quinta-feira, 13 de março de 2014

Krohn: There's something I'd like to pin down that connects your work to the directors we've been discussing. It's really a simple idea, call it materialism, or literalness, or objectivity... Do any of these words satisfy you as a description of your intentions? When you speak about doing documentaries, and of adding a documentary element to your fiction, aren't you trying to depict reality in the simplest way possible? You don't like Fellini who is loaded with symbols and connotations, you seem to like denotations: this chair is a chair, a woman is a woman, a girl is a gun... Is there any opening in your films toward the symbolic connotations of things, or are you totally oriented to the literal?

Moullet: Well, I am a peasant in many ways. I am from a family of mountain peasants and am used to thinking concretely. But THE SMUGGLERS could be seen as a fantasy film. The essential consideration is money, for we can make simple and realistic films very cheaply. But fantasy films are, of course, more costly.


"The Danish author, Johannes V. Jensen, describes 'art' as 'soulfully composed form.' That is a definition which is simple and very much to the point. The same goes for the definition the English philosopher Chesterfield gives to the concept of 'style.' He says 'Style is the dress of thoughts.' That is right, provided that 'the dress' is not too conspicuous, for a characteristic of good style must be that it enters into such an intimate bond with matter that it is absorbed into a higher unity with it. If it imposes and strikes the eye, it is no longer 'style' but 'mannerism.'"

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