Thursday, May 2, 2013

Portrait of the Artist as a Coward

The only artists I have ever known who are personally delightful are bad artists..... He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize
- Oscar Wilde , The Picture of Dorian Gray

In Satyajit Ray's Kapurush (Coward) - the protagonist Amitabha  is a screenwriter is traveling to collect material for his film he is going to write. Novelists writing about novelists is the oldest cliche in the book. Screenwriters writing about screenwriters is relatively rare and on occasion has resulted in phenomenal awesomeness. However, it is interesting to see how Ray shows a screenwriter.