The Odds of Atlantic City, etc.
The Odds of Atlantic City is a new series of images starting at Quondam. This series is a continuation of House in Ottopia, Art that is Otto and Einstein at Princeton 5 March 2000, and Blicks von Moravia.
Film Director Ingmar Bergman Dies
[coincidental reading within the last hour...]
...This is why cinima is the most alive, the most exciting, the most important of all art forms right now. Perhaps the way one tells how alive a particular art form is is by the latitude it gives for making mistakes in it and still being good. For example, a few of the films of Bergman--though crammed with lame messages about the modern spirit, thereby inviting interpretations--still triumph over the pretentious intentions of their director. In Winter Light and The Silence, the beauty and visual sophistication of the images subvert before our eyes the callow pseudo-intellectuality of the story and some of the dialogue. (The most remarkable instance of this sort of discrepancy is the work of D.W. Griffith.) In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret. Many old Hollywood films, like those of Cukor, Walsh, Hawks, and countless other directors, have this liberating anti-symbolic quality, no less than the best work of the new European directors, like Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player and Jules and Jim, Godard's Breathless and Vivre Sa Vie, Antonioni's L'Avventura, and Olmi's The Fiances.
--Susan Sontag, "Against Interpretation" (1964).
I wonder what the Sontag, Bergman and Antonioni are discussing right now. No doubt something beyond the status quo, perhaps even beyond interpretation.