Darren Hughes on film as "Spiritual Contemplation"

Darren Hughes is writing an essay on non-narrative filmmaking: “The Limits of Traditional Narrative Cinema as a Medium for Spiritual Contemplation” … which he qualifies as “A Witless and Obnoxiously Literal Working Title.” I can’t wait to read it.

Darren is one of those writers who always strikes me as being miles ahead on a journey I’m trying to make (as time allows). And yet he writes with grace, with a voice that invites readers along with him, instead of condescending to those who don’t see things his way. That’s a rare gift, and I appreciate it. I’ve learned a lot from following his journeys into international cinema and his notes on learning to watch differently. (I included some of Hughes’ thoughts on Dreyer’s Ordet in Through a Screen Darkly.) When I hear him shouting back about something that has captured his attention, I find myself paying close attention and revising my own viewing plans.

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2 responses to “Darren Hughes on film as "Spiritual Contemplation"”

  1. Silva’s got all sorts of good points–and I’m glad someone in the industry is saying them–but when my family left the business in the mid-80’s those same problems were more than evident then. So, on the one hand, it’s been bad for a looong time. (I will say I think it’s gotten worse; I find it hard for me to even set foot in a C.B.S. these days.) On the other hand, it’s refreshing to see serious people actually talking about the problem.