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Fairytale, fable and myth in the Demy-monde
Darren Waldron

, adopts the stance of resolve and optimism towards the alienating environment in which he lives. He instructs Gavin in the insights of the Greeks and importance of scientific facts over religious faith, rejecting the clerical scholar Papias the Elder for the historian Heroditus. As a Jew, he is unbound by the strictures of Catholicism, evinced when he dismisses the Bishop for reading the Last Sacrament to Lisa. Despite the Star of David emblazoned on the reverse of his tunic, Melius acts as if God is superfluous, incapable of safeguarding the people, unlike medical

in Jacques Demy
Brett Bowles

crossing a loaf before cutting reminds viewers that rural culture traditionally views bread and the grain from which it comes as everyday sacraments above any vulgar monetary exchange value. The scene moved a critic for Marianne to observe that ‘c’est avec ce qu’on pourrait appeler des “sentiments-matières-premières” que Pagnol fait ses admirables œuvres. Rien de plus “matière première” que le blé. Il

in Marcel Pagnol
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Jason Jacobs

the first place, and the AA model provides this by branding its members Alcoholics for Life, in ‘permanent recovery’, as if it were a genetic mutation. Nevertheless, their relationship flourishes, but it does so under the shadow of the show’s dark house style. The sacrament of the ordinary events of the world is shaded by the show’s need for the detectives to encounter ever more extreme and vicious crimes. It is as if Moby Dick was just one of an increasingly twisted pod of evil whales coming after The Pequod. Towards the end of episode two in season three, Simone

in David Milch
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Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryan’s Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984)
Melanie Williams

her first grown-up outfit’.79 Privileged young Tonya is juxtaposed with others the same age who are far less fortunate. When we next see Pasha, he is disfigured by a gaping vertical (vaginal?) sabre wound on his cheek, and Lara contemplates her reflection in the mirror once again after her forced sexual initiation by Komarovsky the night before. She goes to church seeking comfort but is warned by the priest that the ‘flesh is not weak, it is strong. Only the sacrament of marriage will contain it.’ After confession, leaving the church, a sleigh rounds the corner and

in David Lean