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In a message dated 95-11-27 20:07:49 EST, you write:
 
> Of course, *we* (who's we?) have.  I am also trying to meet some
>people who are still alive and whose work shows up in my own work.  Does
>that also mean I am guilty of adulation?  Susan Kohner and Lena Horne, to
>be specific.
>
>        Gloria Monti
>
>
 
   You may find me guilty of adulation, too. I am studying and trying to
contact a director who's still alive because I believe the best answers on
his work will come from him; not someone who's written about him seventeen
years after his passing. True, most directors do not write their own texts,
but whether people want to study the 'auteur', or not, they still must
recognize that it's the director who must translate the text from a written
idea to a visual idea. The translation itself must also be recognized because
it's the director's idea of the writer's idea, and not all people think or
perceive alike (which becomes a challenge when communicating his idea to a
cast, film crew, and editors). The director's biographical information can be
an important asset to studying a particular work because experience
influences perception and interpretation.
 
   I don't think either of us are rabid fans... we're allowing ourselves to
be fascinated by someone who hasn't become stagnant or over-analyzed yet.
 
   -Auden
 
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