• Pancho and Lefty

Pancho and Lefty
by Townes Van Zandt


Let’s Talk About Movies:

Mise-en-scène - Proxemic Patterns

Film: Persona (19668)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman

Proxemic patterns is the relationships of organisms within a given space—can be influenced by external considerations. Proxemic patterns are perfectly obvious to anyone who has bothered to observe the way people obey certain spatial conventions in actual life. But in movies, these patterns are also related to the shots and their distance ranges. Although shots are not always defined by the literal space between the camera and the object photographed, in terms of psychological effect, shots tend to suggest physical distances.

Each proxemicpattern has an approximate camera equivalent. The intimate distances, for example, can be likened to the close and extreme close shot ranges. The personal distance is approximately a medium close range. The social distances correspond to the medium and full shot ranges. And the public distances are roughly within the long and extreme long shot ranges. Because our eyes identify with the camera’s lens, in effect we are placed within these ranges vis-à-vis the subject matter. When we are offered a close-up of a character, for example, in a sense we feel that we’re in an intimate relationship with that character. In some instances, this technique can bind us to the character, forcing us to care about her and to identify with her problems.

Throughout this scene, which contains no dialogue, Bergman uses space to communicate his ideas—the space within the frame and the space implied between the camera (us) and the subject. 

  1. The character is in a hospital room watching the news on television.
  2. Suddenly, she sees a horrifying scene of a Buddhist monk setting himself on fire to protest the war in Vietnam. She retreats to the corner of the room.
  3. Bergman then cuts to a closer shot, intensifying our emotional involvement.
  4. The full horror of her reaction is conveyed by the extreme close-up, forcing us into an intimate proximity with her.

It is not difficult to die well. It is difficult to live well.

(Source: whokilledcookie)

  • Cannibal Holocaust (Main Theme)

Cannibal Holocaust (Main Theme)
by Riz Ortolani

Such a peaceful song.


Calvary (2014) - dir. John Michael Mcdonagh | Ireland/United Kingdom

Yo just a reminder that this is my favorite film of 2014 so far. 


Arlington Memorial Bridge, linking Washington DC and Virginia
National Geographic | January 1953


Arlington Memorial Bridge, linking Washington DC and Virginia

National Geographic | January 1953

I’m going to kill you Father. I’m going to kill you because you’re innocent.

This was good.


David Lynch does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Damn fine coffee.