Why is cinema still the place to go?
Posted On July 7, 2021
In 2016, a film by Italian filmmaker Mario Pinto, The Imitation Game, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
It follows the life of an American intelligence operative, played by actor Matthew McConaughey, who is sent to infiltrate the Communist regime in Cuba.
He must infiltrate the Castro regime and ultimately overthrow Fidel Castro, but he has to fight a war against a much bigger enemy.
As well as being a landmark film for the medium, the Imitation Games is also a landmark for its portrayal of cinema.
It is a film that was not just about the cinema itself, but about the people who make the cinema.
“You’re talking about the entire process of filmmaking and the people that make it,” says Oscar-winning cinematographer Michael Cimino.
“The people who are involved in the making of it are just amazing, just amazing people.”
“It’s not just the cinema, it’s the people,” says cinematist Richard Corliss.
“It was like, wow, this is how the film industry operates.
You don’t really have to go into a studio to make a film.
You can make it in a garage, a garage workshop or even a warehouse.”
The Imitators, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in January 2017, also marked the release of the film’s final director, Pablo Larrazabal.
The Imitate Game’s cast includes Academy Award-winning actors Matthew Mcconaughey and Emma Stone, and the film was nominated for nine awards including best picture.
But, in the aftermath of the Oscar win, some critics felt the film should have been made into a film festival.
The director of The Imitations Game, Daniel Day-Lewis, told the BBC that he believed it could have been adapted into a festival film festival that would have been much more diverse.
“I think there’s a certain stigma associated with the fact that this film is being made for the Oscars,” he said.
“But in fact, there’s no doubt that it’s going to be one of the best movies of the year, which is going to help it in that respect.”‘
The whole film is about the human element’ The film itself was not made with the intention of being a festival showcase.
The film was conceived as a collaboration between film maker Daniel Day and cinematists Richard Corlliss and Michael Cimarusti.
“Daniel Day was very excited to be a part of this, he had just made The Imprints, and he was just thrilled to work with Richard and Michael, and also be able to share this vision with the world,” says Corlisd.
“He wanted to be part of something that would be so exciting, something that he had never done before, but also something that we would be proud of as film makers.”
“I felt like the whole film was about the humanity element,” says Cimarusc.
“What we wanted to do was to create a film about a film, about a human being.
And we did, and it was an amazing experience.”
“The whole idea is that cinema is a human-centered experience, it was really a collaborative project,” says Larrazagal.
“We were able to create this film which is an amazing work of art.”
“This is the first film I’ve ever worked on where the whole thing is about human connection and human connection is really the central theme,” adds Cimarurg.
The movie is being released to a worldwide audience this Friday. “
A film can never be a perfect representation of cinema, and this film was never going to do that, but we wanted it to be able represent a whole way of cinema,” adds Larrazaggal.
The movie is being released to a worldwide audience this Friday.
For more on the history of cinema and the future of film, visit the Al Jazeera website.