Old Times vs Now Again
Alright, let me just say, in Sweden, some movies still show on film, with a projector.
I got in a Dark Room, in central Stockholm -also, in Sweden, you get assigned seats for the theatre in advance- to see a movie by Sarah Polley, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, and although I like all the aforementioned actors a lot, the reason why I was interested in seeing “Take This Waltz” to start with was because a Cohen song gave it its title. Anyway, not the point, Lights dim, then black, then starts a, dare I say, a low budget Canadian romantic comedy (a lot more than this but see my point later), so the movie starts, and suddenly I realize I haven’t really been in a Movie Theatre to see a new movie in like for ever, suddenly, I see the best Photography, the best colors, I’m mesmerized, suddenly Michelle Williams’ red and white sailors shirt is magnificent (a bit like in some early Dylan pictures) suddenly summer in Toronto is the most beautiful thing ever, I start thinking the movie is incredible and then I notice a little clicking sound in the background, a sound I haven’t heard in a long time, a movie projector! No matter how actually good this movie really was, I had been charmed by the beauty of projected film, like a child, like when I saw Snow White, my first movie ever… Who decided they had to go, films? A Film on Film is better, it’s just better, seeing whites correctly is part of enjoying the beauty of images, seeing analog flares, the glow of a curtain in the morning sun, a cloud, darn, I can’t say when film disappeared for sure, but it sure had been a long time, and I sure missed it.