A blog dedicated to films I love and films I am interested in seeing. As an aspiring film snob, a place to post without annoying my friends :)
The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.
Godard nailed it once and for all: at the cinema, you raise your eyes to the screen; in front of the television, you lower them. Then there is the role of the shutter. Out of the two hours you spend in a movie theater, you spend one in the dark. It’s this nocturnal portion that stays with us, that ‘fixes’ our memory of a film (the way you fix color on a canvas) in a different way from the same film seen on a television or on a monitor.
Chris Marker, director of La Jetée, Le Joli Mai, and Sans Soleil.
Full disclosure: he goes on to say how exhilarated he’d been by a recent viewing of An American in Paris on his iBook, so maybe we’re all just acting romantic for the hell of it.