The disintegration of genius

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The disintegration of genius

Postby dan-2 » Sat Jun 03, 2000 4:44 am

Can anyone think of a good reason why so many great directors fell apart so quickly in the '60s? Bergman, Fellini, Antonioni, Truffaut, to name a few, went from the sometimes sublime to the often ridiculous in a remarkably short space of time. Besides the obvious reason (money), does anyone have a better explanation?

Re: The disintegration of genius

Postby C.A. Childers » Wed Aug 02, 2000 1:19 pm

Recognition is one of the most violent killers of brilliance in artists.
C.A. Childers

Re: The disintegration of genius

Postby Tony Block » Wed Aug 02, 2000 11:33 pm

They got older? Of course directors like Bunuel & Kurasowa were still very good up to the end. Maybe they only had so much to say?
Tony Block

Re: The disintegration of genius

Postby LF_CELINE » Thu Aug 10, 2000 7:19 pm

The only artist of any kind who, I feel, consistently put out great works was Louis Ferdinand Celine...and he was a far as artists of any kind goes, the older they get, the less they tend to matter...yeah everybody loved "Ran", but nobody ever talks about "Madadayo" (which I thought was brilliant), which was the last film of his I saw...and in fact, "Ran" and "Kagemusha" wouldn't have been made if it weren't for a couple of fans of his early work (Coppolla and Lucas)...people tend to forget that Kurosawa tried killing himself on numerous times during the seventies because he was, in the words of many critics, "too old to matter anymore"....both "Dersu Uzala" and "Dodes'Ka Den" were financial and critical failures...Bergman had the same reputation during the seventies, and then made "Fanny And Alexander"...Fellini made "Amacord" and "And The Ship Sails On"...Robert Altman made "The Player" and "Short Cuts" after a decade of being ignored...maybe it's just that we have to catch up with them....

Re: The disintegration of genius

Postby CClaudel » Tue Sep 26, 2000 5:47 am

Biggest Reason -- political and economic pressure
2nd Biggest Reason -- burn out, both emotional and drug-induced

Re: The disintegration of genius

Postby kraljibi » Wed Dec 06, 2000 1:07 am

Reply to Mr. Celine
Louis Ferdinand Celine's mind and subsequently his writing has suffered a bit from The Journey to the End of the Night to Castle to Castle. A little too much politics and madness. A great writer though.

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