Monday, July 11, 2011

The Archer's Manifesto

  1. We owe allegiance to nobody except the financial interests which provide our money; and, to them, the sole responsibility of ensuring them a profit, not a loss.
  2. Every single foot in our films is our own responsibility and nobody else's. We refuse to be guided or coerced by any influence but our own judgement.
  3. When we start work on a new idea we must be a year ahead, not only of our competitors, but also of the times. A real film, from idea to universal release, takes a year. Or more.
  4. No artist believes in escapism. And we secretly believe that no audience does. We have proved, at any rate, that they will pay to see the truth, for other reasons than her nakedness.
  5. At any time, and particularly at the present, the self respect of all collaborators, from star to prop-man, is sustained, or diminished, by the theme and purpose of the film they are working on.

(from a letter from Emeric Pressburger to Wendy Hiller asking her to appear in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, via Serena Bramble on


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this posted by David August at 2:22 PM 

comments: How do you like living in LA? I want to move there soon but all I hear about that area is crimes and bad traffic etc.

# posted by Anonymous Anonymous : 11:00 AM  

Love living in LA. You seem to have been misinformed; if you check the FBI's crime statistics, you can compare LA's crime rates to other cities, it's pretty safe.

# posted by Blogger David August : 1:13 PM  

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