This special issue of Granta is devoted to the cinema: its personalities and politics, movers and music. Featuring John Fowles, Andrew O’Hagan and Adam Mars-Jones and directors’ art.
‘It was really just one visual idea: a woman standing at the end of the Cobb and staring mysteriously out to sea.’
‘Always and everywhere, this unequal struggle to preserve and remember.’Ian Jack recalls the missing buildings of his hometown, Farnworth.
‘She relished the thought of his rather ravaged fifty-five-year-old and oh-so-male head against her broderie anglaise pillowcases.‘
‘Only as I watched the little tugboat disappear towards IJmuiden, just west of Amsterdam, did I begin to have doubts about what had been proposed to me.’
‘In Los Angeles in late October of 1980, I was feeling the strange, malign electricity the Santa Ana winds bring to the city.’
‘It was because it was night-time and raining that I decided to drive up to Lana Turner's old house in Beverly Hills.’
‘Writing about Cassavetes feels like vocalese: putting lyrics to passages of jazz improvisation.’
‘I groaned inwardly when anybody mentioned Pather Panchali and my small part in it.’
‘There's no right or wrong about this, there's only style.’
‘She wanted to enjoy herself, she wanted to try, but she didn't know where to begin.’
‘From an early age I stalked movies for clues to a life I didn't understand.’
‘This is the part where we find our seats. Step on toes, suck in gut, make yourself flat as a movie screen.’
‘Film music can be stained glass or wallpaper.’
‘Few careers fascinate me more than that of Paul Thomas.’
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