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Did cinema die in 1983?
Poll ended at Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:46 am
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:46 am 
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Interesting how Greenaway argues for the increased democratisation of the cinema experience when, arguably, many of his works are elite, art house product...


Cinema is dead says Welsh film-maker

by Robin Turner, Western Mail

WELSH art-house film-maker Peter Greenaway has caused a stir at an
international movie festival by claiming traditional cinema is dead.
And he launched a scathing attack on modern blockbusters like the Harry
Potter and Lord of the Rings series, dismissing them as “not films but
illustrated books”.

The famously uncompromising Monmouthshire-born director declared cinema officially dead at Korea’s Pusan international film festival this week.
He said modern, interactive forms of film-making offered exciting new
possibilities for the future of film.

He said, “New electronic filmmaking means the potential for expanding the
notions of cinema have become very rich indeed. “Cinema’s death date was in 1983, when the remote control was introduced to the living room. “Now cinema has to be interactive, multi-media art.” The director, whose work like The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and Prospero’s Book has shocked as well as delighted, took aim at some of the biggest figures in the film business. He said the US-based video artist Bill Viola was worth “10 Martin Scorseses”

He said, “Scorsese is old-fashioned and is making the same films that DW
Griffith was making early last century.” He also spoke a number of lines in Welsh, to the horror of the Korean translators. He added, “Every medium has to be redeveloped, otherwise we would still be looking at cave paintings. My desire to tell you stories is very strong but it’s difficult because I am looking for cinema that is non-narrative.”

Greenaway went on to criticise what he called populism in the cinema.
He said, “Cinema is predicated on the 19th-century novel.
“We’re still illustrating Jane Austen novels – there are 41 films of Jane
Austen novels in the world. What a waste of time.”

Greenaway, whose Rembrandt biopic Nightwatching, starring Martin Freeman of The Office, is shown at the Pusan festival, said he believed the changes in how films were made would ultimately be acceptable to a wider audience.
He said, “Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter were not films, but illustrated
books – 35 years of silent cinema is gone and no-one looks at it any more and this will happen to the rest of cinema. Cinema is brain dead.”

He added, “Cinema should not be a playground for Sharon Stone.”
He claimed that the generation “who grew up with laptops in their cots”
wanted greater participation and “to do away with the elitism of Hollywood”,
replacing it with a cinema based on image rather than text.
Greenaway, who trained as a painter, famously said he considered cinema a “pathetic adjunct” to that medium.

He said audiences would move on quickly to interactive films.
He pointed to controversy when the film Star Wars was released, how people felt it was too fast and too difficult to understand, but now, he said, it had entered the language of film.

“We’re obliged to look at new media – it’s exciting and stimulating, and I
believe we will have an interactive cinema which will make Star Wars look
like a 16th-century lantern lecture,” Greenaway said. He said the last true film-makers were probably the Germans, including Volker Schloendorff, who is also attending the festival.

(http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/wal ... ys-welsh-f
ilm-maker-91466-19938212/)

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Rubbish.

Sometimes people just want to sit back (with a beer, a bag of popcorn and/or a partner) and let it all wash over them.


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"My desire to tell you stories is very strong but it’s difficult because I am looking for cinema that is non-narrative.”


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“We’re obliged to look at new media – it’s exciting and stimulating, and I believe we will have an interactive cinema which will make Star Wars look like a 16th-century lantern lecture,” Greenaway said.


Hm. I believe what Greenaway is talking about here is known, in the parlance of the youth-of-today, as the "video game". Someone needs to sit that man down in front of a PS2 and a copy of "Grand Theft Auto - Vice City". There's your non-narrative, interactive movie right there.

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Cinema is dead? So that's why all my DVDs melted.

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