segunda-feira, julho 01, 2013

ON SICK (non-porn) MOVIES (by jgcorrea) Most of us are card-carrying fans of cinema as a vehicle for sickly expression, provided that the latter is expressed and shaped in creative ways. We love movies as disturbing as The Exorcist, Blue Velvet, Threads, The Devils etc. However, any filmmaker exaggerates when he opts for revealing his sociopath side, or when he wants to mess with the viewer in an evil or satanic way. Making a point is not a sufficient excuse. Film as arty-shock? OK. Film as a symbolically inedible artichoke, as applied to spurious or at least questionable social engineering purposes? Definitely No! "When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." (Nietzsche wrote) Inner anxiety is what it's all about, I think. Morals, history, science, love, pleasure, any kind of pursuit is the means to a relief of anxiety, but it is at best a means to the relief of a specific anxiety. Now, cinema is definitely more specific than the lot. The Nietzschean abyss is a comfortless world without limits, where "abyss" and "self" are the same thing. For Nietzsche the world is not an illusion, though. Unlike motion pictures, it is most real. Diverting one's sight onto the 'abyss' determines a deeper penetration onto you. Avoiding sick filmmaking determines a finer field of education onto a more civilised society, and more incisive manners.

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