Category Archives: humanity

Better Call Saul: Moral Agency and the American Dream

Better Call Saul goes back in time to reconstruct how Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) became Saul Goodman, the criminal lawyer (with a stress on criminal) of Breaking Bad. In Breaking Bad, Saul employs his cunning mind and wicked charm in … Continue reading

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Cabin in the Woods – Sacrifice, Scientific Modernity, and the Entertainment Society

The films starts off with the all too common horror trope of college students setting off for a weekend in a cabin in the woods. The students seem at first corny stereotypes from a B-movie, but they are quickly shown to be … Continue reading

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Francis of Assisi (part 3) – Cavani’s Francesco

Liliana Cavani made two films about Francis: Francis of Assisi (1966) and Francesco (1989). Both were considered scandalous. The 1966 film reflected the cultural and social changes of the sixties. The social awakening of youth, the breaking away from authority, … Continue reading

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Francis of Assisi (part 2) – Zeffirelli’s Brother Sun, Sister Moon

In Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972), Franco Zeffirelli’s Francis (Graham Faulkner) is a romantic rebellious youth. He echoes the ‘Jesus freaks’ of the sixties. Zeffirelli’s Francis rejects the other-wordly divine, the representations of heaven and hell, to emphasise creation in an almost … Continue reading

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Francis of Assisi (part 1) – Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis

Francis of Assisi was a complex character, who has been too often imagined as the sweet and gentle fool delighting in the singing of birds. In reality, he was a radical and uncompromising figure, and yet also compassionate and pragmatic. … Continue reading

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Boyhood – Gender (and Religion?)

Dr. Sharon Marcus (Columbia University) and Dr. Anne Skomorowsky (Columbia University) do a great job at analysing gender in Boyhood. They argue that the film shows how the coming of age of a boy, Mason, is about self-expression, self-confidence, and … Continue reading

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The Homesman – a lesson in humanity

Homesman is an excellent film with a great interpretation by Hilary Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy. It is not a feminist western! It does not put forward a feminist idea and should not be judged accordingly. It is a lesson … Continue reading

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