In a bold bit of innovation, Greta Gerwig has hit upon the ideal vehicle for expressing a woman’s frustration in a world run largely by men.
It is only a few thousand words
But by juxtaposing these three events
By making their connection clear
An apt metaphor
This temperate arrangement
Of alphanumeric characters
Rendered in bent graphite
Two brothers, one consumed by greed, the other by envy. In a time when the land is savaged by marauding armies, they risk their families and their lives to pursue their obsessions. Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu (1953) tells their stories in one of the greatest of all films – one which, along with Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, helped introduce Japanese cinema to Western adudiences.
Mrs. Sandstrom notices that the men
Are all eating meat
She shares her insight with you
Believing, one supposes, it makes
A humorous comment on the care
And feeding of the American male.
This Soviet biographical historical drama directed by Andrei Tarkovsky is loosely based on the life of a 15th-century Russian icon painter. Set against the backdrop of Czarist rule, the film seeks to depict a realistic portrait of medieval Russia. Tarkovsky sought to create a film that shows the artist as a “world-historic figure” and Christianity as an axiom of Russia’s historical identity. The film’s themes include artistic freedom, religion, political ambiguity and the making of art under a repressive regime. Because of this, it was not released domestically in the officially atheist and authoritarian Soviet Union for years. Although these issues with censorship obscured and truncated the film for a long, long time, Andrei Rublev has come to be regarded as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time.
In you sweet son, I see my all my Januarys
Come back to smile as I climb this steep November
So pleased and proud of this plan you carry
Warm in the wistful way we remember