Two years ago when i studied at temple u, i went to a free lecture for extra credit. I forget the lecturer’s name, but his presentation on the importance of rhythm in filmmaking made a serious impact on my YOUNG, MOLDABLE MIND.
he showed us the above video by Bruce Baillie on 16mm because, “true cinema lives in film. trying to love a DVD is like trying to love a dead person; it looks like the real thing, but it doesn’t breathe.” i thought that was genius. (side note: just fyi he was an ancient old man, not a trite hipster who calls all movies ‘films’)
His passion for this short film was ASTRONOMICAL. he called it “the most masterful piece of cinema…ever.” i thought it was beautiful that he could love something so short so intensely, if not extremely dramatic. I think he explained the flowers and garden gate as the literal music notes to the song, all in their perfect place. and wow that really GOT ME.
He showed this twice in a row so that we really “got it” and i definitely felt like i “got it” at the time. i really wanted to like this just as much as he did, but i think i liked watching his genuine reaction and seemingly life-altering understanding of it more than the piece itself.
in the vein of dvd’s being dead bodies, i’m sure youtube clips are like decayed mummies, so here’s a much more vibrant colored version, but it’s only a short clip.@3 weeks ago with 3 notes
my freshman year of college there was a sophomore who was ALWAYS— day and night— sitting in the tree in front of the freshman dorm that i lived in.. and he would throw candy at everyone walking by, and everyone universally referred to him as the candy man. also, in my memory he’s always wearing a cowboy hat. but thinking back, i feel like no one really questioned this at all, he was just the candy man in the tree. but i have SO MANY follow up questions right now!!!??!?
COLLEGE IS WEIRD.@3 weeks ago with 1 note