Ohhh I really enjoyed Crimes and misdemeanors!
Ohhh I really enjoyed Crimes and misdemeanors!
Fernand Léger parece estar hablándome.
Hacía tiempo que no disfrutaba tanto haciendo un trabajo de clase…
1. In none of the traditional arts is there such a wide gap between possibilities and facts as in the cinema. Motion pictures act directly upon the spectator; they offer him concrete persons and things; they isolate him, through silence and darkness, from the usual psychological atmosphere. Because of all this, the cinema is capable of stirring the spectator as perhaps no other art. But as no other art, it is also capable of stupefying him. Unfortunately, the great majority of today’s films seem to have exactly that purpose; they glory in an intellectual and moral vacuum. In this vacuum, movies seem to prosper.
2. Mystery is a basic element of all works of art. It is generally lacking on the screen. Writers, directors and producers take good care in avoiding anything that may upset us. They keep the marvelous window on the liberating world of poetry shut. They prefer stories which seem to continue our ordinary lives, which repeat for the umpteenth time the same drama, which help us forget the hard hours of our daily work. And all this, of course, carefully watched over by traditional morals, government and international censorship, religion, good taste, white humour and other flat dicteria of reality.
3. The screen is a dangerous and wonderful instrument, if a free spirit uses it. It is the superior way of expressing the world of dreams, emotions and instinct. The cinema seems to have been invented for the expression of the subconscious, so profoundly is it rooted in poetry. Nevertheless, it almost never pursues these ends.
4. We rarely see good cinema in the mammoth productions, or in the works that have received the praise of critics and audience. The particular story, the private drama of an individual, cannot interest - I believe - anyone worthy of living in our time. If a man in the audience shares the joys and sorrows of a character on the screen, it should be because that character reflects the joys and sorrows of all society and so the personal feelings of that man in the audience. Unemployment, insecurity, the fear of war, social injustice, etc., affect all men of our time, and thus, they also affect the individual spectator. But when the screen tells me that Mr. X is not happy at home and finds amusement with a girl-friend whom he finally abandons to reunite himself with his faithful wife, I find it all very moral and edifying, but it leaves me completely indifferent.
5. Octavio Paz has said: “But that a man in chains should shut his eyes, the world would explode.” And I could say: But that the white eye-lid of the screen reflect its proper light, the Universe would go up in flames. But for the moment we can sleep in peace: the light of the cinema is conveniently dosified and shackled.
Jonas Mekas, quoting Buddha: “Keep looking for things in places where there is nothing”.
Jean Epstein, dans Le Cinéma du Diable (1947): “Qu’importe la voie ou l’instrument, ce qui compte, c’est de vivre davantage, -d’éprouver et de connaître plus- de découbrir chaque fois du visible dans le non-vu, de l’audible dans le non-entendu, du compréhensible dans l’incompris, de l’aimable dans le non-aimé”.
All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)
Hoy es París, algún día será Nueva Orleans.
Happy Birthday Fritz Lang!
Born today December 5th 1890 (died August 2nd 1976).
"Quoi qu’il arrive il est là”.
No matter what he does, no matter what he says, he is there.
Hoy gran película y mejor velada después, bien aferrada a mi pinta de Stella y bebiendo los buenos consejos y las palabras de ánimo de mis mentores parisinos.
La vida no está tan mal cuando sabes que puedes sentarte a tomar una cerveza cualquier noche con dos de las personas que más admiras en el mundo.
Los detalles sobre ambas cosas, DEMÀ.
When June died in May 2003, Johnny Cash was devastated. He lost his dearest companion and soul mate. Writer John Stiepler recalls: “John and June did have a happy ending to their love story. Each doted on the other as they closed out the world around them and quietly allowed peace to reign. I heard John say to her many times ‘We saw it all, didn’t we, baby.’ Whereas at one time he meant that ruefully, it became a valedictory.” Johnny knew he wouldn’t live long without June in his life and at one point her had his daughter Cindy drive him to the cemetery to visit June’s grave. Standing over her marker, he started sobbing again, “I’m coming, baby.”
Nada que añadir. :’)
M’agradaria dir que he perdut “la nostra”, però no és així. M’agradaria no haver de dir que, en realitat, durant molts anys, “la meva” era una que estava més al nord, i que ens censuraren ja fa temps. La d’ací mai m’ha fet sentir orgullosa. No ens enganyem: no ens l’han tancat, no ens l’han llevat: fa molts anys que no era nostra. Evidentment és molt trist veure com cau, de manera tan injusta, precipitada i arbitrària, una tel·levisió autonòmica que hem pagat amb els nostres impostos. Però les veus dissonants sempre trobaran altres llocs, i les dels valencians descontents mai han estat escoltades a la difunta Canal 9, llevat d’aquestes últimes setmanes. No és suficient. Ara només tinc l’esperança de que aquesta indignació no es quede en uns quants crits, i siga realment el motor d’un canvi.