Post by neilmcgowan on Jun 26, 2013 13:06:34 GMT -5
We watched three of the new films at the Moscow Film Festival today, in a marathon sitting..
Birth Day (by Moscow-resident Brit director Jonathan Cliffe) is a moody little mystery, about a young man who may, or may not, have committed a murder - he seems unsure about it himself.
One Day In The Life Of Vera is an amusing tale about a sharp-tongued hairdresser called Vera. She seems a complete harridan, but she has a secret - she directs a women's-voice choir in her spare time.
Chippendale is a magnificent short comedy - about a dubious antiques dealer, buying up stuff cheap in the provinces. And one day he is in the grottiest of grotty soviet apartments, and sees - a Chippendale sideboard, complete with provenance documents How to part it from its owners?
I tend to avoid marathon sittings wherever possible, Neil! I even prefer to avoid marathons, as I am not a natural long-distance runner. Of course, Richard Wagner's operas inevitably prove to be something of an exception, although a good walk in the interval is always a good idea. As for the Moscow International Film Festival, what an interesting selection of films!
I have always argued that cinema became the greatest artform of the twentieth century, and it is quite possible that it will remain the greatest artform of the twenty-first century. Nevertheless, the march of science and technology inevitably changes the name of the game, so to speak.
My mother recently told me that 'apps' would become the greatest artform of the twenty-first century. I think that she was winding me up (she is a technophobe), but she probably has a point. New applications will inevitably be turned into art, and it will be for future generations to decide what became the greatest artform of the twenty-first century. Well, if my Mum's got the right app, perhaps it will revolutionise art!