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In Jour de fête, Tati had the brilliant and visionary intuition that a war was going to be waged between the tradition of a certain art of living and a modernity that concealed its destructive power under an exterior that was as emancipating as it was enticing.
He had understood that success, comfort and progress are worth little if no one knows anyone, if authentic life disappears through false exchanges and a continual acceleration of ways of living.
His other films are no different, contrasting poetry with rationality, slowness with efficiency, craftsmanship with technology, the bicycle with the car, the world of childhood with that of adults.
You have to live with the times, You can't stop progress, we say with a smile that is tantamount to acquiescence or renunciation. Thanks to the Internet, we can discover some remarkable blogs on cinema, literature and music. But they are largely supplanted by Facebook and Instagram accounts, which often reflect narcissism, exhibitionism, and its voyeuristic counterpart, which is frighteningly insignificant.
Who will publish the emails of 21st century writers, and who among them will even think it worth keeping them, and what will become of our culture and our way of life without real letters?
François Truffaut's letters to his favourite writers have recently been published (Gallimard, 2022). From his first letter to Jean Cocteau in 1948, via Genet, Audiberti, Louise de Vilmorin, Ray Bradbury... to Jean Mambrino a few months before his death: Happy New Year 1984, my dear Jean, I'm getting back on track, I read your poems, they help me, and your signs of friendship mean a lot to me. Yours affectionately, François.
The millions of ephemeral messages, photos and videos we produce every day on social networks are stored in the Cloud but will eventually disappear into the digital night.
Artificial intelligence has spread like wildfire since the ChatGBT conversational robot went online a year ago.
Cinema must be created by human beings and make us think! said Ruben Östlund, President of the Cannes 2023 Festival Jury. From scriptwriting to dubbing, editing, special effects and stunts, AI is doing so much that it is threatening the very meaning of creation and putting jobs at risk.
Long before the first shot is fired, algorithms can be called in at the pre-production stage to indicate whether or not it is wise to invest in a project, and to recommend solutions for optimising its impact on the public. Their widespread use would jeopardise not only the production trades, but also the variety and originality of the works.
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