11 October, 2007

Greenaway announces the death of cinema

The Independent:

"He has been among the most exciting arthouse film-makers of his generation. But the British film writer-director Peter Greenaway caused a stir at Korea's Pusan film festival yesterday by launching an attack on modern cinema and claiming the medium's days are numbered.

'If you shoot a dinosaur in the brain on Monday, it's tail is still waggling on Friday. Cinema is brain dead,' said Greenaway, who has shocked and delighted audiences, often simultaneously, with movies such as The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and Prospero's Books.

'Cinema's death date was 31 September 1983, when the remote-control zapper was introduced to the living room, because now cinema has to be interactive, multi-media art,' he told a director's masterclass."


Jon Peacey said...

I have loved Greenaway's films over the years but I really do wish that sometimes he, and people like him, would try engaging their brains before opening their mouths... otherwise no matter how many times you shoot them in the brain their tails will keep waggling ad infinitum... if he wants cinema to be taken seriously he must be a part of the trend...

As for his complaint about cinema being turned into an interactive multi-media art (difficult to know whether this is a complaint or an instruction!) he should consider a work called The Tulse Luper Suitcases then compare it to Nightwatching!

Robin Kelly said...

Exactly. He denies being elitist and yet sees himself as separate from cinema.

There are people who would enjoy The Departed and Nightwatching, getting different experiences from them.