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Rowland Wymer

ruins of the one destroyed in the devastating air raid of 1940. In using the traditional form of the Requiem Mass Britten was fulfilling the requirements of a public act of remembrance and reconciliation 3 but by interweaving the Latin liturgy with nine poems, or extracts of poems, by the poet who had done most to convey the horror and the pity of the First World War, Britten was making a more personal and, indeed, angry

in Derek Jarman
Sylvie Magerstädt

referenced to, sound distinctly Christian. For example, when Marcus takes leave from his friend and confidante Cottia in episode 3 (‘Across the Frontier’), he says to her ‘the light of the sun be with you Cottia’, to which she replies, ‘and also with you Marcus’. This is rather similar to the words of the peace in some versions of the Christian liturgy: ‘May the peace of the Lord be with you – and also with you’. Marcus also refers to his ‘evening prayers to Mithras’, a more Judeo-Christian than pagan practice, and later in episode 4 tells the soldier that the ‘Lord of the

in TV antiquity
Darryl F. Zanuck’s Les Misérables (1935)
Guerric DeBona

ladies, all dressed in white for a religious service. The interior of the church and the accompanying ceremony of clerics celebrating a Catholic liturgy are shot in extreme long shot. Valjean keeps his distance, lowering his eyes as Cosette steps over the threshold of the church, as if to suggest his unworthiness to enter. The ceremony is also a graduation; Cosette, like her guardian, has made religious as well as social (educational) progress. Her fate in the film eventually binds her to a middleclass husband, Marius (John Beal), after he has been stripped of his

in French literature on screen
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Des O’Rawe

, probing the underside of fame, glamour, and consumerist hype. It is an example of his fascination with individuals whose life (and lifestyle) embodies the contradictions of their times. Handel’s Messiah, however, seems to offer no such immediate social context, and it is not obvious what attracted Klein to this project in the first place, to the task of rendering a musical celebration of Christian liturgy into the language of documentary film. One of the hallmarks of Klein’s style, however, has been his use of ironic intercutting. This technique often functions to widen

in Regarding the real
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Scott Wilson

origin of modern Western subjectivity in so far as it was developed in secular love poetry from the troubadours. Up to about the twelfth century, there is little or no recognisable modern poetry outside of religious liturgy and epic narratives bearing the history of the tribe or race. The birth, in the South of France, of ‘the poetry of passion’ led to the development of courtly love in the courts of Northern Europe and ultimately the achievements of Petrarch, Dante, Ronsard and Shakespeare, among many others. These works feature prominently as landmarks in the

in Great Satan’s rage
Paul Henley

). 16.3 Koriam's Law and the Dead Who Govern ( 2005 ). Left, the people of Pomio, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, have developed their own ceremony, modelled on Catholic liturgy, in which they offer food and money to the dead. But the Catholic priest, right, urges them to use these resources to help their living children instead. A particularly telling scene takes place close to the cemetery: we do not see into the

in Beyond observation
Michael Leonard

minutes, of Jesus arriving in a village on a donkey. As he slowly makes his way along a dirt track surrounded by mud houses, he is pursued by a gang of four men on horseback who emerge from the left of the frame. They circle him, shouting and jeering in an intimidating fashion. Jesus continues to advance, taking something from a paper bag to place in the mouth of two women he encounters on his journey, in apparent allusion to the distribution of communion in the Catholic liturgy. The men on horseback continue to pursue him, chasing him out of the village. At the

in Philippe Garrel
Derek Schilling

chalice, reveals to the knight the true meaning of the Grail. Perceval then goes to a chapel where a Passion play is being staged by costumed believers while officiants in flowing robes chant Latin liturgy. Having fallen from a state of innocence into error, the character finds redemption in the body of Christ in most literal fashion, for a well-disguised Fabrice Luchini plays the martyred saviour, while the Virgin Mary, dressed

in Eric Rohmer
Identification, imitation and critical mortification
David Platten

spectator. The potency of the relationship is vouchsafed by its continuation beyond the confines of the cinema auditorium, which is documented in the outpourings of fan mail and the responses elicited from the representatives of the star, a correspondence forming what Morin calls ‘the stellar liturgy’. Morin does concede that the connection between spectator and star is in part historically determined. The third edition of Les Stars, published in 1972, is embellished with a supplementary section in which Morin traces an evolution of the star system. Competing for public

in Imagining the popular in contemporary French culture
Sarah Cooper

. Midway through it, we are introduced to an old man sitting in a church listening to the liturgy. He is presented as one of Medvedkin’s contemporaries, Ivan Kozlovsky, who was a famous singer and performer in his younger years. The voice-over commentary asks what Kozlovsky is hearing in his head. At the end of the first letter, the montage returns to Kozlovsky in the church and repeats the question that the voice-over raised

in Chris Marker