The Death of Cinema: Peter Greenaway - Talking Pictures

The Death of Cinema: Peter Greenaway - Talking Pictures
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Friday, January 04, 1:00 PM
Annenberg Auditorium
This screening has been cancelled.

The Death of Cinema: Peter Greenaway - Talking Pictures
120 Minute Running Time

Peter Greenaway, the iconoclastic genius behind such astonishing films as The
Draughtsman’s Contract, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and The Pillow Book, along with this year’s PSIFF entry Goltzius and the Pelican Company, here provides a premise and a challenge: Is the contemporary cinema’s dependence on text leading to the death of cinema? Citing examples from both sides of the equation, along with copious clips to illustrate his thesis, Greenaway presents a fascinating treatise on the ways in which our reliance of text in film is creating a populace of “visual illiterates”. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating and hugely entertaining afternoon with one of the medium’s leading provocateurs.

“We have a text-based cinema - practically every film you have ever seen starts life with a text – finds existence with a text, finds money to manufacture with a text – yet cinema is meant surely to be a visual medium. We must separate cinema from the slavery of the bookshop. We must cut that umbilical cord that joins cinema to literature.

Cinema has always been largely the illustration of text, a second-hand occupation.
And most people are visually illiterate. Relatively few people are educated to see and
practice making visual images as they are educated to read and write. After about ten or 11 or 12 years old, very few people ever pick up a brush or a pen or a pencil to ever make images again, ever seriously consider the manufactured image ever again - in a life that now lasts 80 plus years - nine tenths of their lives therefore in a state of visual illiteracy.

Cinema can surely be the place to help educate the visually illiterate to be visually
literate. And the new cinematic languages are going to encourage us to do just that.”

Illustrated with numerous clips and striking visual imagery, Peter Greenaway's lecture promises to be enlightening and exciting adventure for all in attendance.

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