Good Cinema Is Diagnostic

Here I am hunched over another
impression of the brain with its wads
of flat batting and weird yarn, thinking how
can I read these films without a light board—

(continue…)

“Interpreting the Film” is a tragic poem about a different type of film, but a slight shift in the semantic domain of the word makes it applicable nonetheless. Perhaps there is another great metaphor for film in here somewhere: Good cinema is diagnostic.

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  • Nick

    I can’t help but have in mind Walker Percy–the diagnostic novelist.

    He articulated this designation in way that I really appreciated; it carries distinctions that refrain us from being didacts, without diminishing the inevitable moral dimension of aesthetic making.

    In this way, Percy was every bit as much influenced by Aquinas as he was Kierkegaard and the other existentialists.