Watch/Read/Travel: Marc Dall (Dalhous)

October 1, 2014

I have recently been set on devouring the works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s extensive filmography. The film that has so far stuck with me the most has been ‘In A Year With Thirteen Moons‘ (‘In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden’, 1978). Though it is not my favourite of his, there’s nevertheless a distinct potency to the film that shakes you through and through and keeps you watching, no matter how bleak the film inevitably becomes.

 

Rainer Werner Fassbinder: In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (1978)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder: In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (1978)

 

Crash‘ by J.G. Ballard has been one of the books that I have continually found myself coming back to. Cronenberg’s film based on the novel is equally lurid and provocative, but I find the film a lot funnier, it has a mischievous sense of humour that wasn’t as visible in the book. Still, the novel is a haunting vision of the future we’re currently living.

 

Donald Sutherland in Venice (Don't Look Now, 1973)

Donald Sutherland in Venice (Don’t Look Now, 1973)

 

I visited Venice with a few friends on a European trip in 2009. We arrived early in the morning, just on the brink of dawn. There was an atmosphere to the city, a tangible silence that was quite unlike anywhere else I have ever been. It was perfectly captured in films like ‘The Comfort of Strangers‘ and ‘Don’t Look Now‘ which were both primarily set in Venice.

 

(Dalhous)


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