daily-life beauty, questions
March 2, 2007 § 1 Comment
Tzvetan Todorov, Eloge du Quotidien, my link between Dutch 17th century paintings and 1920s Hollywood cinema:
. do stars in early silent cinema willingly play contemporary characters of daily life ? Or do they have a marked preference for noble characters inherited from the grand theatrical tradition, or from myths (Joan of Arc, etc.) ?
. In Hollywood silent films, is epic a mode for history, or for myth ? In other words, are epic films taken to represent historical, founding myths, or history itself ?
. “tendresse pour le vrai”, “cordialité pour le réel”, Todorov says of Dutch paintings. Abandonned by realistic paintings, but taken up again by slapstick ?
. in silent Hollywood cinema, isn’t there a general trend throughout the 1920s to discover the anecdote (the daily gesture) behind well-established, worn-out (symbolic) dramatic situations ?