Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Phillip Lopate wrote a essay called "In Search of the Centaur: The Essay Film" that might be worth considering in this discussion. It is featured in his collection "Totally Tenderly Tragically." He discusses several films in the essay, including the Bunuel "Land Without Bread," Michael Moore's "Roger and Me," Alain Resnais' "Night and Fog," and numberous other movies by Welles, Marker--the list goes on. Perhaps it is worth reading the essay and choosing a film from it to watch?

"It could be said that all first-person narration tends toward the essay, in the sense that, as soon as an 'I' begins to define his or her position in and view of the world, the potential for essayistic discourse comes into play. First-person narration in film is complicated by the disjunction between the subjective voice on the sound track and the third-person, material objectivity that the camera tends to bestow on whatever it photographs, like it or not...[First-person narration also] superimposes a thoughtful perspective, looking backward on the supposed "now" of the film..." (300-301).

Lopate, Phillip. "In Search of the Centaur: The Essay Film." Totally, Tenderly, Tragically: Essays and Criticism from a Lifelong Love Affair with the Movies. New York: Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1998. 280-311.



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