Saturday, July 13, 2002

From Entertainment Weekly:

‘Enter the dream-house, brothers and sisters, leaving
Your debts asleep, your history at the door;
This is the home for heroes, and this loving
Darkness a fur you can afford.’

That verse is by England's onetime poet laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who wrote it about the movies of the first half of this century, and who died before his son Daniel became one of the finest film actors of the second. That the lines still resonate speaks of the enduring power of cinema, and of its allure as the most intimate of art forms – the only one best experienced in the dark.