Originally posted by Rennie:
Coincidently I was perusing a Linking Ring magazine dated January 1938. There is a column titled Uncle Tom's Gabbin and his statement read as follows: "To know what's new in magic, learn what is old". Very interesting statement and I believe no truer words were ever spoken. Do you agree, yes, no ????
I'm not saying agree with it, but there was a quote from a young, talented film director (I think it was Spike Jones - Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Three Kings) where he said something to the effect - I don't need to learn all of the old guys, Felini, Godard, Eisenstein, Griffith, because I've learned and disected all of the more contemporary directors (Scorsese, Coppola, Sayles, etc...) If they have digested the old masters than so have I.
He also made the point that the volume of material out there keeps getting bigger and bigger, and it's impossible to take it all in. Therefore, you must pick and choose your inspirations.
Again, I'm not saying I agree with it. However, he does make a point about the volume of material. Am I doing wrong by studying the new Genii or Magic magazines instead of the old Hugard's? Is it an absolute must to study Germain or can I focus on David Ben?