Saturday, December 06, 2003
A bunch of author interviews at Dalkey Archives
I was researching Carlos Fuentes after reading the excerpt from his old essay on Buñuel at Criterion, and came upon his interview.
Read the Buñuel piece at least.
Sight connects. Buñuel has filmed the story of the first capitalist hero, Robinson Crusoe, and Crusoe is saved from loneliness by his slave, but the price he must pay is fraternity, seeing Friday as a human being. He has also filmed the story of Robinson's descendants in The Discreet Charm, and these greedy, deceptive people can only flee their overpopulated, polluted, promiscuous island into the comic loneliness of their dreams. Sight and survival, desires and dreams, seeing others in order to see oneself. This parabola of sight is essential to Buñuel's art. Nazarin will not see God unless he sees his fellow men; Viridiana will not see herself unless she sees outside herself and accepts the world. The characters in The Discreet Charm can never see themselves or others. They may be funny, but they are already in hell. Elegant humor only cloaks despair.
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Friday, December 05, 2003
"People thought I was dead. But I wasn't. I was just directing The A-Team"
R.I.P. David Hemmings
Blow-Up is one of my favorite films (I just noticed on IMDB that it was based on a Cortàzar short story!), and he popped up places like Northern Exposure (great turn as a former KGB agent) and Heaven's Gate (urp) before Gladiator (urp again).
Opera singer, painter, actor, director, producer. Never knew half that about him.
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Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Whoops. Snowed Under & Wallflower (which were on TCM overnight) are comedies, not noirs as suggested in the last post.
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