Alec Nevala-Lee

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The most delicate moment

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Michelanglo Antonioni

The moment always comes when, having collected one’s ideas, certain images, an intuition of a certain kind of development—whether psychological or material—one must pass on to the actual realization. In the cinema, as in the other arts, this is the most delicate moment—the moment when the poet or writer makes his first mark on the page, the painter on his canvas, when the director arranges his characters in their setting, makes them speak and move, establishes, through the compositions of his various images, a reciprocal relationship between persons and things, between rhythm of the dialogue and that of the whole sequence, makes the movement of the camera fit in with the psychological situation. But the most crucial moment of all comes when the director gathers from all the people and from everything around him every possible suggestion, in order that his work may acquire a more spontaneous cast, may become more personal and, we might even say—in the broadest sense—more autobiographical.

Michelangelo Antonioni

Written by nevalalee

November 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

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  1. Fascinating quote from a fascinating director. However one should be careful about “gathering from all people and from everything around him every possible suggestion….” He must hang on to the theme of his original conception or it can get away from him, as seems to have happened in Ridley Scott’s new film, ‘The Counselor’ where a huge array of talent has been assembled, yet the result is an incoherent mishmash of pseudo philosophical ideas and an impenetrable plotlline!

    Robin Hawdon

    November 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

  2. Reblogged this on SummerSoft Labs.


    November 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm

  3. @Robin: Haven’t seen The Counselor yet, but I’m dying to check it out—it’s one of those movies where the negative reviews, given all the talent involved, make me even more curious.


    November 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

  4. The most delicate moment is when to capture it, like Cezanne on his canvas, and when Monet repeated the same painting over and over with the vivid passion but always the genuine talent to capture this fleeting whiff of the moment. Finally, like to say, when to find the right world, this is it_”le mot-juste”, famous and dear to Flaubert.


    November 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm

  5. Agreed—sometimes the hardest part is knowing when to start.


    November 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

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