ANDREI TARKOSKY -Rather than providing direct connections between scenes, events and images, Tarkovsky relied on the laws of associative linking to provide oblique relationships that, when added up, create a mood that strikes the viewer on a preconscious level. There are no easy explanations to these images, but they seem to point to an interpenetration of the seen and unseen worlds, visible manifestations of the spiritual battles that are continually being waged around us ~ text by Mars…

ANDREI TARKOSKY -Rather than providing direct connections between scenes, events and images, Tarkovsky relied on the laws of associative linking to provide oblique relationships that, when added up, create a mood that strikes the viewer on a preconscious level. There are no easy explanations to these images, but they seem to point to an interpenetration of the seen and unseen worlds, visible manifestations of the spiritual battles that are continually being waged around us ~ text by Mars…

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA - One of the most acclaimed directors of the 1970s, Francis Ford Coppola spearheaded a renaissance in American filmmaking, heralding a golden age which he defined through masterpieces ranging from The Conversation to Apocalypse Now to his crowning achievement, The Godfather.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA - One of the most acclaimed directors of the 1970s, Francis Ford Coppola spearheaded a renaissance in American filmmaking, heralding a golden age which he defined through masterpieces ranging from The Conversation to Apocalypse Now to his crowning achievement, The Godfather.

AKIRA KUROSAWA    -"If in the more deliberately humanist dramas his sentimentality seems sometimes contrived and maudlin, his feel for action and his concern for historical authenticity reveal a talent that both delights in and transcends genre limitations. Certainly, his best work merges psychological precision, narrative subtlety and visual bravura to extraordinary effect." - Geoff Andrew (The Film Handbook, 1989)

Akira Kurosawa: 10 essential films for the director's centenary

AKIRA KUROSAWA -"If in the more deliberately humanist dramas his sentimentality seems sometimes contrived and maudlin, his feel for action and his concern for historical authenticity reveal a talent that both delights in and transcends genre limitations. Certainly, his best work merges psychological precision, narrative subtlety and visual bravura to extraordinary effect." - Geoff Andrew (The Film Handbook, 1989)

DAVID CRONENBERG began building his reputation with a series of vivid explorations of biological terror and sexual dread. In an industry glutted by anonymous big-budget films, it was no small feat that he turned out such hauntingly artistic movies, reflecting his preoccupations with reality and creativity as played out through stories of telepathy, drug addiction, transvestitism and virtual reality.

DAVID CRONENBERG began building his reputation with a series of vivid explorations of biological terror and sexual dread. In an industry glutted by anonymous big-budget films, it was no small feat that he turned out such hauntingly artistic movies, reflecting his preoccupations with reality and creativity as played out through stories of telepathy, drug addiction, transvestitism and virtual reality.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK "Fear isn't so difficult to understand. After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual"

ALFRED HITCHCOCK "Fear isn't so difficult to understand. After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual"

DAVID LYNCH, Most people have strange thoughts, but they rationalize them. David doesn't translate his images logically, so they remain raw, emotional. Whenever I ask him where his ideas come from, he says it's like fishing. He never knows what he's going to catch~ Isabella Rossellini.

DAVID LYNCH, Most people have strange thoughts, but they rationalize them. David doesn't translate his images logically, so they remain raw, emotional. Whenever I ask him where his ideas come from, he says it's like fishing. He never knows what he's going to catch~ Isabella Rossellini.

ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY -Venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts while dismissed by most other critics, the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky present strange and magical visions that are not easily categorised or understood. Informed by a lifetime of spiritual journey, Jodorowsky’s cinematic output is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation.

ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY -Venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts while dismissed by most other critics, the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky present strange and magical visions that are not easily categorised or understood. Informed by a lifetime of spiritual journey, Jodorowsky’s cinematic output is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation.

INGMAR BERGMAN -the works of Swedish film and stage director Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) are marked by intellectuality, metaphysical speculation, and symbolic and allegorical content.  Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul.

INGMAR BERGMAN -the works of Swedish film and stage director Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) are marked by intellectuality, metaphysical speculation, and symbolic and allegorical content. Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul.

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