By Scott MacDonald
A severe Cinema five is the 5th quantity in Scott MacDonald's severe Cinema sequence, the main broad, in-depth exploration of self sustaining cinema to be had in English. during this new set of interviews, MacDonald engages filmmakers in distinctive discussions in their movies and of the private reports and political and theoretical currents that experience formed their paintings. The interviews are prepared to precise the striking variety of recent autonomous cinema and the interactive neighborhood of filmmakers that has devoted itself to generating varieties of cinema that critique traditional media.
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You’re a combination of both Pierrot and Harlequin: you’re always reaching for the moon, longing for the light; and at the same time you’re playing tricks on the audience who are also longing for something they hope you can give them. Anger: The magic lantern I used in the ﬁlm was a real one, from the eighteenth century. It was part of the Cinémathèque’s collection of magic lanterns. They loaned it to me. In the ﬁlm I show that Columbine is a projection of the magic lantern, which is controlled by Harlequin, who is a Lucifer ﬁgure.
He was on the West Coast doing interviews. Dr. Kinsey came up and spoke to me afterward and said he’d like to interview me; he oªered to buy a print of Fireworks for the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University in Bloomington. Now it’s called the Kinsey Institute. MacDonald: How did these guys know to be at this screening? Anger: Kinsey apparently heard on the grapevine, which he was very good at listening into, that this screening was going to happen and that Fireworks was an unusual ﬁlm that he should see.
He was a songwriter and singer named Elliott Smith. He’s on the Dreamworks label. He killed himself last October. He was thirty-four and had had a ﬁght with his girlfriend and stabbed himself in the chest with a steak knife in his girlfriend’s kitchen, which was so stupid—but people do stupid things. On the other hand, his lyrics are quite dark; the word “suicide” occurs frequently. He had his own destiny to work out, but I was really upset over his death and the waste of this life, and I did Elliott’s Suicide as a little tribute to him.