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The red shoes Hilary Davidson | cinema | 01.01.2011
THE RED SHOES
It is night. On a platform edge in an empty subway station sits a pair of beautiful pink shoes, alone and ready to wear. No one is present; the shoes are abandoned, ownerless. Why not pick them up, put them on and take them home? In the Korean film The Red Shoes (Bunhongsin (Yong-gyun Kim, 2005)) gruesome answers to this question reveal the fatality of possessiveness in a ghost-tale concerning…
Stained clothing, guilty hearts 1 Kitty Hauser | cinema | 01.01.2011
STAINED CLOTHING, GUILTY HEARTS 1
There’s an epigraph to a chapter of Dick Hebdige’s book Subculture: The Meaning of Style which has always struck me with its visionary intensity and decadent air. It’s a quotation from William Burroughs’ 1969 Wild Boys, a novel which describes an apocalyptic future where gangs of promiscuous, violent and amoral young men trample over the ruins of civilisation. In Marrakesh, writes Burroughs, “the…

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