Text: Aristotle, The Poetics … Image: Robert Altman, California Split
Hence do we proceed to search out the secret powers of nature (which is beside our end), which to know profits not, and wherein men desire nothing but to know.
Text: Augustine of Hippo, Confessions … Image: David Lynch, Mark Frost, Twin Peaks
That thing where we leave real action and drama and incident tastefully offscreen, can we stop considering that tasteful yet? Or that other thing where characters who should/would confront one another over the shit they have between them, instead just have long, quiet awkward moments when they do meet up onscreen that are pretty much meaningless because all the other moments in the movie are also long, quiet and awkward—can we quit with that too? And maybe could we call that a cliche just like we do the distasteful, melodramatic cliches that this somewhat newer cliche replaced? And that other thing where we basically infuse every frame with our desperate worry about whether the tasteful people will like it, can we just freaking stop? And for good measure, let’s tell the tasteful people they can suck it, because they don’t know how to party.
We shall hear the angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
Text: Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya … Image: Paul Verhoeven, Robocop
"There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is mystical."
Text: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophocus … Image: John Boorman, Zardoz