Friday, April 04, 2008

why care about the milkshake?

A quote from a blog posting by Errol Morris in the NYT about using re-enactments in documentary filmmaking, in particular his film The Thin Blue Line, the first Errol Morris film I saw in a theater, with my dad, when it was released in 1988:

Why care about the milkshake? Why does the milkshake matter? Because we assemble our picture of reality from details. We don’t take in reality whole. Our ideas about reality come from bits and pieces of experience. We try to assemble them into something that has a consistent narrative.

5 comments:

Stephanie said...

I have no idea what you said...are you speaking English in this post? :)

thelonelytrader said...

KT, I like that quote...and I would add that in the process of assembling, there is a healthy dose of selection bias over time. Which is why, given a controled set of factors, no two people will perceive the same thing unless there is some kind of incentive for both to "normalize" their experiences. Ah...the beginnings of romantic love, art, civilizations...and war.

KT said...

Steph, you need to add The Thin Blue Line to your queue. LT, you and I should have a beer when you are back in Cali. Or a glass of vegan vino. Steph, you should join us.

Stephanie said...

I'm always up for a glass of vino, vegan or not. As for the movie KT, you made me watch Blue Velvet one too many times in HS; can I trust your movie tastes? ;P

KT said...

Hahahaha! I'm so sorry about that.

The Thin Blue Line is by Academy Award winning director Errol Morris.