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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Conquest Without Contribution

"Great ambition and conquest without contribution are without significance. What will your contribution be? How will history remember you?"

*The Emperor's Club* was on this weekend and I was reminded of this quote. Rarely do I see a film so explicitly state its premise . . and so early out of the gate. But it's a great line. In a pleasant enough movie. And this is essentially what I mean when I say "If you have nothing to say, you have no business making art." And why I lament the death of story.

Behemoths of film may be impressive, but if all you have to offer is that--grandiosity, scale, engineering--what have you really presented? Technology is a tool, not an artistic goal.

Existentialism may be engaging, even engrossing, but if all you have to offer is moments, glimpses, with little underlying or overarching universal, unifying expression, voice, or goal to them, what are you really offering?

What is the inspiration? What is the end design?

All conquest, no contribution. Or worse, no conquest and no contribution.

Which leads me to another film I saw this weekend. . . .