I cannot lie, I am losing faith in cinema. Sometimes I feel like I have lost complete faith in cinema. Will there ever be another director that compares in artistic integrity and real artistic progress (a career that noticeably developed with each groundbreaking film) as F.W. Murnau? Everyone that is truly serious about cinema knows that
Nowadays, 12 year old kids are making two minute and thirty second long short films that are more entertaining than your typical
A couple contemporary filmmakers give me “hope” for the future of film. I have no hope that there will ever be aesthetically pleasing films like Triumph of the Will every again, that are full of beauty that cannot be impersonated or contrived by classless Hollywood. I believe that it was that dirty and precise Kraut F.W. Murnau that directed probably the most beautiful film to ever come out of
No doubt, Harmony Korine’s directorial debut Gummo is a masterpiece that the world needed. What better way to get rid of the icky feeling of a film like Schindler’s List than to watch Gummo right after. Just like Gummo Marx, Harmony Korine is the odd Jew out in the world of filmmaking. Korine follows in the tradition of such honest “chosen” gentlemen as Otto Weininger and Carlo Michelstaedter (minus suicide, thankfully Korine came off heroin completely unscathed). When Gummo first came out, the cultural Marxist film “critics” acted as if Korine was worthy of a one man pogrom. Was it the fact Korine showed what the many American whites really live like (in poverty)? Was it the fact that a gay black dwarf insulted
After watching Harmony Korine’s recent effort Mister Lonely I felt that maybe the young auteur had grown soft. That was until I saw the trailer for upcoming picture Trash Humpers. It seems Korine is reverting back to his earlier and stronger filmmaking days when his drug addiction hadn’t fully caught up with him. I bet Bavarian Werner Herzog is very proud of his young Yiddish buddy Korine’s upcoming effort, a film influenced in someway by Herzog of course. Herzog is a brilliant filmmaker that turned Cinéma vérité into a sideshow. Of course, Korine turned that sideshow into modern day vaudeville. After all, Harmony doesn’t pay tribute to Al Jolson and blackface for nothing!
Western civilization is a rotting corpse covered in international maggots (the chosen maggots have entered the corpse deepest of course) of all slimy stripes. What was once beautiful and strong, has now become just another thing for those that cannot create to exploit. Do Giuseppe Andrews and Harmony Korine exploit those unfortunate subjects that they make films about? No, I honestly believe they do not. I believe that both video camera auteurs have a certain amount of empathy for their truly interesting and one of a kind stars. I would compare Korine’s and Andrews’ portrayal of his stars to that of Tod Browning in his masterpiece Freaks. On top of that, Korine and Andrews don’t have to coat their films in sentimentalism. Korine wasn’t selling a lie when he showed that young cowboys hate queer rabbits. Andrews wasn’t selling a lie when he showed that Bill Nowlin had no problem showing off his chode while drinking a beer in his trailer shower. In the age of Kali Yuga, what kind of art can one really expect?