Opening up the 61st Venice Film festival, Spielberg‘s speech ahead of the screening his latest flick The Terminal, has cast a magic spell on the audience.
I loved this piece, Film-makers all over the world have always been there, either to reflect the crisis with very conscientious, historically minded stories, or films of pure escape – science-fiction, fantasy, comedy. These films typically work much better when the world is in flux. The world has shown us that to be a human being you need to be relieved from the headlines. And now there are headlines on every single television channel, sometimes people feel compelled to escape into the movies.
Thinking of it I’m amazed by his honesty and the genuinity of this consummate statement. More here or at BBC.