24 April 2008

Bambi und Godzilla mit Schlag

As Disney returns to nature on film, two reflections in recent days on mid 20th century popular movies:
1. David Whitley says that films like Bambi "[still] have the potential for putting us in touch with issues [such as a world where humans and animals can exist harmoniously] in playful forms,” that can allow “audiences to think as well as feel."

2. Hitomi Muto says Godzilla "reminded [the Japanese] of our sense of awe about nature...[made us feel] fear for [its] destruction...[and see] the stupidity of human acts and arrogance of scientism".
Both statements seem conventional, limited. But then how much is there to say about these films? More unsettled is Eroll Morris, who in a conversation with Werner Herzog last year said:
I’m very fond of telling people when they say that they would like regime change, for example, in Washington, that what we really need is species change. That the [human] species itself is so impossible and so deeply degraded that one could well do with something else for a change...

...Despite all of our efforts to control something, the world is much, much more powerful than us, and more deranged even than us.

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