“I heard a story once — as a matter of fact, I’ve heard a lot of stories in my time. They began with the sound of a tinny piano playing in a parlour downstairs…”
The world of movies is an extensive one. We watch them for pleasure, we study them for craft and make them for career. They are a passion, an escapism, oftentimes a therapy. What films have had the ability to do, over many years since the early filmmakers of Georges Méliès, Frank Borzage and Federico Fellini, is provide us with visual, artistically elaborate and realistically affectionate stories. Often, they comment on society, adhere to ideas and consequently, break boundaries. Some are fiction, and some not, whilst some give us an inferred insight to dystopian futures and other ways of living.
As expected through the evolution of time and society, cinema has changed greatly. The technology, the way we depict stories, what is said in dialogue in comparison to what could once, only be inferred. As recently as looking at Cannes, the plethora of films on show and in competition is expansive. There are reality-depicted films as well as more classic storylines and some more experimental. Short films, are, by their own right, a big part of the film industry on par with full length features. The craft has changed, or at least developed and has been experimented with far more than could have been once expected. So why resist old movies as a craft, passion aside?
In revisiting films, what can one learn? It is both an obvious and extensive area to explore, and thus, this post will not answer that question. This post is here to merely introduce, and entice you into a forthcoming project, and this is your only hint…