World Cinema

December Film: Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka (1961)

  Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka («Вечера на хуторе близ Диканьки») 66 minutes | 8 December 1961 | Soviet Union Based on the story ‘Christmas Eve’ by Nikolai Gogol, this eccentric and fantastical fairy tale takes place near the village of Dikanka on the night before Christmas. Amid carol singing, drunken revelry, and amorous hijinks, the blacksmith Vakula persuades the Devil to fly him to…

November Film: The Little Match Girl (1928) Analysis

The Little Match Girl (‘La Petite Marchande d’allumettes‘), based on the short story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen, was the eighth of nine silent films directed by Jean Renoir. Released in June 1928 – still in the early phase of Renoir’s career, a decade before his French masterpieces Grand Illusion (1937), The Human Beast (1938), and The Rules of the…

November Film: The Little Match Girl (1928)

  The Little Match Girl (‘La petite marchande d’allumettes’) 34 minutes | 8 June 1928 | France ‘From Hans Christian Andersen’s story to the screen by Jean Renoir, Catherine Hessling as Karen evokes delight and pathos. An impoverished girl tries to sell matches on NYE. Shivering with cold and unable to sell her wares, she sits in a sheltered nook. Striking a match…

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015 In Review

Aesthetica Short Film Festival, the BAFTA-qualifying festival set across and in some cases carving out cultural spaces in the city of York, marked its fifth anniversary in 2015. Once again, 300 films were on show across fifteen venues and four days. Beyond the genres of drama, comedy, thriller, documentary, animation, music video, family friendly, experimental, and artists’ film, this year…

July Film: Battleship Potemkin Analysis

Battleship Potemkin, released at the end of 1925 as only Sergei Eisenstein’s second full-length film, was an elaboration on the real-life mutiny which took place on the battleship Potemkin in June 1905. The ship had been built for the Imperial Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet; and at the time, many of its senior officers were away, engaged in the ongoing…

July Film: Battleship Potemkin (1925)

  Battleship Potemkin («Бронено́сец „Потёмкин“») 74 minutes | 21 December 1925 | Soviet Union ‘Considered one of the most important films in the history of silent pictures, as well as possibly Eisenstein’s greatest work, Battleship Potemkin brought Eisenstein’s theories of cinema art to the world in a powerful showcase; his emphasis on montage, his stress of intellectual contact, and his treatment…

Albert Schweitzer and Henry Fonda’s Lost Special

Albert Schweitzer was born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1875. Though he took theology at university, studying at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Universität in Strasbourg and at the Sorbonne in Paris before publishing his PhD thesis – on The Religious Philosophy of Kant – at the University of Tübingen in 1899, he first found acclaim as a scholar of music. In 1905, he published a study of…

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 In Review

Aesthetica Short Film Festival is now in its fourth year. In a city with an artistic temperament which hitherto lacked a renowned venue or event, the festival has been a vital addition to York’s cultural life: showcasing a breadth of York’s cultural spaces, with a focus on UK film but drawing filmmakers and film followers from throughout the world, the…