Social Realism

Taxidermia (György Pálfi, 2006, Amor Far Filmproduktion).

Taxidermia (György Pálfi, 2006, Amor Far Filmproduktion). 700 302 Eve Pullen

Hungarian cinema leaves us feeling stuffed! Figure A  – Lajoska Balatony surrounded by stuffed animals. Taxidermia (György Pálfi, 2006, Amor Far Filmproduktion). Pálfi’s 2006 body horror  Taxidermia, follows the story…

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God’s Own Country. Dir. Francis Lee. Picturehouse Entertainment. 2017.

God’s Own Country. Dir. Francis Lee. Picturehouse Entertainment. 2017. 150 150 Eden Fowler

As a film which centers around a farming family, God’s Own Country is inseparable from animal life. Francis Lee sets the 2017 rural drama during the lambing season at a…

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The Deer Hunter. Dir. Michael Cimino. EMI. 1978.

The Deer Hunter. Dir. Michael Cimino. EMI. 1978. 150 150 Ben Cole

Figure 1: Death of the deer from the first hunt. The Deer Hunter (1978). Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter explores the impact of the Vietnam War on Americans, depicting protagonist…

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Come and See. Dir. Elem Klimov. Belarusfilm.1985.

Come and See. Dir. Elem Klimov. Belarusfilm.1985. 150 150 Eve Pullen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHaSQU-4wss Life Elem Klimov’s 1985 pernicious masterpiece Come and See leaves viewers in a state of abject horror. The film depicts the atrocities commited by the Nazi regime in Byelorussia…

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Annie. Dir. John Huston. Columbia Pictures. 1982.

Annie. Dir. John Huston. Columbia Pictures. 1982. 150 150 Olivia Calverley

John Huston’s musical comedy-drama Annie follows the life of an orphan and her trusty adopted dog Sandy. The film repeatedly draws parallels between orphaned children with caged animals, inciting audiences…

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A Street Cat Named Bob. Dir. Roger Spottiswoode. Sony Pictures Releasing. 2016.

A Street Cat Named Bob. Dir. Roger Spottiswoode. Sony Pictures Releasing. 2016. 150 150 Molly Wareing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s13Fnj8LzD8&t=3s Fig.0.1. Trailer for a Street Cat Named Bob [1]A Street Cat Named Bob is a 2016 biographical drama directed by Roger Spottiswoode. The film is based on an memoir…

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Ernest and Celestine. Dir. Benjamin Renner. StudioCanal. 2012

Ernest and Celestine. Dir. Benjamin Renner. StudioCanal. 2012 150 150 Maya Thomas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ1rmOYLr2U [1] Ernest and Celestine[2] (2012) is a French animated film that presents the unorthodox relationship between a bear and a mouse. Introduced as a struggling musician, Ernest is starving and on…

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American Honey. Dir. Andrea Arnold. British Film Institute. 2016.

American Honey. Dir. Andrea Arnold. British Film Institute. 2016. 150 150 Ellie Parkinson

Figure 1: Film poster Prior to American Honey, Arnold’s filmography was distinctly British, primarily focused upon the harsh reality of poverty in Britain. However, American Honey deviates from this pattern,…

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American Honey. Dir. Andrea Arnold. 2016.

American Honey. Dir. Andrea Arnold. 2016. 150 150 Ellie Parkinson

Andrea Arnold’s films are renowned for their nuanced focus upon human behaviour. However, as Michael Lawrence recognises in his analysis of her 2011 adaptation of Wuthering Heights, Arnold ‘privileges the…

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Ernest and Celestine. Dir. Benjamin Renner. StudioCanal. 2012.

Ernest and Celestine. Dir. Benjamin Renner. StudioCanal. 2012. 150 150 Maya Thomas

The animated film Ernest and Celestine[1] (2012) uses animals to offer a socio-political examination of French society. A predator-prey construct is conveyed through the division of social classes in the species contrast between…

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