Dickens, Lawrence and Zhivago:
David Lean's art of Cinema
A talk by Neil Falkener
This talk is due to take place on Monday 16 March, 11.30am at Norden Farm. We are following the Government advice on corona virus carefully and will notify you it this changes.
Cinematic images are modern art forms. In the 'golden age' of cinema - before the development of CGI technology - film-makers had to construct sets to represent landscapes, townscapes, and interiors. Sometimes they used paintings and photographs, sometimes they built scale models, sometimes they constructed full-size replicas. In each case, they they created an art installation they then captured in celluloid images.
Drawing on new insights from the archaeology of cinema, this lecture will use the films of renowned British director, David Lean, to explore the art of cinema. How do the 'artists' - in this case formed of large collaborative teams (directors, screenwriters, production designers, costume designers, camera crews, fixers etc.) - choose locations, construct sets, dress actors and, more generally, 'imagine' the world they seek to represent? how much is authentic, and how much preconception and prejudice? What are the influences on the way the cinema depicts the world?
Dr Neil Falkener was educated at King's College, Cambridge and Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He works as lecturer, writer, archaeologist and occasional broadcaster. He has had many television appearances, including Channel 4 Time Team and BBC2 Timewatch.
It promises to be a fascinating lecture! We look forward to seeing you there.