© 2017 Philip Powers
When I have a particular observation, phrase, poem, statement - "OR JUST QUOTES" - which I want to say, write or express, I'll put it here. It's an observation. It's a new page.
For example, writing about Richard Roud's CINEMA: A CRITICAL DICTIONARY, or Paul Rotha's THE FILM TILL NOW, both of which I intend to do, making an evaluation of those books.
FROM ROUD'S CRITICAL DICTIONARY:
In Roud's dictionary, Tim Milne, writes that with La Tosca (which Renoir didn't finish and someone else took over), "the anarchic, commedia dell'arte freedom of action began to give way to formal control; and the path led through the operatic grandeurs of the baroque, where extravagance is reduced to order by firmness of line, to The River, in which Renoir encountered for the first time the one element required to complete his new serene. joyous and classically pure vision: colour. There followed the three golden masterpieces of the latter half of his career: La Carrozza d'Oro, French Cancan and Elena et les Hommes."
In THE MOVIE, Roy Armes, writets:
"To return to the work of Jean Renoir in the latter half of the Thirties is to confirm him as the greatest director of the decade. He was, in every sense, the complete author of his films and was far less dependent than either Feyder or Duvivier on the quality of scripts written by others."
Jean Renoir wrote, "What will remain of any artist is not his imitation of nature, since nature is changeable and transient; what is eternal is his approach to nature, what he can achieve by the reconstruction, and not the imitation of nature."
He also wrote, "I was afraid, and still am, of photographing Nature as it is. I think one has to look very hard, and by means of camera-angles and lighting enlarge the significance of a setting, a countryside or a human face."