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An uncompromised vision (FW34)

Rodolfo Bisatti - visions of cinema
Visions of cinema. We met Rodolfo Bisatti just after the screening of his film The Day of the Hawk at the London Film Festival 2004. With Rodolfo we talked about cinema, its death and resurrection
Marco Zee-Jotti – From the brief QandA with the audience after the screening I got the impression that you hold quite a strong vision of Cinema.
Rodolfo Bisatti – For me cinema is Art. After this statement we should pause for thirty seconds, and during that time ask ourselves a few questions. And find a few answers. What happened after Pasolini’s death? After Tarkovski’s death? After Kieslowski’s and Ken Loach’s deaths? And Olmi’s? I don’t mean the physical death, but the intellectual one. Why has cinema died? Everyone says: Television was born, the language has changed, we are changing. I believe that what died is Thought. I am worried, excited and anxious because within myself Thought is still alive. And I also think that there are many people who are keeping this hope alive, as a sort of necessity of the times. Let’s start again to think. 
Many European universities, centres of excellence, have become obscene and hypocritical places of academia, that cannot deliver any more any Thought.
Pasolini was a trouble-maker, because he was not just a writer, a philosopher, a director, but he was also involved in politics. If we think, we cannot help but be political. By killing Thought, politics and poetry, the entire world became sterile. Then self-censorship was invented, ie if you talk too much you are marginalized.