Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sunday Sermon - Our Own Language
Life of Pi - a new Job story which could be older than the Old Testament!
The film is perfectly executed, but why could it be nobody's favourite film?
The scope is just too large. The story could be set in any time. It's so big we find it quaint.
The images are universal and timeless, but so are the connotations!
Local and more contemporary images connoting universal and never-changing themes is the essence of mythology.
The ancient Greeks used ancient Greece, just as the medieval mind thought in terms of the Middle Ages. Where Dante used the inferno, James Joyce used the modern city.
In a film that speaks with modern images, such as Grave of the Fireflies, there's no ancient god of wrath, but a World War.
Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies is also about unjust suffering. The aesthetic complex is powerful - it shows as at once the constant and the changing.
So where does this leave the old religions? Their content is good, but their languages are dead.
The new religion, the worship of Experience through Art, is our deliverance from antiquity. We should speak and be spoken to in our own language.
This is the word of LVD.