Celtic Knotwork by Iain Bain

By Iain Bain

The traditional paintings of Celtic knotwork in stone, jewellery and steel defined for todays artists, craftsmen and all these attracted to historical past.

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The last shot of the two men is of them together on road, hoping for a lift back to Buenos Aires. But Ho, who had initially started the relationship, has already ended it. Perhaps ending a relationship, or throwing it away, is part of the process of starting over; to start means also to be able to stop. Starting would mean stopping: that is one of the 'many meanings' that Lai says Ho attributes to the term. 4 The camera interrupts this reflection by showing the Falls in colour, in a shot taken from above (from a helicopter), with both the water and the mist rising from it.

READING THE FILM c^3^ The Tango The tango, which appears at several points in the film, both as part of the soundtrack and as a part of the narrative, has its own colonial history. Like the Habanera, which came from Africa to Cuba (the word is a corruption of Havana), the tango was brought to Argentina and Uruguay from Africa by slaves, and eventually became urban working-class music at the end of the nineteenth century and ballroom music around the time of the First World War. It is tightly written, integrated music, the opposite of jazz's improvisations.

In other words, she thinks in the terms of the hegemony of Hollywood and United States popular culture, and she is only partially aware of a life outside that of fantasy. In one way, this interest in reality as simulacral is 'postmodern', but it also implies how displaced desires are; subjects in Buenos Aires cannot think through to their desires because these are created elsewhere, which means that Argentina has to be thought of as though it was still a colony, one belonging to the United States.

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