Nicolas Roeg’s film has many memorable scenes and images that entangle themselves in the mind, and is electrified by a charismatic lead performance by David Bowie. But the director’s habitual desire to shock through the shoehorning of several gratuitous scenes into his movie adds nothing to Tevis’ subtle tale.
No photograph can capture the luminous light here, an intense blue and gold. A couple of days ago I drove along the east shore of the Sea of Galilee, across from Tiberias. Here are images of the lake, the Golan, and a lookout that affords a wonderful view of the north shore, the little strip of land where most of the stories of the Gospels are set.
The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde by Owen Hatherley explores the Soviet intelligentia’s fascination with the America of the early 20th century, a mythic land of technological wonders, vast mechanised industries, spectacular cityscapes and the startling new medium of cinema.