I wished you were just fantasy.
—Six word story 4.8 (via pastdense)
The inimitable Cate Blanchett
(In honor of Oscar night…hope she wins.)
He hated sloppiness, in dress, in thinking, in writing. You could find precision in everything he wrote, and you could also sense it the moment you met him. He was impatient with academic jargon… jargon corrupts our language and thinking, he taught us. Find your own language. At no time has this been more important than in our contemporary world, where language has become debased and lives so utterly disposable.
If language may be regarded as an old city full of streets and squares, nooks and crannies, with some quarters dating from far back in time while others have been torn down, cleaned up and rebuilt, and with suburbs reaching further and further into the surrounding country, then I was like a man who has been abroad a long time and cannot find his way through this urban sprawl anymore, no longer knows what a bus stop is for, or what a back yard is, or a street junction, an avenue or a bridge. The entire structure of language, the syntactical arrangement of parts of speech, punctuation, conjunctions, and finally even the nouns denoting ordinary objects were all enveloped in impenetrable fog.
A walk through the park like no other, this brilliantly joyous conceptual documentary takes the vivid reality of bustling People’s Park in Chengdu, China, and makes it more real than real. The park’s myriad denizens and activities are portrayed as a literal panorama of leisure and revelry, filmed in one long tracking shot. People stroll, snack, socialize, practice calligraphy, and engage in a wide variety of song and dance, from Chinese opera to pulsing disco.
About the Filmmaker: J.P. Sniadecki grew up in the rustbelt of Northern Indiana and has lived and worked for several years in China. A filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, he produces work at the intersection of cinema and ethnography. His films screen at festivals such as the Berlinale, the New York Film Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival, and have received several awards.
"We’re roughly the same age, we both have two brothers — mine are annoying — we both grew up in middle-class homes with spirited, big-hearted mothers who encouraged us to do something valuable and interesting with our lives. We both went from public high schools to distinguished women’s colleges. …We both went on to graduate school at Yale.Where Hillary aimed her life and where it landed was evident very early on. While I was a cheerleader, she was the president of the student government. Where I was the lead in all three musicals, people who know her tell me she should never be encouraged to sing. Regardless, she has turned out to be the voice of her generation. I’m an actress, and she is the real deal.”