St. Petersburg, in focus
Katsuhika Hokusai (October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849)
"My films are not a personal expression but a prayer. When I make a film, it’s like a holy day. As if I were lighting a candle in front of an icon, or placing a bouquet of flowers before it. The spectator always ends up by understanding when you are sincere in what you are telling him. I don’t invent any language to appear simpler, stupider, or smarter. A lack of honesty would destroy the dialogue. Time has worked for me. When people understood that I was speaking a natural language, that I wasn’t pretending, that I didn’t take them for imbeciles, that I only say what I think, then they became interested in what I was doing."
"Given the competition with commercial cinema, a director has a particular responsibility towards his audiences. I mean by this that because of cinema’s unique power to affect an auditorium—in the identification of the screen with life—the most meaningless, unreal commercial film can have just the same kind of magical effect on the uncritical and uneducated cinema-goer as that derived by his discerning counterpart from a real film. The tragic and crucial difference is that if art can stimulate emotions and ideas, mass-appeal cinema, because of its easy, irresistible effect, extinguishes all traces of thought and feeling irrevocably. People cease to feel any need for the beautiful or the spiritual, and consume films like bottles of Coca-Cola.”
April 4, 1932 — December 29, 1986
Pre-Code Hollywood refers to the era in the American film industry between the introduction of sound in the late 1920s and the enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code (usually labeled, albeit inaccurately after 1934, as the “Hays Code”) censorship guidelines. Although the Code was adopted in 1930, oversight was poor and it did not become rigorously enforced until July 1, 1934. Before that date, movie content was restricted more by local laws, negotiations between the Studio Relations Committee (SRC) and the major studios, and popular opinion than strict adherence to the Hays Code, which was often ignored by Hollywood filmmakers.
As a result, films in the late 1920s and early 1930s included sexual innuendo, miscegenation, profanity, illegal drug use, promiscuity, prostitution, infidelity, abortion, intense violence and homosexuality.
Honey I’m spitting distance from 40 and my parents still don’t understand me. As you get older, you just learn how to give fewer fucks about it. *hugs*
I’m coming to terms with the fact that she and I seem to have radically different ideas of the direction life should go in once I graduate and… well, it’s hard, but at least there are other people out there willing to be more supportive.
sounds like a case of parents being parents. but you do your thing. “love it because you’ve got an easy life there”? tnx ma, yes I’ll work hard to have a hard and miserable life then! I think it’s just the generation who was afraid to travel.
Haha, yeah, I think that’s an accurate diagnosis of the situation. I guess, as well, it’s not really what she was expecting from life, for her kid to just want to move to a strange and foreign land at such a young age, but whatever. Maybe one day I’ll convince her that it’s a good idea for me to go off and see the world.