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Old 04-05-2017   #101
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Tartarus have reprinted The House of the Hidden Light!!!!
I'm not even that interested in the tome, but your enthusiasm is infectuous.

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A mysterious book by a master of the mysterious. How could one resist?

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I knew Blackwood had been on television and radio plenty of times but didn't know about this Machen clip from the radio.

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I was discussing Machen earlier on Skype with a friend and which movies felt Machen-esque to us. We both named Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and Picnic at Hanging Rock immediately, but my friend was startled by my choice of M. Night Shyamalan's superhero movie Unbreakable, which led to a two hour discussion on the subject.

I think its central themes are pure Machen in that it is a film about how our mediocre times have drenched humanity in so much materialism that they fail to recognise the awe and wonder of the numinous reality around them hinted at in folklore and legend. It's a superhero movie, but I feel it's more Machen than the more mentioned Pan's Labyrinth. It's the sort of story Machen may have appreciated and fits the criteria set out in Hieroglyphics for what fiction should aspire to achieve in its exploration of the great mysteries. It's The Secret Glory told as a Superman story.

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I was discussing Machen earlier on Skype with a friend and which movies felt Machen-esque to us. We both named Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and Picnic at Hanging Rock immediately, but my friend was startled by my choice of M. Night Shyamalan's superhero movie Unbreakable, which led to a two hour discussion on the subject.

I think its central themes are pure Machen in that it is a film about how our mediocre times have drenched humanity in so much materialism that they fail to recognise the awe and wonder of the numinous reality around them hinted at in folklore and legend. It's a superhero movie, but I feel it's more Machen than the more mentioned Pan's Labyrinth. It's the sort of story Machen may have appreciated and fits the criteria set out in Hieroglyphics for what fiction should aspire to achieve in its exploration of the great mysteries. It's The Secret Glory told as a Superman story.
Never thought to see Unbreakable in that light- what a nice conceit. There were some Machenesque touches to, what's it called, The Lady in the Water? but i thought the editing of that film was an absolute mess.

Machenesque films- there's a fun parlour game. There's many sides to it i guess... a thing like Rus in Urbe is echoed by the poetics of Jarman's monochrome landscape films, perhaps, while i feel the reporting tone/journalistic angle plus sexual perversion plus landscape of Great God Pan is present in the three Red Riding films.
There must be more. Suggestions, people?

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