What critics will come to acknowledge, about their draw to the simple
Sitting in a theater being dazzled by James Cameron, I found myself suddenly feeling pretty good about the future. The technology behind "Avatar" is amazing -- but even more incredible is the artistic creativity inherent in the good old human mind. (Andrew Leonard, “What the news biz can learn from ‘Avatar,’” Salon, 4 Jan. 2010)
But it seems to me, this is the story from Avatar. Out of ruin, dispirit -- genuine uplift and communal embrace: the answer. I predict that, eventually, people will drop this it's the technology cover they're using to excuse / understand their being dazzled by the film, while they gradually acclimatize themselves to an awareness of the fact that they are now finding themselves drawn to the simple and reassuring, to what hereto they would have, without remorse, lambasted with scorn. The film did the miracle of laying out the storyline for our future -- in the end, being ungrateful to it would amount to keeping company with Selfridge, way distant from the excusing embrace of Ewya.
"What have you people been smoking out there? It's just a god-damn tree!," is the voice of the critic, of an era, that is passing. Crazily, it is -- alas.
Richard Brody shared a link.Moderator · November 20 at 3:38pm I'm obsessed with Bringing Up Baby, which is on TCM at 6 PM (ET). It's the first film by Howard Hawks that I ever saw, and it opened up several universes to me, cinematic and otherwise. Here's the story. I was seventeen or eighteen; I had never heard of Hawks until I read Godard's enthusiastic mention of him in one of the early critical pieces in "Godard on Godard"—he called Hawks "the greatest American artist," and this piqued my curiosity. So, the next time I was in town (I… I was out of town at college for the most part), I went to see the first Hawks film playing in a revival house, which turned out to be "Bringing Up Baby." I certainly laughed a lot (and, at a few bits, uncontrollably), but that's not all there was to it. I had never read Freud, but I had heard of Freud, and when I saw "Bringing Up Baby," its realm of symbolism made instant sense; it was obviou…
A Polish zoologist and his wife maintain a zoo which is utopia, realized. The people who work there are blissfully satisfied and happy. The caged animals aren't distraught but rather, very satisfied. These animals have been very well attended to, and have developed so healthily for it that they almost seem proud to display what is distinctively excellent about them for viewers to enjoy. But there is a shadow coming--Nazis! The Nazis literally blow apart much of this happy configuration. Many of the animals die. But the zookeeper's wife is a prize any Nazi officer would covet, and the Nazi's chief zoologist is interested in claiming her for his own. So if there can be some pretence that would allow for her and her husband to keep their zoo in piece rather than be destroyed for war supplies, he's willing to concede it.
The zookeeper and his wife want to try and use their zoo to house as many Jews as they can. They approach the stately quarters of Hitler's zoologist …