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Written & Directed by Richard Ayoade
The Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky has been well served by cinema, especially his major works Crime & Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot, all of which have received numerous adaptations throughout the decades. The latter was lavished with a recent Estonian take, after receiving a Japanese decoding by Kurosawa no less, as well as Indian and (naturally) Soviet versions. It has taken until 2013 for a filmmaker brave enough to approach Dostoyevsky’s binary second novel; there is a certain numerical sense of doubling, since Richard Ayoade has decided to allocate his second film as The Double, an ambitiously promising plea following Submarine back in 2010.
Abandoning the novel’s Russian setting, Ayoade’s take is set in some strange alternate Orwellian state, complete with slightly outsized costumes and angled hairstyles, creaking teak-panelled analogue technology, greyly oblique architecture and a smothering suffocation of legislative red tape. »
★★★★★ Rereleased on DVD by Artificial Eye come two of Robert Bresson's most remarkable achievements. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) and Mouchette (1967) share many common themes, presenting us with a taut and distressingly bleak portrait of human frailty and a world where redemption is possible only through death. Jean-Luc Godard once wrote, "Robert Bresson is French cinema, as Dostoyevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is German music." Bresson's uniquely spiritual aesthetic was ultimately his own personal response to the question' What is cinema?', challenging the impotence of post-war French cinema.
Bresson presents us with two incredibly theoretical studies of humanity, creating scenarios where the most ordinary and pedestrian of occurrences hold spiritual meaning. These moments acquire intense significance and delicately tune the unsolicited eyes and ears of the audience towards the gentle reverberations of sorrow and hopelessness which throb beneath the tainted veneer of modern life. In the first, Au Hasard Balthazar, »
- CineVue UK
Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of the most famous names in world literature. Author of eleven novels, some of which are among the most acclaimed in history, Dostoevsky has been praised for his superb grasp of psychology and his interest in both philosophical and religious themes.
He was born in Moscow in 1821 and published his first novel, Poor Folk, in 1846. In 1849, he was arrested for his involvement with a group of radical liberal utopians and sentenced to death by firing squad. In pure literary fashion, Dostoevsky was spared minutes before his sentence was to be carried out and instead was sentenced to 4 years labor in Siberia. After his release, he struggled for years financially but later in life he became known for his writing abilities and produced some of the masterpieces of western literature.
- Paul Sorrells
Tom Cruise stars in ‘Oblivion’ and original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of ‘Tron: Legacy’. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. It’s 2077 and Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) serves as a security repairman stationed on an evacuated Earth. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. The fate of humanity now rest solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever. ‘Oblivion’ stars Tom Cruise, »
- Fernando Esquivel
4 items from 2013
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