“Know yourself”, from Ancient Greek. That’s what’s written on the temple of Apollo at Delphi. It explains how knowing oneself pushes to know our own mind and to be wise. Socrates’ philosophy has its roots in this quote.
There’s no kind of acting that Hollywood venerates more than the highly constructed, technically sophisticated acting of the theatre—especially
the British theatre, a tradition that also shows its work. Work can be
controlled: one can study harder, research deeper, push oneself further.
Charisma, the kind of natural power that a great movie actor exerts by
doing nothing, is scary because it’s outside the performer’s control: it
comes by the grace of God, and can vanish just as mysteriously.
“Birdman” wins, in effect, in response to the ambient fear that the good
times can all end suddenly.
Above: Alejandro González Iñárritu accepts the Best Picture prize for “Birdman,” surrounded by the film’s cast and crew. Photograph by John Shearer/Invision/AP
A day where one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room, not try to be or do anything whatever.