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Stigma

A Ghost Story? [Mild SPOILERS]

For the last week or so I've been working my way through the BFI DVD box-set 'Ghost Stories for Christmas Expanded Six-Disk Collection' and trying to surmise my feelings on the individual films contained therein.Some of the films - such as Lost Hearts (1973), The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974) and The Signalman (1976), to say nothing of the markedly more recent 2010 remake of Whistle and I'll Come to You - are genuinely remarkable, while other films are no more than enigmatic sketches that survive on sheer atmosphere alone.Stigma (1977), the last film to be directed by series regular Lawrence Gordon Clark, falls firmly into the latter category, but is worth discussing for a few rather interesting thematic and directorial ideas.
Right away the first image of the film captured my imagination.A small red dot, like an orb or a distant planet, is framed against an obscured landscape evocative of some vague science-fiction themed setting, but al…

Top Ten: 2000

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

Werckmeister Harmonies [László Krasznahorkai, Ágnes Hranitzky & Béla Tarr, 2000]:

The Gleaners & I [Agnès Varda, 2000]:

In the Mood for Love [Wong Kar Wai, 2000]:

Freedom[Sharunas Bartas, 2000]:

Eureka[Shinji Aoyama, 2000]:

Branca de Neve [João César Monteiro, 2000]:

La Commune (Paris, 1871) [Peter Watkins, 2000]:

After the Reconciliation [Anne-Marie Miéville, 2000]:

Blackboards [Samira Makhmalbaf, 2000]:

Top Ten: 2001

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

Millennium Actress [Satoshi Kon, 2001]:

In Praise of Love (Éloge de l'amour) [Jean-Luc Godard, 2001]:

Mulholland Drive [David Lynch, 2001]:

A.I. Artificial Intelligence [Steven Spielberg, 2001]:

Avalon [Mamoru Oshii, 2001]:

Pulse (Kairo)[Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001]:

Millennium Mambo [Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2001]:

Sex and Lucía [Julio Medem, 2001]:

Monsters, Inc. [Pete Docter & David Silverman, 2001]:

Top Ten: 2002

Ranking the Decades A Year in Film List + Image Gallery

Distant[Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002]:

Solaris[Steven Soderbergh, 2002]:

Workers, Peasants [Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, 2002]:

Dark Water[Hideo Nakata, 2002]:

The Man Without a Past [Aki Kaurismäki, 2002]:

Waiting for Happiness [Abderrahmane Sissako, 2002]:

Spider[David Cronenberg, 2002]:

The Good Thief [Neil Jordan, 2002]:

Russian Ark[Alexander Sokurov, 2002]:

A Snake of June [Shin'ya Tsukamoto, 2002]: