Thursday, March 18, 2004

The Dark Materials debate

Wow. Absolutely fascinating interview with atheist author Philip Pullman and Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, on faith, fiction, and film. Williams: “I think film is deeply metaphorical and I think that actually, the last thing film does, is to represent what’s there. To me, it’s about the creation of a particular visual sequence—highly patterned, highly stylised. Some directors, of course, are much more overt about that than others. It’s animated icons rather than representation. Things don’t happen like that.” Wide-ranging talk including why many overtly religious films do not work. (London Telegraph, 17 Mar 2004)

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