Posted By bwatchman / Photography / Cinema, Photography, Tarkovsky / 4,373 Comments

From a message shared with an aspiring young director amidst his reflecting on “movie-going”:

I’d say most people are not satisfied when they come out of the movies. They surely aren’t fulfilled or moved to change or feel hopeful, that’s for sure. They might be satiated with a bit of escapism and or entertainment, but not on a meaningful and life altering way.

What is so sad is that cinema is treated the same way as a pack of smokes or a 8-pack of beer. It’s consumed like a drug and doesn’t offer people poetic art that can enhance their life or balance out their spiritual progress with that of their material gain or seeking.

As we go into the cinema box we go in with our broken selves dependent on the allurement of quick fixes and then come out disjointed and fragmented in thought to the point of bafflement – unable to speak. Unfortunately, this inability to speak is not out of reverence or awe of what we just saw; no, rather we are speechless because if we open our mouth we will spew vomit from the overindulged cgi action-fest we just came out of.

But I digress with this: As an artist, the only way to respond without giving any sort of undeserved attention to the sinful catastrophe of modern day cinema is to make or produce a beautiful film that projects truth and ardently pulls on the heart strings that lead to self-awareness and progress of the soul.

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