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 Posted: Fri Aug 3rd, 2007 04:03 pm
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in media res wrote:
Well, it was a two character scene leavng teh Chruch to the swings to the promenade of the riverfront: ONE CAMERA. TWO SHOT. NO CLOSE-UPS. Just two actors, brilliant script, Kazan as director and Leonard Bernsteins score!

The technique evaporated into the story. They were one.

Now the filmakers would be cross cutting, quick edits, extreme closeups of an eye or a lips back and forth. It is a different way to tell a story, and art does and must evolves yes, but just because the tools of the editing room are available does not mean we have to use them! Usually it is done because the director/producers do not think an audience has the attention of a puppy near a treat bowl.
in media res


What you're describing here is trust. Kazan trusted his actors. He trusted his skill as a storyteller. He trusted simplicity to tell the story. He was telling this story (some speculate) to restore his colleagues trust in him. The whole film was an exercise in trust.

What a happy accident this example is.

Because, since the 1950's (a hothouse of its own brand of paranoia), American culture has grown less trustful of everything. We don't trust our governement, we don't trust our infrastructure, we don't trust the media, we don't trust our neighbors.

Hell, we've read planty of threads on this forum about how playwrights don't trust actors or directors to get their play right so they compose all of those stage directions.

But great art takes a big risk, because it trusts.

It trusts that the viewer will understand without explaining itself. It trusts that the viewer will be considerate in the exchange for the viewing of art, whether it is a canvas, a paper, an actor on the stage is always an exchange, a dialogue between viewer and viewed. It is a fragile relationship.

The chance it takes on trust can often be misundertood. Why? Because it is so foreign to our American sensibility, that which does not trust.

Actors work for years to truct themselves, to trust the words on the page, to trust the punctuation. Simply to be. Who hasn't heard that from an acting instructor? "Simply be." And yet, it is one of the hardest things to do. To trust.


PS -- there was an awesome exchange on my favorite show on television this past season -- BATTLESTAR GALACTICA -- on trust:

Sharon Valerii has been readmitted to the crew. She is a cylon who has attached herself to the humans. She is being sent on a mission for which she is the key player to help save half of humanity.

SHARON: How do you know you can trust me?

ADMIRAL ADAMA: I don't. That's what trust is.

Last edited on Fri Aug 3rd, 2007 04:07 pm by katoagogo