Friday, September 22, 2006

Chesterton on MTV

Chesterton on MTV? ... well, in their movie news; not for any acting, nor for a Fr Brown movie, nor for any play that he wrote.  But he was quoted in a movie review by Kurt Loder of "The Science of Sleep":
Watching the movie brings to mind the novelist G.K. Chesterton's observation that art requires limitation: "The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame." Lacking any real grounding limitation, "The Science of Sleep" drifts away into woozy inconsequence.
-- 'The Science Of Sleep': Zzzz ..., By Kurt Loder

Here is the quotation in bit more context:
Has not every one noticed how sweet and startling any landscape looks when seen through an arch?  This strong, square shape, this shutting off of everything else is not only an assistance to beauty; it is the essential of beauty. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
-- G.K. Chesterton. "The Toy Theatre" in Tremendous Trifles, 1909.

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