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Brian

Very interesting entry. I just wrote an entry on "Dr. Atomic" and the "Klinghoffer" film, but as soon as I posted, I found myself thinking about how I really have so little grasp of what makes me respond to art. I responded to the realism of Woolcock's film, you were alienated by it. On the other hand, I often find abstraction to be extremely powerful. Of course there is no such thing as pure abstraction or pure realism on stage (the things on the stage are always "real" to some degree, and the stage itself is always "unreal" to some degree), and examples of pure realism in film do not exist either (does pure abstraction? With the advent of computer animation, I'll have to think about that one). If I could only tease out just how the interplay of realistic and formalistic elements in art works to affect me, the observer, then I could...well, I don't know what I could do with such knowledge. It's probably more fun to keep questing and questioning...

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