Click on the links.
Films in which circles- geometric, narrative, camerawork etc- feature prominently.
An example of a film in which circles feature prominently is The Sheltering Sky: a 360 degree pan, the sun dominating the first (masculine) half, the moon the (feminine) second, and the roundabout route to return to base and author.
Gilles Deleuze has described Mizoguchi as working in circles; in Sansho the Bailiff there are Anju’s ripples and small narrative circles and returns.
With Ophuls there are the circles of La Ronde and Lola Montes, with Kubrick (along with the rectangles) the circles of planets and spacecraft and some sort of rebirth in 2001, the war room in Strangelove, circles too in Eyes Wide Shut- writer Schnitzler a link between the 2 directors, thanks to Experimentofilm for the Schnitzler specialism. Kubrick was an admirer of Ophuls…
Akerman’s La Chambre for slowly circling a room, Snow’s circular camera movement in Région Centrale, Huillet-Straub’s 360 pan in Sicilia, or the circular motion (tied in with history recounted) in L’Itinéraire de Jean Bricard, Medem’s Lovers of the Arctic Circle, with the geographic pole and narrative circles
The circling of the raft at the end of Aguirre, Wrath of God, of a boat at the end of the Japanese film Crazed Fruit
Geometric animations eg by Fischinger. (The painter Kandinksy’s circles come to mind with that too)
Footballs, merry-go-rounds, circus tents, crop circles, wheels. waltzes, ice skating….Jancso’s camerawork, groups in circles in Round Up…iris shots, Grandma’s Reading Glass an early cinematic circle for viewer to peer though
Pulp Fiction has been described as circular, with the first scene actually the ending, though in fact i think the chronological ending has Willis and De Medeiros going off on the motor bike.
Non-linear narratives, the four seasons, e.g Spring Summer Autumn Winter Spring…
The first person narrative of Kind Hearts and Coronets brings us back to the (present) starting point. Other circular films with first person narratives, please
The earth, the sun, the moon, planets revolving and circling, ecosystem, seasons, life cycles, our interconnectedness, the ripples of our actions, eternal.
We are all oneRead less