On Thursday evening, I started teaching an evening course called The World of Cinema at Cardiff University’s Centre for Continuing and Professional Education. I asked filmmaker, presenter, and critic Mark Cousins if he had any words of advice for students beginning a course on film. This is what he had to say…
Hi Rhys. Film is a world, not a nation or a continent. It's a language, closer to dreams than storytelling. It's young – cinema's best has still to come. It's a friend for life.
@RhysTranter just asked me about world cinema. If I had to show 6 films to introduce people to the world of film, I'd choose Ozu's Record of a Tenement Gentleman,Lubitsch's Ninotchka,Shepitko's The Ascent,Cisse's Yeelen,Satyajit Ray's Devi + Honkasalo's 3 Rooms of Melancholia. pic.twitter.com/9r6AqXa26H
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Why led you to write about When Harry Met Sally…?
It was a film I’d liked but not studied, but the BFI asked me to write the Classic on it to tie in to the LOVE season it had in 2015. I really came to appreciate the film once I sat down to analyse it.
How would you describe When Harry Met Sally… to someone who has never seen it?
Hmm! I would say that, narratively, this is a comedy about a woman and a man who meet at various times in their lives, and eventually get to the right point to be friends. For a while their individual neuroses balance each other out but then their increasing intimacy starts to cause more problems… From the point of view of form, I’d say it was one of the most cleverly and elegantly structured films I’ve seen. (more…)
“The age of the sequel is over. Now it’s the age of the sequel to the sequel. Also the prequel, the reboot, the reunion, the revival, the remake, the spinoff and the stand-alone franchise-adjacent film. Canceled television shows are reinstated. Killed-off characters are resuscitated. Movies do not begin and end so much as they loiter onscreen. And social media is built for infinite scrolling. Nothing ends anymore, and it’s driving me insane.”