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Film as Art

Film as Art
50th Anniversary Printing

by Rudolf Arnheim

  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 1957
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN : 0520248376
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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“More than half a century since its initial publication, this deceptively compact book remains among the most incisive analyses of the formal and perceptual dynamics of cinema. No one who cares about film can afford to remain ignorant of its insights and wisdom. As digital technology fundamentally alters motion pictures, the lessons of Film as Art commend themselves as excellent insurance against reinventing the wheel in the new media landscape and hailing it as progress.”—Edward Dimendberg author of Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity “After more than eight decades, Rudolph Arnheim's small book of film theory remains one of the essential works in defining film art, understanding film less as reproducing the world than as opening up new possibilities for formal play and unexpected imagery. Anyone serious about film, whether scholar, filmmaker or simply a lover of cinema, must take Arnheim seriously.”—Tom Gunning, author of The Films of Fritz Lang and D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film “An aesthetic theory based on the formal ‘limitations’ of the medium, Arnheim’s Film as Art always provokes students in an age of few limits and less formality, and they argue and engage this classic text with unparalleled passion. Written in the wake of sound’s transformation of the cinema, Arnheim’s essays are not only central to understanding a major historical moment in theoretical debates about what constitutes the ‘essence’ of film, but also are a must read for anyone seeking a lucid, detailed, and rigorous argument about how works of art emerge from expressive constraint as much as expressive freedom.”—Vivian Sobchack, author of Carnal Thoughts

The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen

The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen
A Book

by Peter J. Bailey

  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release : 2003-04-19
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0813139244
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For three decades, no American filmmaker has been as prolific—or as paradoxical—as Woody Allen. From Play It Again, Sam (1972) through Celebrity (1998) and Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Allen has produced an average of one film a year, yet in many of these films Allen reveals a progressively skeptical attitude toward both the value of art and the cultural contributions of artists. In examining Allen's filmmaking career, The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen demonstrates that his movies often question whether the projected illusions of magicians/artists benefit audience or artists. Other Allen films dramatize the opposed conviction that the consoling, life-redeeming illusions of art are the best solution humanity has devised to the existential dilemma of being a death-foreseeing animal. Peter Bailey demonstrates how Allen's films repeatedly revisit and reconfigure this tension between image and reality, art and life, fabrication and factuality, with each film reaching provisional resolutions that a subsequent movie will revise. Merging criticism and biography, Bailey identifies Allen's ambivalent views of the artistic enterprise as a key to understanding his entire filmmaking career. Because of its focus upon filmmaker Sandy Bates's conflict between entertaining audiences and confronting them with bleak human actualities, Stardust Memories is a central focus of the book. Bailey's examination of Allen's art/life dialectic also draws from the off screen drama of Allen's very public separation from Mia Farrow, and the book accordingly construes such post-scandal films as Bullets Over Broadway and Mighty Aphrodite as Allen's oblique cinematic responses to that tabloid tempest. By illuminating the thematic conflict at the heart of Allen's work, Bailey seeks not only to clarify the aesthetic designs of individual Allen films but to demonstrate how his oeuvre enacts an ongoing debate the screenwriter/director has been conducting with himself between creating cinematic narratives affirming the saving powers of the human imagination and making films acknowledging the irresolvably dark truths of the human condition.

Film Art

Film Art
An Introduction

by David Bordwell,Kristin Thompson

  • Publisher : McGraw-Hill Companies
  • Release : 1993
  • Pages : 508
  • ISBN : 9780070064461
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This introduction to film art explains the techniques specific to film as a medium, discusses the principles by which entire films are constructed, and explores how these techniques and formal principles have changed over the history of moviemaking. Frame enlargements are used to illuminate concepts, and there is information on the latest film technology, such as the computer and special effects used in shooting "Jurassic Park". This edition includes a new chapter dealing with types of films and the concept of genre; and there is also a new section on "The New Hollywood" and independent film-making. In addition, there is a new appendix on selected Internet reference sites in film from the World Wide Web.

