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Ghandi's Cotton Hankie
tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach
11 January 2007
I don't know what the future media will allow. It used to be a blessing
that we could simply watch an old movie without waiting for the market
to bring it to a screen controlled by someone else. Then came the DVD
and "extras." Its rare that these expand the cinematic experience for
me. That's because there are market forces that apply to them, apart
from the film itself, and those forces don't deliver true.
The problem is that many movies are an experience between the filmmaker
and us, and often that filmmaker is following a set of urges he or she
doesn't fully understand by sees and trusts. Sometimes, hearing from
the filmmaker outside the film expands on that experience, but its
often the case that the filmmaker is making up a story that sounds
good. These are storytellers after all, and they'll want to spin a
metastory that supports sales, or their own legend.
And as often, the filmmaker will say something that is actually a
matter of concern but not central to the art. Very rarely will you find
an artist of any stripe who knows what he is about and why and why it
matters to us. Cronenberg is more of an intuitive, but I have heard him
speak about his work in terms that is both interesting and
illuminative. Not so much about the art himself, but his motivations
and what satisfies.
This film is a movie made by his wife during the shooting of what I
consider a failure: "History of Violence." It features all sorts of
"home movie" shots of people involved in their craft, actors ruminating
on what they are doing, and David in the act of setting up shots.
Well, I suppose it is something to learn that he doesn't storyboard.
But the problem is that what we get is mostly from people who
contribute to the thing but don't understand the thing apparently
don't have the will or matter to understand. So we just get drivel.
Worse, as with most of these, we get the actors speaking. Actors are
fine in my book, and I do wonder about how they do their craft. But its
not in an actor's portfolio to understand the grand composition they
just have different, often conflicting concerns. They live in different
Maria Bello is quite adequate in what she does here. But in real life,
she's a nitwit, and anything she says about this film detracts rather
than adds. I recommend you watch the film, and ignore this "extra" on
Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with
this part of your life.
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