In the first instalment of our Cultural Choices series, our team have picked their brains for the best films, books and projects out there. There’s some light-hearted fun, French film-making and photography in the mixer this week…
DIRECTOR: Éric Rohmer.
Films: La Collectionneuse (1967), My Night at Mauds (1969), Claire’s Knee (1970).
The films of Eric Rohmer deal with the everyday moments most of us take for granted. He captures these moments in a highly restrained and simple manner, dismissing the flashy camera work most often associated with his contemporaries of the French New Wave. His non-judgemental eye and focus on character help to create incredibly humanistic stories that leave their impression on the viewer and may even change the way you see the world.
Picked by Josh, Creative Director.
BOOK: Politics and the English Language, by George Orwell (1946).
Whilst any of Orwell’s essays make interesting reading in themselves, this pamphlet outlines his vision of the English language with characteristic poise and simplicity. Here, Orwell shows how good English should be written (by staying true to its Anglo-Saxon roots and going straight to the point) and how, too often, these simple rules are betrayed at the expense of clarity, meaning and truth.
Picked by Ben, Editor.
FILM: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, directed by Lasse Hallström (2011).
Although rom-coms often seem to repeat themselves, Salmon fishing in the Yemen has a fun, fictional plot that will keep you entertained. It also manages to develop other, inter-personal relationships alongside the main romantic one. If you’re looking for an easy and fun movie for those Friday night’s in, this is the perfect pick!
Picked by Saga, Editor
PHOTOGRAPHY: Street Football, Rome, by William Klein (1956).
Of the numerous cities photographer William Klein captured through his lens, none were able to trigger quite the same feelings and levels of nostalgia as the Italian capital. In twin frames, a young boy lurches towards a football in some Roman backwater, his friends watching on as the youth leaps and bounds to his heart’s content. I remember when that was me. I remember when those were my friends. I remember what it was like to have the weight of the world rest solely on my ability to kick a spherical pigskin, and nothing else.
Picked by Ed, Assistant Editor.
Image credits (from top to bottom): Jeremy G Butler, Afrodiaspores, CBS Films.