In his new book Film After Film, critic and scholar J. Hoberman argues that in the digitized and animated future, movies will no longer have “a need for an actual world, let alone a camera.” Given the high number of green-screen, animated and CGI scenes in such current films as Skyfall and Cloud Atlas (which saw 500 years of human civilization created almost exclusively on a soundstage in Berlin), it’s hard to dispute his point.
Hoberman, the former longtime senior film reviewer for the Village Voice, is one of the most influential critics of the last 25 years. He’s also the author of numerous essays and books on cinema. The New York State Writers Institute is bringing him to town to talk about his ideas at UAlbany on Friday. Among the films Hoberman will discuss (and screen clips from) are the Polish-Japanese video game feature Avalon, Richard Linklater’s Waking Life and Lars Von Trier’s Dogville.
J. Hoberman will speak tomorrow night (Friday, Dec. 7) at 8 PM at the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (Uptown Campus, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany). Admission is free. For more info, call the New York State Writers Institute at 442-5620.