Thursday, November 20, 2008

apparently the art of losing sight is hard to master

The irreverent and funny Jason Anderson considers sightlessness and its various artistic implications in an essay on the Canadian film Blindness in the most recent issue of Ontario's cinema scope magazine.


Blindness may also belong to a category of literary adaptations—including Gus Van Sant’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993), Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and Alan Rudolph’s Breakfast of Champions (1999)—whose dogged faithfulness to their sources inadvertently prove just how unfilmable the books were in the first place. Being a capital-a Allegory that is intentionally free of cultural markers that would situate the story in any specific time or place, Blindness presents a daunting challenge.

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