Thursday, July 14, 2011

Re-reading Like Truffaut

I'd been thinking about re-reading, something I almost never do now that I'm out of school. Then, reading around in Truffaut's The Films in My Life, I found:

Since I didn't dare admit that I had already seen it [a film], I had to go and pretend that I was seeing it for the first time. That was the first time I realized how fascinating it can be to probe deeper and deeper into a work one admires, that the exercise can go so far as to create the illusion of reliving the creation.
... I saw the same films over and over and began making choices as to what I would have done, if I had been the director.

--All of which suggests to me an exercise, to re-read novels, trying to imagine the creation, the choices made, how mine might differ.

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