The Weekend Report Archive for September, 2006

Jackass or No Jackass!

The American public has voted and in this cinematic deal or no deal the winner was clearly Jackass: Number Two with an estimated opening frame of $27.9 million. Debuting a distant second was the upscale Jet Li actioner Fearless at $9.8 million. The passed over included the First World War heroics of Flyboys with $5.2…

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Invincible toughed it out to nose past a pair of new films and claim top holiday weekend attraction with an estimated $15.3 million. Debuts of the testosterone thriller Crank and the horror remake The Wicker Man were on its tail with respective grosses of $12.2 million and $11.6 million. The close of the summer season…

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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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