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But his aim, I would imagine, is not to keep hot emotions cool so that intelligence
can prevail. The emotional distance typical of Bresson's films seems to exist for a
different reason altogether: because all identification with characters, deeply ...
It is a very dead-pan construction, which puts a sharp brake on emotional
involvement. Bresson also came to reject the species of involvement created in
films by the expressiveness of the acting. Again, one is reminded of Brecht by
It seems to be the implicit consensus of those who do Happenings that other
kinds of arousal (for example, sexual arousal) are in fact less effective, and that
the last bastion of the emotional life is fear. Yet it is also interesting to note that
this art ...
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If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review