Tuesday, July 31, 2007

MESSAGES




Ingmar Bergman, who died this week aged 89, encouraged young directors not to direct any film that does not have a "message," but rather to wait until one comes along that does, yet admitted that he himself was not always sure of the message of some of his films.




Maj Sjowall, one half of the great crime writing duo, claimed "they never expected to be translated into English that was for Strindberg not for us."


That excellent crime writer Reginald Hill, creator of Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe, states that he has never read Ian Rankin.


Thanks to Deadly Pleasures magazine for those last two titbits.

3 Comments:

Blogger Peter said...

I liked the Reginald Hill/Ian Rankin bit, not out of animus toward Rankin, but for the refreshing reminder that it is not necessary to read, buy or listen to the Next Big Thing. It's always refreshing when someone ignores the hype.

And how about Bergman and Antonioni dying within days of one another? The two men who probably did more than any others to put solemnity and (excessive) seriousness into the experience of moviegoing are now gone.
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Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I read Antonioni was 94, Bergman 89, keeping so cheerful gave them longevity.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

If they'd just loosened up a bit, they might have lived longer.

I suspect that they were not nearly as dour as their black-clad acolytes. Bergman directed what I recall as a cheerful Magic Flute.
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