Motus Gratia Lux

Cinema æsthetics, technics and history. Other stuff may apply.

Category: Visions of Film

Video Assignment #2 – Les Sentiers Noirs de l’Ouest

A western noir: this was the objective we had in mind when producing Les Sentiers Noirs de l’Ouest. An interesting blend of concepts and a great filming and creation experience with my classmates made this a very enriching project.

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Blog Assignment #9 – Free Film Choice: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel: a bright, light, enjoyable, humorous and, of course, symmetrical piece of Art from our dear Wes Anderson.

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Blog Assignment #8 – A journey across the History of Cinema

During this semester, we have traveled a long way, from the premises of feature films of Chaplin and Keaton, to the mysterious and extravagant world of Guillermo del Toro in Pan’s Labyrinth. In this small essay, I will try to put into perspective the different stages of Cinema’s History we went through in class by selecting three movies we watched which I consider illustrative of the evolution of the medium.

Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton, in the 1920s, looking already overwhelmed by the amount of film history produced


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Blog Assignment #7 – Anatomy of a Murder, a countryside film noir?

Between the modern and the traditional, the sophisticated and the conventional, Anatomy of a Murder is definitively a curious object. Spanning from the film noir to the well-established courtroom genre, taking place in an isolated and rural setting, the movie is quite a singular one, particularly on its novel depiction of tabooed crime.

Anatomy of a Murder, 1959, poster

Anatomy of a Murder, 1959, promotional poster

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Video Assignment #1 – Chaplin Busts Missoula

Here is our first video proposal, Chaplin Busts Missoula. I felt it was for us all a great experience. Personally, I am very glad I finally had the chance to go to the end of a cinematic project. It was a very enriching experience.

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