Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Speaking of film, I caught Tom Decillo's Delirious recently and I think it's one of the best films I've seen (behind The Killing Fields) featuring a photographer as a main character. Of course this isn't really saying much. For some reason movies about photographers tend to be bad. They range from absolute crap (Pecker and Blow Up) to mediocre (Salvador, The Year of Living Dangerously, does One Hour Photo count?). It's like the Portland curse. Any Hollywood film made in Portland (GVS is not Hollywood) winds up sucking. The same with photographers. I guess Rear Window and High Art could be placed in the positive column but the photographers in those films don't really act like photographers. There's a passing reference to their livelihood but it's buried in the script and not important to the plot. On the other hand Delirious features a photographer front and center with all his warts and imperfections. He's a paparazzi, a sleazeball, but in the end we see his soft side. As with most of DiCillo's films you need to suspend your disbelief a bit to get through to the end, but I think that's on purpose. His films are meant to be modern fables.
Has anyone else seen a film (documentaries excluded) with a photographer character they'd recommend? Hopefully these last two posts have pissed off enough film buffs to stir up some comments.