Cinematic Lounge

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cine-clubs

During the most active cinephile period, the French New Wave, a lot of cine-clubs had been formed. There, as I suppose, had been taking place projections, discussions, discussions and, well, discussions. This resulted in a massive cinematical social commitment: people watched cinema, thought about cinema, talked about cinema, breathed cinema...

This spirit is somehow lost... Are there still regular cinematic gatherings where the central task is not to merely watch, but also to think and discuss? To search meanings and possible new roads? To truly participate in a commited community?

Festivals have to a degree alienated this - they have turned cinema into an official event where only grand speeches and not thoughtful discussions can take place. The principle is that something has to be said, to fill the time schedule, but what and how is not a valid question.

So my concern is towards this: does anyone know of such active clubs? How do they operate? What are their program and syllabus? What are their aims and in what way do they try to achieve them?

Please, share any expirience! Also, any detailed knowledge or direction towards sources about such past clubs is welcome!