Ozu (Haiku)

Originally posted on a blind catch in the sun:
Mainly I avoid ekphrastic poetry (poetry in response to art) and here both my first two poems posted after my revamp are, but simply to follow that film theme (I think these my only two film influenced poems so far, though I’ve been tempted several other…

haiku

after seeing The Colour of Pomegranates

pomegranate blood
transfuses soul without speech
bird song sown to flight

A. H / K. H-H (16th April 2020)

Inversion (Varoonegi), 2016, Behnam Behzadi, Iran

Inversion (Varoonegi) d. Behnam Behzadi, Iran. I’ve seen three Iranian films now I think, each of them memorable and beautiful. This was made in 2016. A story of a woman, Niloofar, living in Tehran with her mother. Her mother, already ill, declines largely due to pollution affecting her lungs. Our heroine was just beginning to…

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

The Lady Vanishes d. Alfred Hitchcock (1938) I’ve been impressed by Hitchcock’ lightness of touch in my stodgy reactions so far. He spoke of serving a slice of cake rather than a slice of life, and if it is cake then I am finding it most light, possibly angelic, but as we know “every angel…

Locke (2013)

Locke w. & d. Steven Knight, 2013 BEWARE SPOILERS! I found this a very moving film. Of course it does move, or what passes for that these days, in that it is the story of a drive and a driver, Ivan Locke played by Tom Hardy. We see no other actors and only really see…

La Strada

I saw La Strada (The Road) the other night, the first time I’ve seen it on a big screen. One of my companions questioned whether there was interiority to the characters. For me there was, it was just that was part of the point, how the presentations of solutions of self may become a mask…