Nature’s Conspiracy: Picnic at Hanging Rock

By Cindy Zeiher A surprising number of human beings are without purpose, though it is possible that they are performing some function unknown to themselves. — Marion (Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock). What is the desire of my hysteric? It is what opens what I would not say is the universe, but a whole wideContinue reading “Nature’s Conspiracy: Picnic at Hanging Rock”

Trapped by the Bad Infinite: Film Noir Against Contemporary Capitalism

By Ryan Engley Perhaps it is not surprising that an Orson Welles film provides Classic Hollywood’s most enduring visual metaphor for life under contemporary capitalism. The surprising thing is that this metaphor comes not from Citizen Kane but the comparatively less heralded Lady from Shanghai. In it, Michael O’Hara (Welles) becomes infatuated with Elsa BannisterContinue reading “Trapped by the Bad Infinite: Film Noir Against Contemporary Capitalism”