10. January 2018 · Comments Off on Film : The Vision of William Blake (1958) · Categories: Society News

Friday 12 January 2018 at 6 pm
Waterstones Bookshop, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ
The AGM will be followed by a showing of the 1958 documentary film The Vision of William Blake by Oscar-winning documentarist Guy Brenton. It was produced by the British Film Institute’s Experimental Film Fund, with music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and readings of Blake’s poems by Bernard Miles and Robert Speaight.
‘The main intention of this film is not to examine the artistic achievement of William Blake, but to illustrate, by a comprehensive use of his books and pictures, the story of a spiritual journey, the theme of a man struggling to free his soul from the bondage he felt to be the state of man.’ – Monthly Film Bulletin
‘Blake’s flamelike bodies, writhing, strenuous, ecstatic, stream across the screen with a sense of movement beautifully liberated by the camera’s ability to prowl about a picture and detail after detail fastened upon in the terrifying enlargement of close-up remains obstinately bitten into the memory.’ – The Times.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the Blake Society will immediately precede this film.

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