Some sort of pressure must exist; the artist exists because the world is not perfect. Art would be useless if the world were perfect, as man wouldn’t look for harmony but would simply live in it. Art is born out of an ill-designed world.
Andrei Tarkovsky (via theinsatiables)
I find this quote to be fascinating. I’ve never consciously associated art with sin, but after reading it, something clicked for me. The reason I’m so drawn to music, and books, and films, and photographs are because they capture something beautiful. And I can experience and participate in it, and even create it. But all these things are the groanings of creation. I long for something more, something better. And I know it will come. “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:20-25
Last night I watched Copie Conforme from filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. I haven’t had time to fully process it, but it was a great film. Without getting into the story, the film as a whole had everything I enjoy in movies. A unique style I noticed, and loved, was longer than normal takes. For example, in a conversation the camera would be on Juliette Binoche while she was talking, but when William Shimell begins to speak, the camera stays on her. We only hear William Shimell off-camera. It was quite noticeable and kind of caught me off guard at the beginning of the film. I was thinking “Why haven’t they cut yet.”, but I absolutely fell in love with Kiarostami’s style. It was wonderful to watch Binoche act without having to drive the dialogue. And in other scenes, such as an audience listening to Shimell deliver a speech, we rarely see him speaking but rather the majority of the time is given to us watching the audience. The viewer has complete freedom of who or what to focus on. My favorite was being able to watch how Binoche responded to what she was hearing/seeing. If you haven’t seen this film, or even heard of it, I would highly recommend you go see it right now. This is possibly my longest ever post.