What’s more important: technique or story?

Jan 05, 2019,13:29 PM
 

Classic question... The latest project by Alfonso Cuarón (producer, writer, director, & cinematographer) is the 2018 movie "Roma"... you might enjoy the imagery of the movie... (link to trailer)




Poster for "Roma" by Alfonso Cuarón


Alfonso Cuarón talking about his latest movie in a NYTimes interview... "Technique, style, content, language": Cuarón often feels frustrated with the way journalists use these words. When critics equate "form" with appearance or "content" with plot, they’re being facile, he said. And when people ask him what’s more important: technique or story? "Then you say: They definitely don’t understand what cinema is. Because what they’re calling technique in film — and I’m not talking about commercial movies — isn’t technique. It’s language. When Tarkovsky makes decisions about framing and about how to move the camera, they’re not technical decisions, or even stylistic ones. They’re requirements of the language that he needs for his filmic experience."

Note: MPAA Rated R for graphic nudity, some disturbing images, and language

I like this quote: "When people see some depth you never intended that's really cool, you just put on a face and say "Oh, yeah, that was deep". What are you going to say? I'm just a moron with luck?"  - Alfonso Cuarón

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Thanks for sharing and happy New Year Kasey

 
 By: renerod : January 5th, 2019-14:15
I have always thought that photography is about telling stories with the images you take. So I would say story. Your photograph can not be technically perfect, but if it tells a story, people with the sensitivity will like it. And even if nobody does, you... 

René: As a lad, I remember talking to my dad...

 
 By: cshimokita : January 5th, 2019-17:13
who among other things was a professional photographer, about "opportunity vs. quality of technique"... how a beautiful location or spectacular event might over shadow a very well executed photo of a mundane or banal theme. For the life of me I can't reme... 

Indeed Technique could be defined as

 
 By: renerod : January 7th, 2019-15:22
The way each photographer has learnt to achieve his personal, distinguishable and own liked style of photography. Thanks for your clarification Casey. Best. René

The "visual language" is not the same for everyone...

 
 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2019-23:23
... the cues and clues are as individual as the photographer who is taking the photo.

The Japanese movie Shoplifters was excellent.

 
 By: Spangles : January 5th, 2019-15:20
I heard Cold War was also excellent.

Thanks for the two recommendations Spangles...

 
 By: cshimokita : January 5th, 2019-17:24
The Japanese indie film "万引き家族" (direct translation "Shoplifting Family") looks to be excellent and it seems to have won the top prize at Cannes. The 2018 Polish historical period movie "Zimna wojna" (Cold War) is likewise very well recieved... It's getti... 

There is a small art movie house that just opened in the neighborhood...

 
 By: cshimokita : January 6th, 2019-00:49
Which is great news... the 'problem' I have with seeing foreign language films here in Tokyo is that the movies are normally in the original language with Japanese sub-titles... I remember watching the English version of "Dancing with Wolves" in Zurich wh... 

A couple of results from the Golden Globes 2019

 
 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2019-00:44
Best director - motion picture Winner: Alfonso Cuarón - Roma Best foreign language film Winner: Roma Strange Golden Globes factoid... in the two "Best Motion Picture" categories (drama or comedy-musical) it seems that the nominees must be English-language... 

I think you need both for a fulfilling experience. In a movie, a good story line ...

 
 By: fernando : January 8th, 2019-00:37
with a mediocre director or cinematography may still provide the necessary entertainment for the masses and fill cinemas. A movie without a good story but with great technique may fall flat in the box office but is appreciated by a select audience that lo... 

My take it that it's all a bit of a 'trick-statement'...

 
 By: cshimokita : January 8th, 2019-14:50
What I like about "open questions" is that I am forced to think about the two seemingly opposite poles, how there can be granularity (the unexpected) at each end, and how they can complement each other... The cast of "Seinfeld" always said that the TV sho...