The world has lost perhaps its greatest and most-loved child star, the beautiful, curly-haired Shirley Temple. The adored young actress of the 1930′s, who brought joy to film viewers the world over, has passed away today at the age of 85.
It’s hard not to miss the impact this ‘bright-eyed’ little girl had on the world. During the Great Depression, the films and acting of Shirley Temple were a source of happiness and arguably escape from the bleak state of America. From making her acting debut in 1932 and following on in a series of shorts, the ‘little princess’ swiftly moved on to feature films, dazzling the world with her performing talents and sweet charm. Her first breakthrough performance came in 1933 in the film Stand Up and Cheer during the musical number ”Baby Take a Bow” in which she stole the scene with her performance:…
Estella: “You must know, Pip, that I have no heart”.
Pip: “I don’t believe it. How can there be beauty without a heart?”
Estella: “Oh I have a heart to be stabbed in or shot in and if it ceased to beat, I should cease to be. But there’s no softness there. No sympathy. Sentiment. Nonsense. I’ve been made that way”.
- Late Spring (Yasujirô Ozu, 1949)
- Alice (Jan Svanmajer, 1988)
- Stille Nacht II: Are We Still Married? (Brothers Quay, 1992)
- Stille Nacht IV: Can’t Go Wrong Without You (Brothers Quay, 1993)
- Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
- The Only Son (Yasuj…
The term ‘postmodernism’ is a broad and multi-faceted notion that deals with the nature of contemporary Western society and culture. All types of Western art, including film, might be seen to have adapted to the postmodern, which in turn is considered to be a reaction to ideas inherent in Modernism. For example, postmodernism is defined by Charles Jencks as ‘both the continuation of Modernism and its transcendence’ (Jencks, 1995: 27), suggesting that postmodernism is not an original movement; rather it is the reworking of Modernist features by postmodern artists in the attempt to create something new. To explore the concept of postmodernism, I use Tim Burton’s film Big Fish (2003), examining it with reference to Jean Baudrillard’s theory of hyperreality, a common theme found in many postmodernist films.
Baudrillard is a key theorist in exploring the idea of hyperreality in postmodern society. Baudrillard claims that an image transcends from a reflection of basic reality until finally, ‘it bears no relation to reality whatever: it is its own pure simulacrum’ (Baudrillard, 1998: 173). Baudrillard’s successive phases of the image reflect the transition from what we considered ‘real’ to the simulated reality inevitable in the postmodern world….
On the 5th February 1953, Walt Disney delighted children and adults all over the world with his latest animated classic. Peter Pan, the tale of the boy who never grew up was originally written by Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie as a tale for the stage. Due to its unexpected but natural popular appeal, the enchanting story of love, family, loyalty, and growing up was soon after adapted by Barrie into the form of a novel.
Blending all of the fairytale ingredients that concoct to create a truly imaginative story, Barrie writes of native American Indians, mermaids, pirates, fairies, the Lost Boys, and the three Darling children who fly to Neverland to experience its adventures in all their wonder….
2014 In Films - January Summary
2014 went off to a great start with a whopping 56 films in total, 45 of those being new-to-me films (that is, films I haven’t seen before). See the full list of films I watched in January HERE. My theme for the month was ‘Carry On Joking January’ where I aimed to watch as many Carry On films and comedy films as possible. Unfortunately I watched nowhere near the amount I had planned. Nevertheless, I did watch a great deal of them I hadn’t already seen, along with an Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico (Henry Cornelius, 1949) and another classic British comedy The Big Job (Gerald Thomas, 1965)….