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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Harmin’ Armond Thrashes Jacques Rivette For 1,400 Words

“Rivette’s deliberately obscure tale has become iconic for the elitist cinephilia that now dominates contemporary film culture.”
Harmin’ Armond Thrashes Jacques Rivette For 1,400 Words

One Response to “Harmin’ Armond Thrashes Jacques Rivette For 1,400 Words”

  1. Irene Sobel says:

    fhos was the best piece of film criticism I’ve read in a long time. Ray Pride always seems to harbor hatred for Armond White. You don’t know what good criticism when you read it. I’m glad Armond White continues to tell the teeth about movies.

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DENNIS COOPER

The next thing that really changed my world and thoroughly influenced my writing were the films of Robert Bresson. When I discovered them in the late seventies, I felt I had found the final ingredient I needed to write the fiction I wanted to write.

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What was the final ingredient?

DENNIS COOPER

Recognizing that the films were entirely about emotion and, to me, ­ profoundly moving while, at the same time, stylistically inexpressive and monotonic. On the surface, they were nothing but style, and the style was extremely rigorous to boot, but they seemed almost transparent and purely content driven. Bresson’s use of untrained nonactors influenced my concentration on characters who are amateurs or noncharacters or characters who are ill equipped to handle the job of manning a story line or holding the reader’s attention in a conventional way. Altogether, I think Bresson’s films had the greatest influence on my work of any art I’ve ever encountered. In fact, the first fiction of mine that was ever published was a chapbook called “Antoine Monnier,” which was a god-awful, incompetent attempt to rewrite Bresson’s film Le diable ­probablement as a pornographic novella. So I came to writing novels through a channel that included experimental fiction, poetry, and nonliterary influences pretty much exclusively. I never read normal novels with any real interest or close attention.
~ Dennis Cooper Discovers Bresson

The whole world within reach.
~ Filmmaker Peter Hutton

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