on the occasion of one of my favorite director’s birthday
happy alfred hitchcock day
“ideas come from everything.”
image credit: afi
on the day before thanksgiving
school was out
kids had energy to burn
so I borrowed the big car
to round everyone up
enjoy an afternoon with
four neighborhood friends
and a lot of smuggled-in candy
while settling into
at the local theater.
one tried pre-filling his Santa hat
to the top with treats
before we left his house
but the group voted and decided
it was unsteady, looked suspicious,
and would quickly reveal our scheme.
it’s all about teaching life skills.
“the magic of film isn’t just because of the big screen,
or the acoustics,
but he ineffable shared experience of going to the movies.”
what is an antipode?
two places diametrically opposite each other on the earth’s surface.
they are very rare.
what is the shortest route between them?
a straight line through the center of the earth.
i recently saw ‘vivan las antipodas’
released in 2011
directed by russian documentary maker
who had a radical idea
to visit these places
and shoot four antipodal pairs:
he filmed it in a way
turned the world
and back again
for 108 meandering minutes
i was blown away
by the beauty
some things are universal