"my old pains resurface"
٠Silences of the Palace٠٠1994
film speaks in a unique language of Sight & Sound ٠٠٠
So in love with the Tunisian film
The Silences of the Palace
٠٠٠ صمت القصور
"I even see the cinema itself as a woman, with its alternation of light and darkness, of appearing and disappearing images" FELLINI ٠٠٠
check out my article for Don’t Panic mag || CINEMATIC DÉJÀ VU || http://dontpaniconline.com/magazine/film/cinematic-deja-vu-
"whatever you end up doing, love it" // CINEMA PARADISO 1988
Battle of Algiers٠1966
Fist clenched, eyes ablaze, hair in the wind, her body moving defiantly to the sound of the drums and cries of the crowd around her, an Algerian women dances in the street, taunting the French troops and waving in her hands the flag of the nation that eight years of bloody civil conflict have brought into being.
Rih al Arwas ٠ The wind of the Aurés
Algerian masterpiece 1966
'the parable of the pebble' ٠ La Strada
LA STRADA ( The Road ) 1954
by FEDERICO FELLINI
Giulietta Masina as Gelsomina
Anthony Quinn as Zampanó
~Partly conforming to the social themes attributed to Italian neorealism, La Strada follows the journey of Gelsomina, a young waif-like girl who is sold by her mother to an inhumane circus man -Zampanó.
What I most admire about this masterpiece is the way in which Fellini used it as a vehicle to transcend Italian cinema into a new era of poetic expression.
As the traditional neorealist films focused solely on a narrative driven by a poverty of financial means, the poetic mythology used in ‘La Strada’ reaches far beyond this, alluding to a much deeper moral and spiritual poverty.
I find this reflected in the film’s use of image, which Fellini skilfully uses to convey his complex characterisation of Gelsomina and Zampanó- who both suffer from individual alienation.
Although Fellini had been criticised at the time for his unconventional use of poetic symbolism, I believe La Strada to be successful in reaching a new level of discourse, which would later elevate Italian cinema into a revolution of artistic achievement.
‘There are more Zampano’s in the world than bicycle thieves, and the story of a character who discovers his neighbour is just as important as the treatment of a strike. What separates us is no doubt a materialist vision of the world’ -FELLINI.
Not only does La Strada serve as a metaphor for the search of meaning in life, yet I also believe it to be Fellini’s manner of commenting on what he perceived as a lack of communication and understanding in the world.
Through his well-crafted characterisation of the protagonists, along with his stylistically unique mise-en-scene, Fellini effectively demonstrates a particular sense of depth within his ‘cinema of poetry’.