My City #1

Was mildly distressed to read the other day, on his fine blog, that the great Jonathan Rosenbaum was in Edinburgh recently and he didn’t look me up. And we’ve been getting on so well. But then I thought, maybe it’s my fault. Could it be I don’t mention Edinburgh often enough?

Here’s a nice gloomy skyline from Roddy McDowell’s extraordinary TAM LIN.


20 Responses to “My City #1”

  1. Even though I had one of the worst meals of my life in Edinburgh, it’s a lovely city, and you are most privileged to live there.

  2. We do have some good restaurants… and some remarkably bad ones.

    Next time I dine out it’ll probably be at Monster Mash, purveyors of finest quality stodge.

  3. Christopher Says:

    what a wonderful city..the land of Burke and Hare..and Toddy and Cabman Grey!..street singers sing lovely scottie aires on every corner.. :o))

  4. Tony Williams Says:

    I visited Edinburgh twice and loved it each time.

  5. Rosenbaum was also in Glasgow and St Andrews addressing Film Studies students on his latest theme of ‘Cinephilia, not Cinema.’ The gist of it is that the former is winning over the latter, and he is quite happy about it. I have heard a recording and he praises blogs such as this one because of the part they’re playing in cinephilia’s victory.

    He also made some pretty icy comments on academia which brought a smile to my face. Top man.

  6. Our interaction got off to a rocky start here, but we’re now following each other at the Auteurs’ so I assume we’re cool now.

    High time some of my readers dropped by for a visit!

  7. david wingrove Says:

    What does he mean exactly by ‘Cinephilia, not Cinema?’ My guess would be that people are more interested in rediscovering films form the past than in watching the current crop of movies.

    If so, I’m in full agreement. I was reading the new Sight & Sound last night, and all their critics had submitted thier lists of ‘Top 5 Movies of 2009’. Would you believe I couldn’t think of five movies from this year to get so excited about?

  8. My problem is I can never remember for sure if I saw a film in January or in the previous December. So those lists defeat me utterly.

    Definitely had some great cinema experiences this year though… The Auteurs’ Notebook is asking for just one — maybe Pontypool (it deserves more attention) or Coraline (enchantment is rare).

  9. david wingrove Says:

    Yes, CORALINE would definitely be one of mine. Also, on a far more harrowing level, ANTICHRIST.

    But my real cause celebre of 2009 would have to be CHERI – easily the most unfashionable film of this year. Chronically underrated and criminally ignored, it has class, wit, taste, elegance and style – plus the exquisite Michelle Pfeiffer in her all-time career-best performance.

    So…what IS Cinephilia vs. Cinema anyway?

  10. We still don’t know! Hopefully someone can illuminate us. The answer may well be on Mr Rosenbaum’s excellent blog, actually. See my blogroll for details.

    OK, I’m sold, I’ll watch out for Cheri.

  11. JR: “The University of Chicago Press will be publishing my next collection, Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia: Film Culture in Transition, in September 2010.”

    Here’s a link to the title essay

  12. David W. Your guess was right, which you’ll discover if you read the article above. Basically what he says is that technology now enables us to immerse ourselves in film – from every era, from every country – along with like-minded individuals, without ever visiting a cinema. I found his perspective refreshing because he’s so positive and optimistic compared with many print journalists.

  13. JOhn next time you come we can provide recommendations !

  14. Absolutely. We have some fine “eateries,” as I believe you call them over there.

    I like going to the cinema. But the films I like are so much easier to see at home. I do think the big screen will continue to co-exist with smaller ones for some time to come.

  15. Tony Williams Says:

    So jadean, what exactly were Jonathan’s comments on academia?

  16. david wingrove Says:

    The true glory of ‘Cinephilia vs. Cinema’ may be that you don’t have to go out in the rain and spend £10 to see a film that may well be s**t!

  17. Well, JR was complaining that he is waiting for his latest book to be published by a university press and he described the timescale in which academics operate as ‘geological’. It’s a verdict that recent bitter experience has taught me is all too accurate.

  18. david wingrove Says:

    To describe academics as ‘geological’ is an insult to geology.

  19. All this may be the reason blogging makes a reasonable fill-in activity for filmmaking — you get instant gratification. Whereas making movies is a form of perpetually delayed gratification: even if the movies aren’t continuously delayed, the pleasure certainly is!

    In this sense, cinema and academia may be well suited, whereas cinephilia and blogging go hand in hand.

  20. Tony Williams Says:

    On the other hand, there are rare instances where cinephilia and academia are complentary as in certain teaching situations where students are exposed to black and white film and/or classical Hollywood for the first time thus beginning an appreciation for films that they later follow up on.

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