Amid the myriad comic-book sci-fi films of the past few years, there has been another genre existing alongside, catering to a, shall we say, more grown-up audience. These films, which include Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016), Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (2014) and Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (2013), tend to treat space and time travel in solemn, almost reverent ways, with careful attention paid to how physics and philosophy might usefully complement one another. Thanks to advances in modern technology, a talented filmmaker can now focus on the enormity of space to mind-blowing effect.
Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites may be grounded in French revolutionary terror but its tragic themes still resonate today.
tragically plays relevantly to audiences today.