Baroque Visions: Eugène Green's La Sapienza (2014)

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Abstract

This article examines the visualisation and function of Baroque architecture, notably the works of Francesco Borromini, in Eugène Green’s La Sapienza (2014). Reading the film in tandem with Green’s essays on cinema and Baroque art, it analyses the filmmaker’s harnessing of architecture as a means to elucidate questions that are central to his philosophical enquiry: the tension between rational and spiritual forms of experience, the invisible realm behind appearances, and the mystery of salvation. I argue that La Sapienza develops a complex analogy between architecture and cinema, crystallizing Green’s aesthetic philosophy as part of a wider interrogation of intermedial influence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-444
Number of pages17
JournalModern Language Review
Volume116
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

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