“Are the characters responsible for the emotions which destroy them? This is a secret that belongs to the heart and is the constant wonder of Day of Wrath.” With remarkable precision, Tag Gallagher extracts the passions that lie at the heart of Dreyer’s films.
Tag Gallagher notes that Pedro Costa describes his film on Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, Où gît votre sourire enfoui?, as “anti-Straubian”. Gallagher offers a vibrant discussion of Costa’s cinema via the Straubs, and the Straubs’ cinema via Costa’s.
For Renoir, “first love” is an attitude toward life, in all its beauty and complexity.