and the more talented…