nothing to say
Here is an indictment from the great Bergman. He says the new young filmmakers, or many of them, have technique, but often nothing to say. I think even a lot of the old filmmakers are like that – all production but really thin on stuff, content, ideas. He contrasts this with Antonioni who was not a great technician, but always had something to say.
From Youtube, Bergman quoting Antonioni:
“A film is a curious medium in the sense that if you have something to say, you can really say it with film, and you can be as clumsy as you like.”
I just watched Blow Up again last night – Bergman calls it and La Notte his masterpieces. It literally makes your head spin with ideas – about life, violence, the sexes, media …