FAVOURITE MOVIES: American Psycho (2000)
There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable… I simply am not there.
—> 365 Days of Film: #54
Mommy (2014) dir. Xavier Dolan (babes)
Martin Scorsese - Honored Speaker at Tisch Salute 2014
WATCH THIS IF YOU NEED TO REMIND YOURSELF WHY YOU LOVE FILMMAKING. THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST INSPIRING SPEECH ON FILM EVER.
TRY NOT TO CRY.
Why do people go to the cinema? What takes them into a darkened room where, for two hours, they watch the play of shadows on a sheet? The search for entertainment? The need for a kind of drug? All over the world there are, indeed, entertainment firms and organisations which exploit cinema and television and spectacles of many other kinds. Our starting-point, however, should not be there, but in the essential principles of cinema, which have to do with the human need to master and know the world. I think that what a person normally goes to the cinema for is time: for time lost or spent or not yet had. He goes there for living experience; for cinema, like no other art, widens, enhances and concentrates a person’s experience—and not only enhances it but makes it longer, significantly longer. That is the power of cinema: ‘stars’, story-lines and entertainment have nothing to do with it.
Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting In Time (1987)
—> 365 Days of Film: #53
Bicycle Thieves (1948) dir. Vittorio De Sica
—> 365 Days of Film: #52
Applause (1929) dir. Rouben Mamoulian