From L to R: Persona (1966), Satan's Brew (1976), City of Pirates (1983), Nostalghia (1983), High and Low (1963), Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Perfect (1985), The Unbelievable Truth (1989)

From Left to Right: Persona (1966), Satan’s Brew (1976), City of Pirates (1983), Nostalghia (1983), High and Low (1963), Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), Chocolat (1988), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), Perfect (1985), The Unbelievable Truth (1989)

This year’s Double Exposure, our 17th issue, is unusual for a number of reasons. Firstly, we were unable to be together as a staff to work on the journal, at least for the large majority of its making. Secondly, we were unable to be together with our contributors and readers to celebrate its launch. Both communal experiences are deeply missed. Thirdly, we are, for the very first time, using our website’s existing infrastructure to publish the issue. One problem we have often faced in the second half of the school-year is finding our blog become inactive as the club turns its attentions and resources to our print journal, and so this solution to the distribution problem caused by COVID-19 seemed more appealing to us than the alternative solution of using outside electronic publishing platforms. Though it can sometimes be relegated to the back burner, the blog has always been an essential aspect of our club, and, while we wish it were under better circumstances, we are glad to give it the spotlight nonetheless.

The pieces contained in this year’s issue cover a variety of films from all over the world. Among the national cinemas represented are Russia, Hungary, France, China, and Australia, and there’s even a brief discussion of a film which itself spans three countries. You can find each essay by following the links below.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Portrait, Reframed, Refocused: A Portrait of  a Lady on Fire by Alan Wu

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Sam Wilcox

Interview with Hal Hartley by Etan Weisfogel

10 Cents a Day by Richard Lee

Through the Narrow Gate: On the Poetics of Returning in Nostalghia by Tianyi Ding

Living in Bad Faith: Personal and Political Compromise in the Films of István Szabó by Milan Loewer

Editors’ Picks for Quarantine Viewing by Double Exposure Staff