Art is one of the ways people communicate with one another. Every work of art brings the viewer to into a special kind of relationship, both with whoever has created or is creating the art and also with everyone else who—together with him, or before or afterwards—is subject to that
It would be a mistake to ascribe this creative power
to an inborn talent.
In art, the genius creator is not just a gifted being, but a person who has succeeded in arranging for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work is the outcome, requiring an effort.
Art is so varied that to reduce it to any single purpose, be it even the salvation of mankind, is an abomination before the Lord.
Conception, my boy, fundamental brain work,
is what makes all the difference in art.
—Dante Gabriel Rosetti
Art is art.
Everything else is everything else.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance…
and I know of no substitute whatever
for the force and beauty of its process.
It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
—Henry David Thoreau
Diverging Perspectives 2.1 zooms in on French Romanticism, looking at one great work that heralds the movement, another from the heart of the period, and one from Romanticism's dark final phase:
As always: this is heady stuff, highly literary art—how can we adapt not just the storyline, but the art in the words themselves, to the moving image?
A filmmaker, writer, or other expert in cinema and literature is invited to help us all to answer that question in a personal introductory talk before every Diverging Perspectives film. And the whole audience is invited to participate in a guided discussion following every Diverging Perspectives screening. It is a memorable educational and interactive happening that opens new worlds of great art for audiences.