The Film Art of Isaac Julien

The Film Art of Isaac Julien
A Book

by Isaac Julien,David Deitcher,David Frankel

  • Publisher : Bard College
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Artwork by David Deitcher, Isaac Julien. Edited by David Frankel. Contributions by Amada Cruz.

Film, Art, New Media: Museum Without Walls?

Film, Art, New Media: Museum Without Walls?
Museum Without Walls?

by Angela Dalle Vacche

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2012-06-12
  • Pages : 358
  • ISBN : 1137026138
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An anthology of essays exploring the relationship between film and art, within and across the domains of theory and practice, from the late nineteenth century to the present.

Marvelous Encounters

Marvelous Encounters
Surrealist Responses to Film, Art, Poetry, and Architecture

by Willard Bohn

  • Publisher : Bucknell University Press
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN : 9780838756119
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The concept of poesie critique - poetry that possesses both a poetic and a critical function - has an extensive history in modern literature. Written in response to another work of art, be it a painting, a film, a poem, or a piece of music, the critical poem comments on the latter in various ways but refuses to abandon its poetic mission. Marvelous Encounters examines surrealist poets writing in French, Spanish, and Catalan who experimented with this intriguing genre. The first three chapters are concerned with the French surrealists, who began to cultivate critical poetry toward the end of World War I. Chapter 2 considers how Louis Aragon and Philippe Soupault appropriated the critical poem, as they reviewed books of poetry and films starring Charlie Chaplin. Chapter 3, which examines how Benjamin Peret and Paul Eluard conceived of critical poetry, analyzes their response to poems by Tristan Tzara and paintings by Giorgio de Chirico and Joan Miro. Chapter 4 is devoted entirely to Andre Breton.

Fields of View

Fields of View
Film, Art and Spectatorship

by A.L. Rees

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2020-10-29
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1838719938
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Drawing on film theory, literary modernism, psychology and art history, Fields of View elucidates an expanded network of connections between avant-garde film and wider culture. In this bold and original work, A.L. Rees identifies three key terms - 'field', 'frame' and 'interval' and charts their use by filmmakers and theorists such as Dziga Vertov, Sergei Eisenstein, Bruce Baillie, Maya Deren, Malcolm Le Grice and Werner Nekes, from the 1920s through to the present day. A seminal voice in film culture, Rees left the incomplete manuscript for this book on his death, and Simon Payne has subsequently carefully prepared the book for publication. Fields of View is an important work that establishes a unique perspective on experimental film.

On Film Editing

On Film Editing
An Introduction to the Art of Film Construction

by Edward Dmytryk

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2018-09-26
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN : 0429000774
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In On Film Editing, director Edward Dmytryk explains, in clear and engaging terms, the principles of film editing. Using examples and anecdotes from almost five decades in the film industry, Dmytryk offers a masterclass in film and video editing. Written in an informal, "how-to-do-it" style, Dmytryk shares his expertise and experience in film editing in a precise and philosophical way, contending that all parties on the film crew—from the camera assistant to the producer and director—must understand film editing to produce a truly polished work. Originally published in 1984, this reissue of Dmytryk’s classic editing book includes a new critical introduction by Andrew Lund, as well as chapter lessons, discussion questions, and exercises.

The Man Who Leapt Through Film

The Man Who Leapt Through Film
The Art of Mamoru Hosoda

by Charles Solomon

  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release : 2022-02-22
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781419753725
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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COVER NOT FINAL An illustrated overview of writer/director/animator Mamoru Hosoda's Academy Award-nominated movies and career, including previously unpublished storyboards, background paintings, character designs, and concept art Journey into the mind and creative process of one of the most celebrated anime directors working today with The Man Who Leapt Through Film: The Art of Mamoru Hosoda. Written by renowned animation critic and historian Charles Solomon (The Art of WolfWalkers, Abrams 2020) and featuring exclusive interviews alongside hundreds of never-before-seen sketches, storyboards, background paintings, character designs, and concept art, this is the ultimate companion piece to Hosoda's work. Writer/director/animator Maroru Hosoda's work includes the Academy Award-nominated Mirai (2018); The Boy and the Beast (2015); Wolf Children (2012); Summer Wars (2009); and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006). He is the cofounder of Studio Chizu, one of Japan's premier animation studios.

