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Trailer Watch: Tilda Swinton’s The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

Is there any contemporary filmmaker — or any artist invested in the creation of images — who hasn’t been influenced, at least on some level, by the British writer John Berger? His Ways of Seeing, a semiotics-tinged analysis of imagery ranging from European oil painting to 20th century advertising, is a seductive and accessible introduction to critical theory, feminist film criticism and Marxist cultural commentary.

Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival is the anthology film, The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger. Conceived of by Swinton and producer and literary critic Colin McCabe, the film captures the 89-year-old author, who now lives in the French alps, in four shorts directed by Swinton, McCabe, Christopher Roth and Bartek Dziadosz. Here, Swinton discusses the project with Geoffrey Macnab, and, above, check out the trailer for Swinton’s section.

And, below, an earlier video in which Berger draws Swinton.

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