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by 9 Apr 2020Culture

Writing, of course, is writing, acting comes from the theatre, and cinematography comes from photography. Editing is unique to film. You can see something from different points of view almost simultaneously, and it creates a new experience.-Stanley Kubrick

During this period of quarantine Tommaso Fiscaletti (photography lecturer) feels that it is appropriate to talk about movies, since they are one of the most enjoyable pastimes for when we have to stay home. It is easy to argue that every kind of visual art draws something from cinema and, for me, personally, it has always been the first source of inspiration. The 7th art is able to touch us in-depth, and movies can stay within us forever. A movie helps to improve our vision, can guide us through creative paths; in a sense, we can say that it can change us as humans. I would like to share with you five titles from some of my favourite directors. I really love most of their movies but the suggested titles are, for me, unmissable.

Stranger than Paradise, by Jim Jarmusch, 1984

This intimate “little” film is a perfect combination of black and white images, and music. Definitely one of my central references when talking about independent American cinema.

The Master, by Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012

Visually this movie is an important gem in the history of the media. It is also a special piece of cinema because we are able to see two of the most talented actors ever, Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, sharing a screen.

The Five Obstructions, by Lars Von Trier, 2003

A challenge between two geniuses ready to inspire visions and interpretations.

Hunger, by Steve Mcqueen, 2008

The great video artist has debuted as a movie director with this powerful and poignant historical film about the 1981 Irish hunger strike. The movie focuses on Bobby Sands, a Provisional Irish Republican Army freedom fighter who led the second hunger strike in the Maze Prison. 

The attention to detail in this movie is unbelievable. This film is not for sensitive viewers. 

Aguirre, The Wrath of God, by Werner Herzog, 1973

There are several movies by the legendary director Werner Hertzog’s that I love, but I suggest this one because it is amazing to see how in 1973, he was using the camera like no one else, blending the languages of cinema and documentary.

You can find the movie here.

Reality, by Matteo Garrone 2012

Garrone is, arguably, one of the only contemporary directors from Italy that we can compare to the masters of Neorealism, such as Visconti, Rossellini, De Sica, and Fellini.

Reality is a perfect novel on how a dream can become an obsession, framed in a picturesque/grotesque Naples, in the South of Italy.

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