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Theopilis a Greek Film I didn't see
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From: Kerry James
Category: Films
Date: 11 May 2003

Review

I didn't go see this film. Not because I hate the languor of art films, I despise the degradations of Hollwood more.

I didn't enter the cinema because I wish to see no more wakes. I won't be there to see the thing die. The party is over, film is finished. I will not sit, imprisoned in a dark room watching images,words, and music combined to tell some story, illustrate an idea, or to fuzz my brain with easy multiplicity.

The movies have stopped moving. I see on the silver screen only the will of the auteur or the adman. Never is my disbelief thwarted. It cannot be. Film satsified, in the way illuminated manuscripts or novels did, some people for a while, perhaps for sixty years of the last century.

Now I, and others, hate the way it enforces passivity, the crudeness of its explicity, its naive belief that through mimicry(sound and moving picture) you can approach reality. It's impossible, more is less, and all the more painful because it came close and failed. Cinema is a minority interest. TV, internet, books, art, are more powerful in their abstraction. Movies are dead, long live life.

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