Something Different and Yet Not: Julian Schnabel Creating Art From Art

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stills from film the-diving-bell-and-the-butterfly

I have been thinking about this post for a long time.  Like writing a loving tribute to a friend, writing about a piece of art that has impacted and enriched your life and thoughts can be daunting because of the desire to capture and relay the essence that makes it meaningful.  Then I came to the realization that similar to a eulogy, a piece of music, a painting, or a film cannot be recaptured or retold because to do so would mean to deprive it of that essence—the very thing that makes it special. As you cannot recapture the totality of a person in a eulogy, meaningful art carries that same wonderful burden. I decided not to worry about bringing this film to justice in my writings. Instead, I want to share how it spoke to my humanity and open the door to its beauty by making more people aware…

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