This past weekend was, apparently, a very good one for brilliant, searching and pointed speeches. Tilda Swinton delivered the State of Cinema address at the San Francisco Film Festival Saturday night, April 29, the entirety of which was built around a rumination upon a question posed to her by her five-year-old son: What were people’s dreams like before the cinema? The entirety of her comments can be found here and should be read by anyone with even a fleeting interest in the movies and why they matter.
(Many thanks to David Hudson of the indispensable Green Cine Daily for this and a thousand other things that we wouldn’t be able to do without on a daily basis.)
UPDATE: 5/5/06 The San Francisco Film Festival ended last night with a screening of Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, followed by a Q-and-A with two of the film's stars, Lily Tomlin and Virginia Madsen. Festivalgoer Michael Guillen has the details of the closing night festivities at his fine blog The Evening Class. (Thanks to Brian Darr for the lead and the correction.)