Burn, Baby Burn

Written by Holmes Charnley

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But not all characters smoke; not all these people down on their luck immediately reach forrepparttar fags. Jack Nicholsonís character in The Shining doesnít reach for a cigarette despite suffering from what we can only describe politely as a mild bout of depression and paranoia.

In a likewise manner, take Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro. De Niro playsrepparttar 132427 part of a Vietnam veteran sickened by society. If ever a character needs to relax with and spark one up, itís our friend Travis Bickle, yet, no, he decides to relax by doing some DIY that involves a pistol secreted up his arm and a mirror into which he can imagine conversations.

And whilst weíre at it, I donít want to see Clint Eastwood riding into town, sipping delicately from a bottle of Evian. The subtle nuances would be lost; thereíd be something missing.

Smoking exists in society. Therefore, if Hollywood is to reflect society, then there is always going to berepparttar 132428 characters who smoke and those that donít. If a character is stressed out, he or she are still unlikely to reach for a Geri Haliwell yoga video.

And are teenagers, whose screen idols smoke, more likely to smoke themselves? Iím more inclined, as others are, to go along withrepparttar 132429 idea of peer pressure, of influences closer to home. I smoke because my friends and parents smoked. I didnít see Casablanca as a teenager. And it certainly hasn't encouraged me to continue smoking. Film-making is one ofrepparttar 132430 arts. Art reflects life. The semiotics of smoking suggests several traits within a single character, this much is true, yet it is so ingrained within Western culture to see a character who smokes as being cool and having a shed load of attitude that this overrides all else. Society must change first, then films will follow suit. Notrepparttar 132431 other way around. Hollywood isnít that powerful, nor should we ever let it become so.

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10 Jades-A-Penny

Written by Holmes Charnley

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You have to put Warholís quote into context, to seerepparttar people that he was surrounded by. The parties he hosted at his studio, The Factory, were rife with people wanting to be famous. He could see where it was all going. It was on his doorstep. He was surrounded by all these people. They wanted fame for fameís sake. The signs were there even then. Drag queens, hustlers, would-be actors, addicts all vying for his attention. No talent, just star struck nobodies.

Obviously, Warhol was being ironic. Surrounded by these hangers-on, with no hope of real fame, he had already, in his work, capturedrepparttar 132425 images of those he felt to be truly famous.

Iíve been fortunate enough to see a couple of pieces of Warholís work up close and you can almost smell his words, know what he meant. When I visitedrepparttar 132426 Centre Pompidou in Paris, I was able to look at his lithograph entitled 10 Lizes. Iím not here to decipher what he meant by reproducing an image of Elizabeth Taylorís face 10 times. Suffice to say, being bombarded by a large canvas with her image repeated, you inherently understand what Warholís idea of fame really was.

It isnít selling your story to a tabloid, nor is itrepparttar 132427 huge presumption that I am remotely interested in watching you brush your teeth on Big Brother. Nor do I wish to watch you learn how to sing. Learn how to sing, then if I like your finished product, Iíll line your pockets. But if I donít like it, donít go crying torepparttar 132428 tabloids, because I wonít be reading your story. You have to earn my respect before Iím even remotely interested in what you have to say.


The Independent

March, 2004

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