17 mars 2010

Ideas and excellence (Bordwell)

David Bordwell : "Insofar as we think of criticism as evaluation, we need to distinguish between taste (preferences, educated or not) and criteria for excellence. I may like a film a lot, but that doesn’t make it good. For arguments, go here again. Criteria are intersubjective standards that we can discuss; taste is what you feel in your bones. A critical piece that merits serious thinking tends to appeal to criteria that readers can recognize, and dispute if they choose.
Enough with the love, already. [..]
Opinions need balancing with information and ideas. The best critics wear their knowledge lightly, but it’s there. To be able to compare films delicately, to trace their historical antecedents, to explain the creative craft of cinema to non-specialists: the critical essay is an ideal vehicle for such information. The critic is, in this respect, a teacher. [..]
[DB's answer to a student wanting to become a film critic] Forget about becoming a film critic. Become an intellectual, a person to whom ideas matter. Read in history, science, politics, and the arts generally. Develop your own ideas, and see what sparks they strike in relation to films."

2 commentaires:

Adrian Mendizabal a dit…

will repost this to my blog! certainly the best response to the gathering storm in the web!

Pacze Moj a dit…


I like this answer!

...film criticism is often most interesting when it comes from people with knowledge of different subjects -- whether it's math, history or art history.

At least that's the stuff I enjoy reading the most.

Thanks for the quote.