I've always thought that deconstructing and analyzing movies takes away the magic. I couldn't have been any more wrong. It's the exact opposite.
For three days, I've been in wondermovieland. CCF organized un atelier d'analyse de l'image avec Florent Darmon, and it was amazing! I was in awe the whole time I was listening to Darmon. (Plus, it's like the Refresh button on my French was activated.)
The most important thing I've learned is that I know nothing about cinema. I hadn't seen any of the movies presented during the workshop (at least I had an affirmative answer to the question "Vous connaissez Godard?"), and I realized that I don't even know how to watch a movie. I only follow the narrative line (if there's one) and analyze the thematic aspects of the movie. Hopefully, all this will change. Also, I've come to the conclusion that the quantity of movies I watch is not that important (they say a film critic should have seen over 1000 essential movies); I guess it's more important to watch the same movie several times in order to be able to analyze it in great detail. Then, if I learn how to analyze movies by the book, I can start worrying about the quantity too.
The first thing that I need to do now is to watch all the movies analyzed during the workshop (listed below) and then take all my books about cinema and seriously start learning.
- Lettre d'une inconnue (Max Ophüls, 1948)
- Pickpocket (Robert Bresson, 1959)
- L'année derniere a Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961)
- Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)
- Ponette (Jacques Doillon, 1996)
- Rosetta (Dardenne, 1999)
- Du soleil en hiver(Samuel Collardey, 2005)
- Gbanga Tita (Thierry Knauff, 1994)
- Regards libres (Romain Delange)
- Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985)