Closely Watched Films

Closely Watched Films
An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique

by Marilyn Fabe

  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 2004-08-02
  • Pages : 279
  • ISBN : 0520238915
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Through detailed examinations of passages from classic films, Marilyn Fabe supplies the analytic tools & background in film history & theory to enable us to see more in every film we watch.

A Cinema of Poetry

A Cinema of Poetry
Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film

by Joseph Luzzi

  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release : 2016-02-22
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 142141984X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Cinema of Poetry brings Italian film studies into dialogue with fields outside its usual purview by showing how films can contribute to our understanding of aesthetic questions that stretch back to Homer. Joseph Luzzi considers the relation between film and literature, especially the cinematic adaptation of literary sources and, more generally, the fields of rhetoric, media studies, and modern Italian culture. The book balances theoretical inquiry with close readings of films by the masters of Italian cinema: Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and others. Luzzi's study is the first to show how Italian filmmakers address such crucial aesthetic issues as the nature of the chorus, the relation between symbol and allegory, the literary prehistory of montage, and the place of poetry in cinematic expression—what Pasolini called the "cinema of poetry." While Luzzi establishes how certain qualities of film—its link with technological processes, capacity for mass distribution, synthetic virtues (and vices) as the so-called total art—have reshaped centuries-long debates, A Cinema of Poetry also explores what is specific to the Italian art film and, more broadly, Italian cinematic history. In other words, what makes this version of the art film recognizably "Italian"? "A thought-provoking and well-written investigation of the role of history and realism in Italian cinema and the role played by the centuries-long tradition of poetry (or more precisely, poesis) in this quest."— H-Italy "Ambitious, inventive, learned... A Cinema of Poetry... brilliantly analyzes the art in the art film by showing how Italian cinema uses a chorus or expresses itself through allegory... This impressively intelligent re-description of the tradition surely takes its place alongside other necessary histories of Italian cinema."— Choice Joseph Luzzi is a professor of comparative literature at Bard College. He is the author of Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy, which received the MLA’s Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies; My Two Italies, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; and In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love.

The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen

The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen
A Book

by Peter Bailey

  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release : 2001
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 0813121671
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For three decades, no American filmmaker has been as prolific—or as paradoxical—as Woody Allen. From Play It Again, Sam (1972) through Celebrity (1998) and Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Allen has produced an average of one film a year, yet in many of these films Allen reveals a progressively skeptical attitude toward both the value of art and the cultural contributions of artists. In examining Allen’s filmmaking career, The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen demonstrates that his movies often question whether the projected illusions of magicians/artists benefit audience or artists. Other Allen films dramatize the opposed conviction that the consoling, life-redeeming illusions of art are the best solution humanity has devised to the existential dilemma of being a death-foreseeing animal. Peter Bailey demonstrates how Allen’s films repeatedly revisit and reconfigure this tension between image and reality, art and life, fabrication and factuality, with each film reaching provisional resolutions that a subsequent movie will revise. Merging criticism and biography, Bailey identifies Allen's ambivalent views of the artistic enterprise as a key to understanding his entire filmmaking career. Because of its focus upon filmmaker Sandy Bates’s conflict between entertaining audiences and confronting them with bleak human actualities, Stardust Memories is a central focus of the book. Bailey’s examination of Allen’s art/life dialectic also draws from the off screen drama of Allen’s very public separation from Mia Farrow, and the book accordingly construes such post-scandal films as Bullets Over Broadway and Mighty Aphrodite as Allen’s oblique cinematic responses to that tabloid tempest. By illuminating the thematic conflict at the heart of Allen's work, Bailey seeks not only to clarify the aesthetic designs of individual Allen films but to demonstrate how his oeuvre enacts an ongoing debate the screenwriter/director has been conducting with himself between creating cinematic narratives affirming the saving powers of the human imagination and making films acknowledging the irresolvably dark truths of the human condition.

