The Art of Tragic Laughter
Film & Music

The Art of Tragic Laughter

an exploration of tragicomedy in early film ___________________________________________________________ Over 2 millennia ago, before glowing screens told our stories, a playwright called Plautus (254 – 184 BC) included in his play Amphitryon an early combination of two seemingly opposite genres. His experimental genre is described within the play itself by his characterization of the god Mercury, … Continue reading

Film & Music

Tree of Life: Review

  The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick demonstrates that despite our natural weaknesses, humankind can find grace through love and family, and thus replace anguish with beauty. This theme is exemplified by contrasting the vastness of the universe with family life, and by disregarding time and avoiding cause-and-effect. Symbolic scenes also add to the … Continue reading