In an essay on Adornos relationship with cinema, Nicole Brenez proposes that the fact that one can think with certain films, and not simply about them, is the irrefutable sign of their value.
Bene was a famous theater director and actor who made five films from 1968-73. In 1968, after widespread inaction and corruption, the Italian educated youth, jobless, exploded in uprisings.
I often find myself defending my affection for Whit Stillmans films to a certain kind of youngish film cognoscente who argues that: a) Stillmans work is unable to transcend the limitations of the chattering preppy class it both celebrates and anatomizes; b) this chosen milieu is in the first place politically irresponsible, especially since he doesnt subject his characters to some kind of Buñuelian smackdown; and c) his conservative sensibility is reflected in a flat visual style that prizes talk over, well, visuals.
Geoff Dyer describes himself as a gate crasher writer: his choice of subjectsthe Venice Biennale, jazz, Burning Man, D.H. Lawrencevaries as widely as his choice of prose stylesmemoir, essay, travelogue.