In The General, Buster Keaton clears the track of obstacles to keep himself moving; in Modern Times, the track must be cleared of Charlie Chaplin to keep obstacles moving. In this distinction we have the worldview of both directors neatly summarized. Chaplin had the wisdom to see that technology, cinema and convention are always political rather than to dream of a usage that is not. But for Keaton, everything and everyone is a toy, a tool to be used in…
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Capernaum is for people who think that the ultimate function of cinema is to make you feel sympathy for fictional people, and that political cinema is cinema that makes you feel sympathy for people who are less fortunate than you. It observes, in a frame story, the tribulations of an approximately 12-year-old boy, Zain, who fails to prevent his parents from marrying off his younger sister, runs away, and manages to fend for himself before returning home. There, he stabs…
Ideas about this film I am willing to entertain:
1. We are supposed to think of Michael Stone as an awful human being.
2. Everyone is poorly written on purpose, that's the point. Michael can't see anyone other than as a sketch of a human being that exists in relationship to him.
Arguments about this film I am not willing to entertain:
1. This film has any insight or anything of significance to say about Michael, the male psyche, masculinity…