Re: seeking recommendations

From: gyoungblood (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Oct 09 2007 - 16:15:38 PDT

The word radical is derived from the Latin radix, or root. So a radical approach to anything is that which addresses the root cause, or source, of its identity, its being. That's why it's in the interest of power to equate radical with extreme, but they are not the same at all. A radical intervention is extreme only if it is mistaken, only if the problem is not caused by the root source of the system's identity. In the poltical arena, neocons are extreme but they aren't radical. They don't transform the hierarchical, dominator paradigm from which the identity, or being, of almost all societies is derived, they reinforce it. In the realm of culture and the arts -- film in our case -- the violence of commodity cinema is extreme, Warhol and Brakhage are radical.

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  From: db
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  Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 4:20 PM
  Subject: [FRAMEWORKS] seeking recommendations

  I was chatting with a friend today and we started discussing the words "radical" and "filmmaking" within the same sentence. Got me thinking about a lot of films that would, for me, fit into such a genre (for lack of a better word).

  My dictionary describes genre as:
  a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter

  Such a definition seems rather anti-radical to me, so I'd like to toss out a call for recommendations of films that, to members of this list, would be considered radical.

  I'd rather not provide examples that have crossed my mind as I'd prefer to receive suggestions based upon unmediated (unguided?) ideas of what constitutes radical filmmaking.

  If anyone has suggestions please send them along, on or off-list.


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