March 16, 2016

Civil war cinema

Dream double bill: Skammen (Ingmar Bergman, 1968); Sleeping Dogs (Roger Donaldson, 1977). But they would probably be played the other way around, moving from civilisation’s colour to barbarism’s black and white, from sights of working cities to bombed or burnt-out ruins. Plane scenes, army scenes, torture scenes, betrayal scenes, uprisings and dull authority, a near future so close it is more or less the present, but with any belief in the value of change and conflict completely absent by the time Skammen is running.