A Heart for Trivia

A teaching colleague mentioned that Citizen Kane was no better than a Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny) film. And that he had gotten more out of Bugs Bunny.  In a later conversation, a student mentioned that Citizen Kane didn’t speak to him in the same way that Blood Diamond had.

To some extent they were probably exaggerating to make a point.

But seriously.

Setting aside a young man’s need to trash his elders to define/establish himself, it made me wonder about the strange times we live in with film.  Yes, trash culture and B-movies have a visceral thrill.  Classics can be boring.  But it seems to me that your personal opinion about a classic doesn’t invalidate its influence or provide an easy out for ignoring it.

Our immediate response to a film doesn’t dictate its worth for posterity.

More central that that is this obsession with relatability that establishes self as the center of the world.  My opinion, thoughts and feelings — informed or not, silly or not — are the center of the world.

And what’s this obsession with the trivial, the mundane and the marginal?

Transformers 2 anyone?


About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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2 Responses to A Heart for Trivia

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  2. Tara says:

    “Our immediate response to a film doesn’t dictate its worth for posterity.”

    You said it right there.

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