Thursday, August 13, 2020

Quote of the Day

"And it hit me then that one of the reasons why some people cling to what has vintage status is not because they like things old or marginally dated, which allows them to feel that their personal time and vintage time are magically in sync; rather it’s because the word vintage is just a figure of speech, a metaphor for saying that so many of us don’t really belong here, not in the present, or the past, or the future, but that all of us seek a life that exists simply elsewhere in time, or elsewhere on-screen, and that, not being able to find it, we have all learned to make do with what life throws our way."

What a glorious, glorious gift I've been gifted with today -- Criterion has begun a new series of essays on their website called "First Person" where they invite writers to discuss some of their most memorable film-going experiences, and their very first entry is Call me By Your Name author Andre Aciman talking about the second time he saw Billy Wilder's film The Apartment, in the early 1980s in NYC, and how it inspired him to go for a long walk around the ever-changing city afterwards. The Apartment is one of my favorite movies (and maybe you've heard me talk about Call Me By Your Name once or twice) -- I've even previously written about looking for The Apartment's locations here in this city, and about their disappearance! Anyway Aciman's piece is lovely and made me tear up, go read it.

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