Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Out Of The Past

This 1947 classic, one of the greatest ever examples of film noir, easily beats The Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity and The Maltese Falcon, but how do you enjoy something this old?

Indeed, how do you get over the dated nature of it all? Same of course goes for music, literature, visual arts – but to a much lesser extent. Cinema, technology-reliant as it is, seems a lot more vulnerable in that respect.

It’s a scary thought that these are not the right times for Pet Sounds or a film like Out Of The Past. But then I guess you simply have to approach certain things as a piece of history. And suddenly, the history will start making sense and the modern eyes and ears will not be too modern anymore. 

Mind you, this sounds a whole lot easier than it really is.