The English novelist, painter and critic, who has transformed the way we look at art, becomes an object of a visual study himself, in a film initiated by his close friend Tilda Swinton.
Although he began his career as a painter, John Berger is best known for his writings, and in particular, his art criticism informed by his socialist views. He got international acclaim for his 1972 television series Ways of Seeing produced by the BBC which was adapted into a book of the same name, published a year later. In Ways of Seeing, Berger offers a Marxist critique of traditional Western aesthetics, showing how Old Masters’ works reflected and reinforced the views of the dominant class and sex.
In 1962, Berger moved to France and settled in a small commune in Burgundy, where he lived until the end of his life. This experimental documentary directed by four people focuses on his life in France. In the first novella, Tilda Swinton visits her friend Berger in a snowy village to bake a pie, look through his old drawings and talk about his family, while in the next one Bartek Dziadosz and Colin MacCabe come to his Alpine home with a group of young left thinkers to discuss world politics. Christoper Roth’s Spring is a meditation on the contemporary life of animals and humanity’s neglect of natural cycles, which worried Berger. Finally, in Harvest, Swinton returns to Quincy with her son and daughter to visit the critic’s children and grandchildren, to a soundtrack by Simon Fisher Turner based on recordings made on the journey.
The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger
Режиссеры Бартек Дзядош, Колин Маккейб, Кристофер Рот, Тильда Суинтон. 2016, Великобритания, 90 мин.