Re: Teaching film [Was: Experimental films showing at various Universities]

From: Fred Camper (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Nov 30 2008 - 11:54:30 PST

Just to clarify:

I think that having a great aesthetic understanding of avant-garde film,
or any film, does not require being an "intellectual," or scoring well
on tests, or having a "high intellectual level." I truly think that just
about *anyone* can "get" Brakhage, if they care enough to try to do so.
And lathe operation is as honorable as any other profession, and may
well be more demanding than most. I clarify because I realized right
after posting that what I wrote about the declining intellectual level
of college students really sounded wrong, on rereading. What I really
should have written is something like, "Some students are less likely to
be interested in a liberal arts education in the traditional sense of
expanding and freeing one's mind, and hence, less likely to be
interested in, for example, avant-garde film."

Fred Camper

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