Film as a Subversive Art

Film as a Subversive Art
A Book

by Amos Vogel

  • Publisher : C&T Publishing
  • Release : 2005
  • Pages : 335
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Featuring over 300 rare film stills, this text analyzes how aesthetic, sexual, and ideological subversives use one of the most powerful art forms of our time to exchange or manipulate our conscious and unconscious, demystify visual taboos, destroy dated cinematic forms, and undermine existing value systems and institutions.

Hirschfeld's Hollywood

Hirschfeld's Hollywood
The Film Art of Al Hirschfeld

by David Leopold

  • Publisher : Harry N. Abrams
  • Release : 2001
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9780810990524
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This fun and affordable book, which accompanies an exhibition at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, showcases Hirschfeld's artwork for movie posters, billboards, murals and theater displays. 115 illustrations.

The Material Image

The Material Image
Art and the Real in Film

by Brigitte Peucker

  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 251
  • ISBN : 9780804754316
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Focusing on intermediality, The Material Image situates film within questions of representation familiar from the other arts: What is meant by figuring the real? How is the real suggested by visual metaphors, and what is its relation to illusion? How is the spectator figured as entering the text, and how does the image enter our world? The film's spectator is integral to these concerns. Cognitive and phenomenological approaches to perception alike claim that spectatorial affect is "real" even when it is film that produces it. Central to the staging of intermediality in film, tableaux moments in film also figure prominently in the book. Films by Scorsese, Greenaway, Wenders, and Kubrick are seen to address painterly, photographic, and digital images in relation to effects of the real. Hitchcock's films are examined with regard to modernist and realist effects in painting. Chapters on Fassbinder and Haneke analyze the significance of tableau for the body in pain, while a final chapter on horror film explores the literalism of psychopathic tableau. Here, too, art and the body—images and the real—are juxtaposed and entwined in a set of relations.

Film as Art

Film as Art
50th Anniversary Printing

by Rudolf Arnheim

  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 1957
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN : 9780520248373
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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“More than half a century since its initial publication, this deceptively compact book remains among the most incisive analyses of the formal and perceptual dynamics of cinema. No one who cares about film can afford to remain ignorant of its insights and wisdom. As digital technology fundamentally alters motion pictures, the lessons of Film as Art commend themselves as excellent insurance against reinventing the wheel in the new media landscape and hailing it as progress.”—Edward Dimendberg author of Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity “After more than eight decades, Rudolph Arnheim's small book of film theory remains one of the essential works in defining film art, understanding film less as reproducing the world than as opening up new possibilities for formal play and unexpected imagery. Anyone serious about film, whether scholar, filmmaker or simply a lover of cinema, must take Arnheim seriously.”—Tom Gunning, author of The Films of Fritz Lang and D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film “An aesthetic theory based on the formal ‘limitations’ of the medium, Arnheim’s Film as Art always provokes students in an age of few limits and less formality, and they argue and engage this classic text with unparalleled passion. Written in the wake of sound’s transformation of the cinema, Arnheim’s essays are not only central to understanding a major historical moment in theoretical debates about what constitutes the ‘essence’ of film, but also are a must read for anyone seeking a lucid, detailed, and rigorous argument about how works of art emerge from expressive constraint as much as expressive freedom.”—Vivian Sobchack, author of Carnal Thoughts

Film and Modern American Art

Film and Modern American Art
The Dialogue between Cinema and Painting

by Katherine Manthorne

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2019-01-30
  • Pages : 154
  • ISBN : 1351187295
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Between the 1890s and the 1930s, movie going became an established feature of everyday life across America. Movies constituted an enormous visual data bank and changed the way artist and public alike interpreted images. This book explores modern painting as a response to, and an appropriation of, the aesthetic possibilities pried open by cinema from its invention until the outbreak of World War II, when both the art world and the film industry changed substantially. Artists were watching movies, filmmakers studied fine arts; the membrane between media was porous, allowing for fluid exchange. Each chapter focuses on a suite of films and paintings, broken down into facets and then reassembled to elucidate the distinctive art–film nexus at successive historic moments.

