Friday, October 07, 2005

Bravery in Stillness

A few weeks ago, when I saw David Gordon Green present two films (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and Jeremiah Johnson) from his favorite era of film—the 70s, he noted that, “no one makes films like this anymore.” Only recently have I noticed what he means. Unlike today’s films, there is a quietness to their pacing. Shots linger longer than they would today and as a result things unfold in front of your eyes. There’s also a warmness to the way they are shot, with that somewhat overblown look that is so common among them (Godfather, Scarecrow, Mean Streets). But more than anything the thing I’m taking away from them is just how brave a choice it is to be so still in a process that lends itself to being anything but.

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