Monday, March 13, 2006

Show, don't tell

There was one scene he painted over and over on canvases of various sizes: a group of women in bright pastel head scarves and long flowing silky dresses stood on a beach looking out to sea. I asked him if someone had drowned or were they waiting for something? He shook his head. He didn't know. How could he? He had just put those women there and he wasn't going to interfere with them. That's what he disliked about certain artists and writers. They interfered and pointed to everything as if you couldn't see or read for yourself. Not Van Gogh. Look at Van Gogh. There's the bridge, the sunflower, the room, the face, the shoes. Come to your own conclusions. Van Gogh ain't telling you.

Frank McCourt, Teacher Man

A lot of film directors (especially ones who direct films titled Crash) could take a lesson from McCourt's friend.

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