I’ve tagged this compelling post under the title of Cinematography, which is, admittedly, stretching the remit of my blog a bit, but an article from today’s British Guardian merits attention. Although two of the films mentioned – “Ida” and “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” – are beyond sublime cinematographically and deserve more than a mere footnote, the real reason I’ve reposted is to share the central premise of the article: Movies matter. We live in an age where most of our cultural gatekeepers have been demoted by a digital democracy championing an understanding that everything is now commodity: A sense that it doesn’t matter what you make so long as it satisfies a market need or want. This is unfortunate. The best movies, like the best art, usually come out of left field – uninvited and unexpected. The market is like a two-way mirror. The market is never surprised. It only observes. It consumes – never creates. Great movies, on the other hand, are always mirrors of who we are inside. The movies mentioned in the article are great movies. Worth a read. Link to article: I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons | Film | The Guardian.
Normally, I am against ‘colourising’ old photographs and movies. It’s a form of cultural vandalism and is indulged in by media corporations with large archives of black and white movies from the golden age of cinema. They do it because they can charge a premium for rental purposes. But this is interesting – the Chaplin image in particular brings the Tramp to life and could have been shot yesterday.