What do I mean by character? Well, in a word, humanness. If you don’t convey humanness, your work is worthless. This is the purpose of all art. In a film, emotion without humanness is a defect. A person who is perfect at facial expression is not necessarily able to express humanness. In fact, the expression of emotion often hinders the expression of humanness. Knowing how to control emotion and knowing how to express humanness with this control––that is the job of a director.
A book club of one.
With frequent meanderings into film, music, art and ephemera.
- On Being Blue
To celebrate the New York Review of Books’ reprint of William H. Gass’s...
- “In art, what’s really being said is what’s been left unsaid.”