Arta care te lasă unde erai

Păi, ce vrei mai mult? – mi se va spune. Vreau! Vreau ca toate astea să mă ducă spre un gînd sau spre o emoţie pe care să le pot prelucra, cu care să pot avansa spre un sens sau spre o experienţă revelatoare. Or, Fellini mă lasă, cu farmec, în locul de unde m-a luat. Tot ce pot spune e ceva de genul: „Ce chestie e şi viaţa asta!“ Bizară, seducătoare, tulburătoare, dezmăţată, caraghioasă, derizorie, implacabilă, inanalizabilă! Aşa e! O ştim cu toţii! (Chiar dacă nu avem cu toţii echivalentul filmic al acestor atribute.) Dar o ştim. Ei şi? Ce ai de adăugat la această trăire comună? Eu cu ce mă aleg (în afară de spectacolul însuşi)?

Andrei Pleșu – Fellini și spiritele


Television critic Tom Shales once remarked that “familiarity breeds contentment,” and popular culture could not survive without familiarity. Popular culture begins and ends with the familiar. It “leaves our feelings essentially unchanged. . . .It neither transforms nor fulfills our desires but only reminds us of them.” Good art, on the other hand, takes us to a world we wouldn’t have imagined ourselves. It does not leave us where it found us. “In a fully aesthetic experience, feeling is deepened, given new content and meaning. Till then, we did not know what it was we felt; one could say that the feeling was not truly ours.” Great music, literature, painting, or architecture imprints itself in our lives and becomes a reference point for our most subtle and profound experiences.

Ken Myers – All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes

The Western

The Western is in many ways a world of pure forms. It is a genre for minimalists. One has the feeling that the screen is, or ought to be, mostly empty. We hear the desert wind. We see a man on a horse, a town in the distance. We see a weathered face and a pair of steely eyes shifting ever so slightly. When too many objects fill the frame, or when too many words fill our ears, the tension dissipates, the proceedings start to seem silly, random, inconsequential. And when the violence comes, it has to come in the right way. Since the spectacle of violence is one of the chief “visual pleasures” the genre offers, the show-down has to be properly prepared for, so that it feels justified and morally clean.

John Crutchfield – Why I Actually Sort of Like Westerns (And You Should Too)