“Cinema is not a magic. It is a technic and a science. A technic born from a science and set to a will." - Class of Struggle
Long live Wesley Willis, the last rock star.
Really beautiful documentary, and one that understands the genre's relationship with time - unfolding live before the camera and preserved in amber forever. The only documentaries that Netflix (or any streaming service) can think to produce are history films, padded with talking heads speaking about the past and cut as if it's the present. Shooting a doc is trusting the future, but Netflix docs aren't interested in film or art, so they invest in what has already happened. Somehow they haven't figured out yet that the movie's better if nothing happens.
If you "liked this ironically" or have ever used the term "so bad it's good", drop out of film school, it's rotting your brain.
"And now, as the end draws near, you've become a victim to the black addiction of this planet: you want to touch others."
"By hating them?"
- In the Jungle of Cities
Spielberg's section is so misguided it's almost funny. It's important to note that he's the only filmmaker here who speaks of film exclusively in terms of economics. The epitome of the high art that he feels studios do not want made is "a 13 year old boy masturbating for the first time." This section, immediately followed by Antonioni's insightful reflections on issues of technology, almost speaks more toward the future of film than the words of the directors.