I recently took a short vacation break and went sailing with some of my good friends to Greece (starting in Pireus and visiting Hydra and Poros among others).
We have been sailing for a few days already, my last week’s everyday was a distant memory and was replaced by everyday blue vastness and windy spaciousness. I was sitting on the deck, gazing purposelessly at the distant, and monotonous scenery while listening to music, when the 4th movement of Morton Feldman`s Rothko Chapel started unravelling itself. Lucky coincidence that has created an experience.
It was one of those moments, when music and surroundings create a perfect unity. The hypnotizing, ‘primitive’ calling of the solo soprano, the spacious and seemingly simple texture of the piece, full of resounding pauses letting the gentle ambience of the sea to come through; the land – simple, scorched block of rock in the blue; almost a desert, so empty that it becomes full of everything and total in a way. Both dissonant, hostile and yet calming.
I took a picture of what I saw although what is lost in the still is the slow panning of the lonely land that added almost a cinematic quality to the scene.
I can only imagine that the described experience might be somewhat similar to a visit in the actual Rothko Chapel, which is described as non-denominational temple. The very idea of creating such universal, all-encompasing space is fascinating. I truly believe I`ll get a chance to be there one day; but for now – this was my ‘Rothko Chapel’ moment in Greece.
So, apparenty November is also known as #Noirvember now (thanks to Marya, My Sweet), which is a really cool way to celebrate ‘the Noir’ and maybe motivate ourselves to watch/rewatch some of the classics. I have managed to watch Detour, which I thought was okay-ish (though I expected a bit more given it`s cult status), I hope to find some time to rewatch maybe Laura, The Third Man or Double Indemnity, which I consider some of my favourites.
Initially I planned to write something on Naremore`s very interesting More Than Night: Film Noir in Its Contexts which I have been reading for a few months now, but given how much work I have left in the next few weeks, I doubt I will be able to finish it on time. I will write something about it eventually though 🙂
To get you in the mood / inspired there`s a fantastic selection of beautiful Noir shots at One.Perfect.Shot, which you can find here: https://t.co/4grUPRcvi9
p.s. Detour is now public domain, and you can watch it for free on the internet.