Author Spotlight

Mark Le Fanu

Mark Le Fanu teaches at University College London. He publishes on world cinema in Sight & Sound and Positif and is the author of two studies of classic filmmakers: The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky (1987) and Mizoguchi and Japan (2005).

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Stalker: Meaning and Making
Stalker: Meaning and Making

During a period of personal turmoil, Andrei Tarkovsky created this enigmatic masterpiece, which explores spiritual and metaphysical mysteries through the prism of a science-fiction epic.

By Mark Le Fanu

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Here Is Your Life: Great Expectations
Here Is Your Life: Great Expectations

As visually and sociopolitically expansive as it is intimate in its details of a boy’s coming of age, Jan Troell’s film is one of the great cinematic debuts.

By Mark Le Fanu

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Master of the House: In the Corner
Master of the House: In the Corner

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s spare and modern visual style perfectly complements this comic and soulful domestic comeuppance story.

By Mark Le Fanu

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Babette’s Feast: “Mercy and Truth Have Met Together”
Babette’s Feast: “Mercy and Truth Have Met Together”

Gabriel Axel’s exquisite adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s short tale of grace through art provides spiritual and sensual sustenance.

By Mark Le Fanu

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Wild Strawberries: “Where Is the Friend I Seek?”
Wild Strawberries: “Where Is the Friend I Seek?”

Ingmar Bergman’s classic character study is a moving depiction of aging and regret but also joy and forgiveness.

By Mark Le Fanu

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Sansho the Bailiff: The Lessons of Sansho
Sansho the Bailiff: The Lessons of Sansho

More than eighty films into his career, Kenji Mizoguchi made this emotionally devastating masterpiece, from a story by Ogai Mori.

By Mark Le Fanu

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The King of Marvin Gardens: A Killing
The King of Marvin Gardens: A Killing

The New Jersey resort town of Atlantic City provides the backdrop for two distinctive films made at opposite ends of the seventies: Bob Rafelson’s 1972 The King of Marvin Gardens and Louis Malle’s Atlantic City, released in 1981. That decade s…

By Mark Le Fanu

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Red Desert: In This World
Red Desert: In This World

A new man is being born, fraught with all the fears and terrors and stammerings that are associated with a period of gestation. —Michelangelo Antonioni Red Desert came out in 1964, almost twenty years after the end of the war, by which time Ital…

By Mark Le Fanu

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Vampyr’s Ghosts and Demons

A glance at Vampyr should begin with a glance at its Danish begetter, Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968), whose relatively restricted output has not prevented him from being spoken of as one of the greatest film directors of all time. The accolade res…

By Mark Le Fanu