Sunday, September 02, 2007

Telescopic Visions

One of the things I like about Hayao Miyazaki is his ability to introspect on the creative process, especially in Whisper of the Heart.

The (somewhat generic) Young Girl in this instance is a budding novelist who rediscovers — like all artists — the disconcerting way grand visions as yet unrealised in the heart or head diminish to handkerchief dimensions when translated onto paper or canvas.

I would have thought only tunetinkers immune to this odd wrongway telescopic effect, but then there's Rodgers & Hammerstein's interminable second regaling of "Jam and Bread" from Sound of Music.



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