Below is a quote from Luis Buñuel, taken from his 1960 article (manifesto?) “The Statement.” This short gem (as well as several other articles from the Film Culture magazine) was recently added to UbuWeb.
2. Mystery is a basic element of all works of art. It is generally lacking on the screen. Writers, directors and producers take good care in avoiding anything that may upset us. They keep the marvelous window on the liberating world of poetry shut. They prefer stories which seem to continue our ordinary lives, which repeat for the umpteenth time the same drama, which help us forget the hard hours of our daily work. And all this, of course, carefully watched over by traditional morals, government and international censorship, religion, good taste, white humour and other flat dicteria of reality.
Almost fifty years later and how powerfully his words resonate, perhaps even more so given our current cultural famine in regards to all things filmic.
Tks for this post Jim.
The article by Bunuel is short and is worth reading in its entirety: Luis BuÃ±uel "A
Bunuel also says inter-alia:
Sadly nothing has changed in nearly 50 years – not only in Hollywood but elsewhere.
Ironically though, in Bunuel’s case, like many others film-makers, including Orson Welles, he never made a movie that appealed to a “man in the audience”. This is the tragedy of much of the film-making that aspires to a grander vision: they are too intellectual and distant from the lives of everyman. For a film to connect with the audience, there must be an emotive and shared experience, not intellectual musing and cold detachment where technique overwhelms deeper universal meaning.