Friday, October 15, 2010

why i paint what i paint #6

Yesterday I saw a staggeringly beautiful film. I was spellbound by the lighting, the images and the themes. The film is "Never Let Me Go" and was adapted from the book by Kazuo Ishiguro. I cannot recommend the book and the film highly enough. It explores themes of technology, ethics, human worth and dignity, and the place of art as an indicator of our intrinsic humanity. Oh, and it re-visits the concept of 'duty and service' that was so beautifully rendered in Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day". Interestingly, Ishiguro is an immigrant, raised in England by his Japanese parents. He finds the concept of duty very similar in Japan and England and except for his Japanese name, the reader would never question his English lineage.

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