Aesthetics and the Arts

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Film Review: Ohm Krüger

One can tell a lot about the psyche of a culture from its entertainment. The cinema of Nazi Germany, most synonymous with Reifenstahl’s beautifully shot propaganda documentary Triumph of  the Will, affords us a unique insight into what such a tightly restrictive regime wanted to impress upon a populace, and many of their cinematic outings…

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Silence: A Review

Martin Scorsese’s latest epic, Silence (based on the book by Shusaku Endo) centres on the character of Father Sebastião Rodrigues, a Portuguese Jesuit priest who travels to Japan along with his friend Father Francisco Garrpe, to find their former mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira. Ferreira (played by Liam Neeson) is rumoured to have apostatised; to have…

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Christmastide

In the barren white of winter’s snow, With darkness all around, On wild paths where shepherds climb, And donkeys bear King David’s line, The Virgin humbly goes.   Wombed in warmth the Redeemer treads, Beneath the star that lights the land, For frozen palm and icy road, Or fallen rock and heavy load, Trouble not…

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The Global Architecture

In early November there came a rather surprising announcement. A minister of Her Majesty’s government expressed an opinion. To the abject horror of all right-thinking persons, John Hayes, the Minister for Transport, declared his intention to reverse the destruction of the great Doric arch which stood proudly over Euston train station from 1837 until its utter destruction…