It is impossible to show a film without ruining it a little. Even under the best conditions, the projection of a film will result in the accumulation of tiny scratches and dust, and sometimes a perfectly calibrated machine will chew up a jumpy print.
Personal essays on the experience of cinema
March 1 The Touch
In the space of three minutes, the Dardennes manage a double-nod to Bresson (the film-within-the film is AU HASARD BALTHAZAR; the “real-life” action mimics PICKPOCKET) and also to distill the unique sense of immersion that accompanies theatrical viewing—the way that projected images can hold our attention to the exclusion of all else.
March 1 Hollywood U
It’s no accident that the postwar baby boom produced enough film people—makers, critics, historians, biographers, teachers, and other obsessive fans—to populate Rhode Island. No other generation, before or after, was as inundated with old movies all day every day.