Telling a story
Watching an Indian film I started to think of how when I watch a movie from Colombia or Latin America there are so many details that some other people might not discover or might be able to get. One of the characters in the movie ate flowers constantly and I am not sure if it had something to do with the message, or if the colors had other meanings.
The director is a story teller and with images he not only tells a story but describes a world. That world has many details that at times are missed. The Wachowski brothers in The Matrix introduced many numbers that had meaning to them and also had religious or sci-fi meaning, in Hero Yimou Zhang used colors to show very different sides to a story. Every director uses different elements to tell a story and sometimes we miss the ones that are culture specific.
Religious imagery is very important to a lot of films, but what if you are not familiar with that religion? are you missing something that would maybe tell a deeper story?
Director commentary is a great new feature of DVD`s but how many people actually watch a movie with the director talking through the movie? I have only done it a couple of times and it was a movie that I truly loved.
At times I believe that directors are overshadowed by the actors, and even though we think that a great movie director is someone that has commercial success, I believe that being a great story teller is more important. I am not the movie buff that I would want to be, but I do appreciate the art behind what it is movie making.
I want to encourage people out there to go the extra mile and look up the details that they might not understand in a movie, it might truly enhance your movie watching experience.