May 30, 2012

First impressions

In Rome, that freezing snowbound winter of 1947 with no fuel to keep us warm, my parents took me to see my first film. I was unable to disentangle the screen from reality, without distance, I cowered in my seat. As the house in Kansas was blown through the sky I bolted down the aisle and was brought back by an usherette drying my tears. For the rest of the film I sat in terror on my seat, staring wide-eyed as Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man helped Dorothy brave the torments of the Wicked Witch on the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City ...

My second experience of the cinema was even more frightening -- Walt Disney's Bambi, in which nature is consumed by a raging forest fire.

Derek Jarman, from Chroma: A Book of Colour -- June '93 (1994).