I recently discovered a fun blog that I recommend to all writers and movie buffs. It’s The Fine Art Diner at http://thefineartdiner.blogspot.com/. This blog reviews works of art, discusses what they say about our times, and breaks down the symbolism that makes them so rich.
I don’t really know who the author of this blog is–she says very little about herself, but her insights are spot-on. The blog’s banner says:
“Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned.” William Butler Yeats
So, for example, in one of my favorite movies, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, she raises and answers questions like:
- What could a Cold War era spy novel possibly communicate to us about the world in which we are living?
- Why is George Smiley silent for much of the film?
- Why was the closing song, La Mer, chosen?
- Why is it important that George Smiley get new glasses?
- Why does George Smiley take off his shoes and eat mints during the climactic scene?
- What do Irina and Smiley’s wife symbolize?
Another of my favorite films is Midnight in Paris. In her review, the blogger asks and answers questions like:
- Why is rain so important to Gil Pender?
- Why are pearl earrings chosen as a present to Adriana?
- Why does the 1920s bar become a modern-day laundromat?
- Why was the particular spot where Gil Pender strolls chosen as the highlight of the film’s poster?
Love, love, love this blog! Next up–her analysis of Penny Dreadful. The blog heightens my enjoyment of the films.
It also reminds me of just how important small, but symbolic, details can be a in a work of art. How they resonate and enrich in ways we don’t even realize. How in the rush to write fast and push a plot along, it pays to slow down and choose details that are particularly meaningful. A good thing for writers to remember!