Obsessive craftsmanship as star
PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film
I attended the fascinating exhibition on Thursday night that celebrated the painstaking and thought-provoking process to dedication that becomes obsession in pursuit of the craft, or in this case, frame by frame.
PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film took a unique turn to parallel the "harmonious partnership between human and machine" by way of its iconic frames and iconic moments in great cinema.
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Persol Eyewear made its first screen appearance in Federico Fellini‘s 1960 film La Dolce Vita- an iconic piece of film history if there ever was one. A pair of Persol glasses is both hi-tech and handmade and involves 30 manual steps to create the perfect frame.
The countless steps from an actor’s immersion in character research to the meticulous detailing of a costume designer – to create cinematic icons were the focus of the Persol exhibition and its honorees, Milena Canonero the costume designer, the writer and director Terry Gilliam, and actor Sir Ben Kingsley for his role in Ghandi.
I attended the New York opening night event with Naveed Hussain and my son, a budding fiilmmaker and dedicated film enthusiast. We came upon Sir Ben Kingsley and when we made eye contact the mom in me said, "My son wants to be a director."
At that moment, the evening continued its journey into class and elegance when Sir Kingsley looked at my son, and said, "You must become a filmmaker. I didn’t become an actor because I wanted to but because I had to." And then he graciously added, "Please call me if you ever need an actor with a beard like mine." I think he may just ask in about 10 years or so.
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Exhibition obsessions from:
- Blue Velvet
- La Dolce Vita
- Marie Antoinette
- Taxi Driver
- The Aviator
- The Darjeeling Limited
- The Diving Bell & the Butterfly
PERSOL MAGNIFICENT OBSESSIONS: 30 stories of craftsmanship in film
Museum of the Moving Image, NY
Please note: The exhition will travel to Paris (June) and Milan (September).