Film Art Phenomena

Film Art Phenomena
A Book

by Nicky Hamlyn

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2019-07-25
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 1838715711
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Alongside the commercial cinema of narrative and spectacle there has always been another practice - call it avant-garde, experimental or artists' film (as opposed to art cinema). It is this work that Nicky Hamlyn, himself an acclaimed film-maker in the alternative tradition, investigates in Film Art Phenomena. The work takes its cue from modern trends in other artforms, notably painting and sculpture. This is film-making that emphasises the nature of its apparatus and medium in order to bring about a critical, inquisitive state of mind in the viewer. It deconstructs, anatomises and reimagines what film images are; it builds new machines; it recreates the setting of cinema or expands into new kinds of performance and exhibition. It often has a political dimension - urging audiences to make a free and active response not a passive, consumerist one. Hamlyn's major new study treats artists' film conceptually in order to explore key categories that connect different works and film-makers: from framing to digital media, installation to interactivity, point of view to sound. In so doing he considers the work of Stan Brakhage, Malcolm Le Grice and Michael Snow, as well as younger artists such as Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Jennifer Nightingale, and Colin Crockatt, among many others. Film Art Phenomena is a crucial intervention in debates about the modes of film-making that diverge from and oppose the mainstream.

The Film Paintings of David Lynch

The Film Paintings of David Lynch
Challenging Film Theory

by Allister Mactaggart

  • Publisher : Intellect Books
  • Release : 2014-05-14
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN : 1841503878
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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One of the most distinguished ?lmmakers working today, David Lynch is a director whose vision of cinema is ?rmly rooted in ?ne art. He was motivated to make his ?rst ?lm as a student because he wanted a painting that “would really be able to move.” Most existing studies of Lynch, however, fail to engage fully with the complexities of his ?lms’ relationship to other art forms. The Film Paintings of David Lynch ?lls this void, arguing that Lynch’s cinematic output needs to be considered within a broad range of cultural references. Aimed at both Lynch fans and ?lm studies specialists, Allister Mactaggart addresses Lynch’s ?lms from the perspective of the relationship between commercial ?lm, avant-garde art, and cultural theory. Individual Lynch works – The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire – are discussed in relation to other ?lms and directors, illustrating that the solitary, or seemingly isolated, experience of ?lm is itself socially, culturally, and politically important. The Film Paintings of David Lynch offers a unique perspective on an in?uential director, weaving together a range of theoretical approaches to Lynch’s ?lms to make exciting new connections among ?lm theory, art history, psychoanalysis and cinema.

The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen

The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen
A Book

by Peter Bailey

  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release : 2010-09-12
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0813128390
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For three decades, no American filmmaker has been as prolific—or as paradoxical—as Woody Allen. From Play It Again, Sam (1972) through Celebrity (1998) and Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Allen has produced an average of one film a year, yet in many of these films Allen reveals a progressively skeptical attitude toward both the value of art and the cultural contributions of artists. In examining Allen’s filmmaking career, The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen demonstrates that his movies often question whether the projected illusions of magicians/artists benefit audience or artists. Other Allen films dramatize the opposed conviction that the consoling, life-redeeming illusions of art are the best solution humanity has devised to the existential dilemma of being a death-foreseeing animal. Peter Bailey demonstrates how Allen’s films repeatedly revisit and reconfigure this tension between image and reality, art and life, fabrication and factuality, with each film reaching provisional resolutions that a subsequent movie will revise. Merging criticism and biography, Bailey identifies Allen's ambivalent views of the artistic enterprise as a key to understanding his entire filmmaking career. Because of its focus upon filmmaker Sandy Bates’s conflict between entertaining audiences and confronting them with bleak human actualities, Stardust Memories is a central focus of the book. Bailey’s examination of Allen’s art/life dialectic also draws from the off screen drama of Allen’s very public separation from Mia Farrow, and the book accordingly construes such post-scandal films as Bullets Over Broadway and Mighty Aphrodite as Allen’s oblique cinematic responses to that tabloid tempest. By illuminating the thematic conflict at the heart of Allen's work, Bailey seeks not only to clarify the aesthetic designs of individual Allen films but to demonstrate how his oeuvre enacts an ongoing debate the screenwriter/director has been conducting with himself between creating cinematic narratives affirming the saving powers of the human imagination and making films acknowledging the irresolvably dark truths of the human condition.