“and that’s what being on the Left is: knowing that the minority is everyone.”
“G as in Gauche (Left)”
Gilles Deleuze: From A to Z with Claire Parnet Semiotext(e) and MIT Press
Skyfall → color porn
I remember being annoyed at critics over-emphasising Sam Mendes’ “direction of actors” and the “complex characterisations” in Skyfall as if Mendes should be understood primarily through his background as a director of theatre. What I think is more impressive about Mendes generally and in Skyfall specifically is his outlandish color schemes, his lyrical use of sound, the deliberate oppositions: fast-paced montage vs. the long-shot that introduces the villain, carefully composed frames vs. the impressionistic hand-held free-for-all in the final action sequence.
- Walter Benjamin
“Orson Welles is a kind of giant with the look of a child, a tree filled with birds and shadow, a dog that has broken its chain and lies down in the flower beds, an active idler, a wise madman, an island surrounded by people, a pupil asleep in class, a strategist who pretends to be drunk when he wants to be left in peace. He knows better than anyone how to use the apparent nonchalance of true strength to give an impression of drifting, and advances with a half-open eye. The derelict manner he sometimes affects, like some dozing bear, shields him from the cold, restless whirl of the film world. A method that made him pack his bags, leave Hollywood and allow himself to be drawn toward other company and other prospects.”
— Jean Cocteau