An impressionistic weave of artistic successes and personal failings, All that Jazz is at once a confession, a self-promotion, a showbiz love letter, an apology, a middle finger, and a darkly-comic musical, all braided into an exploration of the five stages of grief.
Bombshell teaches us that life may be nothing more than a series of performances—overlapping, contradicting, and unstable.
Throughout their body of work, Powell and Pressburger return to the question of whether life and art can co-exist, and if the urge to live or the urge to create will win out in the end.
"These people love the movies, and they believe in this movie. Their only sin is they have no talent."
Like any good magic trick, Boogie Nights disrupted my understanding of the world.
Comparing Fellini's 8 ½ and Malick's Knight of Cups reveals the deep relationship between memory and imagination, including the manifold ways that cinema functions as memory, opening up paths through which we might make sense of things.