November 13, 2012
Putting aside for a moment the insurmountable problem of its content, it was the agonizingly slow pace of The Birth of a Nation that proved to be the biggest obstacle to my experiencing it as an objet d'art. Even after I sped it up, my mind continued to wander, and one of the things to which it wandered was my similar inability to extract aesthetic pleasure out of medieval art. With a few exceptions, medieval and early Renaissance art and music don't speak to me. The gap of sensibility is too wide for me to cross. I have a feeling that silent film--not just just The Birth of a Nation, but all of it--is no more accessible to most modern sensibilities....
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Posted November 13, 2012 12:00 AM