SHORT TAKES

FILM IN BOOKS

For your consideration, two interesting observations by French film director Robert Bresson:

“Two types of film:  those that employ the resources of the theatre (actors, direction, etc.) and use the camera in order to reproduce; those that employ the resources of cinematography and use the camera to create.”

” The TALKIE opens its doors to theatre which occupies the place and surrounds it with barbed wire.”

     Both quotations are from Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert  Bresson, translated by Jonathan Griffin, Copenhagen, Green Integer, 1997.

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DON’T MISS Don DeLillo’s latest collection of stories.  It’s called The Angel Esmeralda, and it contains a story called “The Starveling.”  I recommend the story to my readers and to all cinema buffs.  I find a lot of myself in the protagonist, and I suspect that most moviegoers  —  fanatics like you and me  —  will, too.

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LESLIE HOWARD was the subject of my post on April 25.  I am delighted to learn that Howard will be the star of the month in July on Turner Classic Movies..  This will be an opportunity to see again some of the many outstanding films in which he appeared in a luminous career, most of it as part of the Hollywood star system.

Coming soon to the screen nearest you:  discussion of Abel Gance’s four and a half hour La Roue (1922-1924).

Next post May 16.

Filmically yours,

Rick

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