The value of metaphor
- Dear all,
I'm venturing onto your turf after a loud discussion with Scott in a Dublin
hotel bar on this issue (well, a group of drummers kept stomping through the
bar - honest - so it was quite difficult to hear and to be heard).
I think the Dogme metaphor needs to be treated with considerably more
caution (and more critically) than some of the stuff I've read seems to
suggest. As an enthusiastic filmgoer I have some problems with what they're
on about - even taking into account that the signed-up members have some
difficulty keeping to their manifesto. But seriously, just imagine: with
their strictures on artificial lighting we would never have had the airport
scene at the end of Casablanca. With their 'no music' policy we would never
have had the (admittedly over-the-top) score as El Aurens rode his camel
through the desert. Yes, I enjoyed 'In the Company of Men' with its rigid
camera and absolutely no music (apart from the scene changes), but (despite
Scott's cycnicism) the music in American Beauty was also stunning, and The
Insider - which I've just seen and admired - would have been impossible
under Dogme conditions. And what about Ennio Morricone's music for various
films etc etc.
OK, I'm a coursebook writer and consumer (amongst other things). But I think
there is something worrying about eschewing the benefits of books, tape
recorders, videos, laboratories, and, Heavens, the Internet and all its
wonders, in favour of a return to some pre-lapsarian paradise
..the land of lost content
I see it shining plain
the happy highways where we went
and can not come again
I absolutely admire teachers who can put together coherent, genuinely
interactive and involving programmes without coursebooks (for example), but
is that necessarily a great virtue - unless you're passionately committed to
it? I think good teachers use all and anything they can to make classes
interesting, involving and *real*. That's why I'm a huge fan of 'live
listening' but also enjoy using taped material because of its variety and
the fact that it's often interesting a/o funny.
Right, I think I'll put on my helmet and flame-proof garments and hope you
don't all blow me up too spectacularly!
- I warned you we might expect some nutters on board!
No seriously - it's great to hear a (mildly) dissenting voice - we
were getting a bit inward looking. I am preparing a summary of
impressions from Dublin, plus new developments on the local front -
and will also try and include a considered response to Jeremy. or