French filmmaker Alan Resnais passed away this weekend at the age of 91. Resnais was a master filmmaker and a true citizen of cinema. Some of his great films include “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and “Last Year at Marinebad” and the short documentary film, “Night and Fog,” one of the finest works about the Holocaust ever conceived.
Martin Scorsese on Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan:
“For me, it really was the beginning. I saw it for the first time on television with my grandparents, and their overwhelming reaction to what had happened to their homeland since they left at the turn of the century was just as present and vivid for me as the images and the characters. I was experiencing the power of cinema itself, in this case made far beyond Hollywood, under extremely tough conditions and with inferior equipment. And I was also seeing that cinema wasn’t just about the movie itself but the relationship between the movie and its audience. Fellini said that when Rossellini was filming the Po Valley sequence, he acted on pure instinct, inventing freely as he went along. The result—in that episode, and in the Sicilian and Neapolitan and Florentine episodes as well—is still startling: it’s like seeing reality itself unfolding before your eyes.”
The Third Man - Carol Reed
"Don’t be so gloomy. After all, it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."
“Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat. And fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet…. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”
“Everyone, it seems, is interacting more with people who are elsewhere — and less with the people around them. As technology seeps through society, dampening every dry aspect of our lives, something is happening to: the idea of being present; the desire to be in the moment; the notion of living right here and right now.”
This was absolutely astounding and I’m so thankful I had a chance to see it on its last day at The Whitney. A time-lapse of new york is projected on a 7 foot tall, 360 panorama screen hovering four feet above the ground. You stand in the center taking in the city as dawn turns to day to dusk tonight. Interspersed throughout are six little short films. all different and seemingly disparate from one another… yet all connected in a kind of beautiful, intangible way. They are oddly shaped pieces of a mosaic that all make up one grand image. and the whole installation acts as a wondrous form of collective remembrance. We are all connected. It’s one story after another and we all write a page.
"Reflecting on the memories of the golden age of Hollywood, it gives the feeling that there is no such place like a movie theater to celebrate the birth of film from an artist. "The greatest emotion I have ever had in my life took place in the dark" and not in front of a smartphone or television. I have decided to spotlight the grandiose movie palaces to the independent movie houses. This is Cinema." - Franck Bohbot
"finding that one" by joel robinson
never know where that great idea will come from.. so it’s always wise to keep looking.