Why You Should Never Stop Watching Films

Source: Universal Pictures/Working Title Films/Mike Zoss Productions

In this past year, I have kept myself busy with a lot of work after a shattering episode of depression just about this time of the year last year. But while you are at work every day, especially in full employment where you leave your place to spend time in an office, you tend to lose perspective. You tend to forget about your mental growth, about your physical well being, and even your perspective about the bigger picture. About life.

While there are things that you are never going to fix, or can fix, which are lost with time. Second by second. There is no turning back from there. You could at least get your focus right. You could at least slap your face and wake yourself up from the slumber and start paying attention to the things that matter. Now there are plenty, not just limited to human relations. But one of them is your appreciation of art, literature, and cinema.

And especially when you are put off by the sort of films that are coming out. So while I cannot believe that audiences have rejected “Hail Caeser! (2016)” of the ever-magnificent Coen Brothers and rather watched X:Men Apocalypse and Deadpool, it only increases my appreciation for things that I admire. It tells you that cinema is still alive.

Haha, there was a time when I said to my friend Faheem Zafar who had introduced me to such great cinema that I was afraid one day we would run out of films to watch. He laughed off my comment and rightly so as I hardly watch a film anymore until in the recent days. But it is true in a way because I am pretty much out of anymore Bunuel or Fellini films to watch. That is all what matters.

Now these works of art (if you can call them that) inspired you to be a filmmaker when you were young. When you grow up and enter the industry one way or another, you wonder if you are really all that into it. Even if you don’t want to, or cannot, do anything else.  And you wonder if you can really keep up.

But what we forget at those times is that it is telling your personal expression which was once the dearest to us. We are here because we wanted to tell our -stories, even when we are not able to. Because we are telling stories in some form. Even if it is someone else’s story.

So when you are putting on thick armor around your skin to survive, it is important not to forget to live the way you did when those moments of inspiration struck you. Those moments of inspiration that set your sail this way.

It is very important that you should not stop watching films. Or even reading books.

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David Lean – “Nothing is Written”

Sir David Lean (1908 - 1991) Source: mptvimages.com

David Lean is one of the greatest film directors of all time. His works included films like Great Expectations (1946) and Doctor Zhivago (1965). He won two Academy Awards for Best Director for his most famous and admired movies The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), considered among the best motion pictures of all time.  He received the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1990.

His work inspires many of the important directors of our times, especially Steven Spielberg, who once said that he always visited a David Lean movie before making a film himself after he had the honor of having a director’s commentary session with Lean on Lawrence of Arabia.

For further details, check his filmography at the IMDB.

 

A glimpse of how he perceived filmmaking.

I think people remember pictures not dialogue. That’s why I like pictures.

Film is a dramatized reality and it is the director’s job to make it appear real… an audience should not be conscious of technique.

Always cast against the part and it won’t be boring.

I wouldn’t take the advice of a lot of so-called critics on how to shoot a close-up of a teapot.

I like making films about characters I’d like to have dinner with.

 

On the birthday of the master British filmmaker, one of the most important lessons to learn from one of his most famous works Lawrence of Arabia (1962), an epic based on the life of T. E. Lawrence, a British soldier and writer who played a great part in changing the face of World War I for the British and Allies on the Arabian Front against Turkey.

Nothing is Written.