Subject: Blog - Keep Up the Great Work!
By the way: I hear what you are saying about the programming of Bresson's work (and that of a dozen other similarly "difficult" artists). It's an American sickness. This desire for "easy" art, "fun" experiences, and "entertaining" movies. Those programmers might as well work for a big city metroplex. What's the point of a film archive or academic setting, if it's not going to take chances, be brave and daring, and challenge its viewers? That's the whole reason it exists. The programmers have bought into the central fallacy of American democracy and consumer society. The measurement of things in terms of popularity. It's a real American sickness that results in people preferring the "fun, easy, entertaining" attitudes and solutions of someone like Trump. (Six months ago I would have added: If there is anyone like Trump -- until the election revealed that there are millions and millions of little wannabe Trumps, half the population of America in fact.)
Prof. Ray Carney
"Inside Boston University—A Faculty Member's Efforts to Defend Academic
Freedom of Expression" -- insidebostonuniversity.
Ray Carney's observations about academic freedom of expression, constraints on course offerings, the censorship of faculty publications, and bureaucratic retaliation against independent-minded faculty members at Boston University. Prof. Carney reflects on the deleterious effect of corporate values in the promotion, pay, and support system, on market pressures on the life of the mind and, above all, on impositions of "pedagogical correctness" in course offerings and student evaluation methods.
Ray Carney is the author or editor of: Henry Adams, Mount Saint Michel and Chartres (VikingPenguin), Henry James, What Maisie Knew and The Spoils of Poynton (New American Library/Signet), Rudyard Kipling, Kim (New American Library); The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism and the Movies (Cambridge University Press); The Films of Mike Leigh: Embracing the World (Cambridge University Press); Speaking the Language of Desire: The Films of Carl Dreyer (Cambridge University Press); American Vision: The Films of Frank Capra (Cambridge University Press); American Dreaming (University of California Press at Berkeley); Shadows (British Film Institute/Macmillan); Cassavetes on Cassavetes (Faber and Faber/Farrar, Straus); Autoportraits (Cahiers du cinema), The Adventure of Insecurity; Necessary Experiences; Why Art Matters; and numerous other books, essays, and editions, published in more than ten languages. Professor Carney is currently working on a three-volume treatment of the early, mid-career, and final films of Robert Bresson intended to transform the understanding of his work.