The Magic of Movies

Photo Source: J.R. Eyerman in 1952

Good morning!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  I finished re-reading “The Great Gatsby,” (brushing up before I see the movie) – I can’t wait for the costumes, the music, and the scenery!  The only other things that get me this excited are carbohydrates and sweatpants. 

I’ve been going to the movies since I was little; I worked in a movie theater in high school; and then, well, I became a filmmaker. There were several detours in between (I was a particularly bad secretary once) – but the one constant has been movies. For me, film is sanctuary, prozac, muse, palate cleanser, and eye candy.  (And piggy bank breaker.)  When the lights are dimmed, when the audience grows still, and when the projector casts a faint glow on the backs of the heads in front of you – it’s just one of those rare moments when a roomful of strangers is suspended inside of a moment together.  As someone who often sees movies alone, I think there’s something really beautiful about that shared inhale.  Then for 90 minutes, we laugh, cry or hide in our friends’ sleeves – drawn in, held, and then released – together.  I don’t know what else to call that but magic.

Here are some great quotes about the magic of movies from some of the world’s best filmmakers!

Alfred Hitchock – “For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.”

Federico Fellini – “”Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure.”

Ingmar Bergman – “Film as dream, film as music. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”

Oliver Stone – “One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.”

Francis Ford Coppola – “I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.”

Stanley Kubrick – “The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.”

Charlie Chaplin – “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”

Samuel Goldwyn – “Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.”

Orson Welles – “A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.”

Stan Brakhage – “Art is a sense of magic.”

Frank Capra – “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”

Philip Kaufman – “To me, thoughts are fun and art is fun. The strength of our society should not be idle entertainments but the joy of pursuing ideas.”

And here’s a fun animated short about the history of film. Find out what Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Edison, and a horse have to do with it!



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