FNC 2015: ‘Love’ is a powerful study of gender relations

On the one hand, it’d be easy (and tempting) to discuss Love, the new film from Gaspar Noé, solely through the lens of the movie’s sex. There’s certainly a lot of it, and it’s explicit, with unsimulated sex scenes making up a significant portion of the film’s two hour running time.

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TIFF ’15: ‘Love’ proves you can have too much of a good thing

Most filmmakers portray love stories like rocket-ships exploding into the air—they’re only interested in the story of the ship’s ascent into the stratosphere. Other filmmakers show more interest in remaining at ground-zero, cynically anticipating a love-rockets tragic descent back down to earth.

‘Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans’: A Marriage of Light

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), as in other works of F.W. Murnau and the German Expressionist movement, is a style of emotions triggered in service of light where the relationship between Movement-Image is also the same between Image-Light. The intensity of light and its relationship to form thrust Expressionistic ideas into a new era and few films exemplified this more beautifully than Sunrise. The intensity of light is measured in proportions of black versus white and brightness versus darkness. Each frame of the film becomes a physical object, an exploration of this gradation. Each frame explores the full spectrum of the gray scale, passing from the darkest shadows to a white light, evoking a true sense of the chiaroscuro. In each frame, light, framing and blocking leans towards a tendency to split the visual image along a diagonal or dentale line (See Picture 1 and 2). This visual idea communicates an idea of a rift, a growing separation between lovers and worlds

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‘The Lady Eve,’ Sturges on con artists and romance

The Lady Eve is all about the game of romance. Jean has a great monologue at the beginning of the film that really shows this game in action. While sitting at a dinner table, she narrates as various women approach Charles, in an attempt to gain his attention (“Every Jane in the room is giving him the thermometer and he feels they’re just a waste of time”). She studies Charles. What makes him tick? Is he self-conscious? What kind of woman would he like? All of this is for the purpose of conning him, which she does rather well. It also shows how love (and ultimately marriage) can be a façade.

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