[Editor’s Note: Melanie Lynskey (Hello I Must Be Going) is guest blogging. We love her. And now there’s a lotta love to go around. – Nathaniel R]
After my love letter to Noah Taylor I thought it might be kind of fun to write to some people for The Film Experience and ask THEM who they’d want to write a love letter to. Hopefully this is making some kind of sense. So I made a little dream list of people I respect and admire beyond all reason and I sent them a little e-mail saying:
I’ve seen you do work that has made me want to write you a love letter because it’s moved me so deeply. Who or what would you like to write a love letter to? What piece of art or artist or feeling has moved you in this way?”
Here are a few amazing responses I got from these talented and passionate individuals!
To the magnificent & unique Zachary Quinto “my love letter to you is mostly me obsessing about: Angels In America!”
I remember so vividly the first time i saw IL POSTINO. i was a freshman in college – completely ravenous for creative inspiration – and i found myself alone at one of the only art house movie theaters in pittsburgh at the time. i was so enraptured by the experience. the tenderness and intimacy of the story. the beauty of the landscape. the powerful exploration of love. and in particular the performance of massimo troisi. it stays with me to this day: his subtlety. his vulnerability. his openness. his humor. and as i learned more about the film and the tragedy of its star – my genuine love for the movie blossomed into something that still inspires me any time i think about it. troisi’s commitment to this story ultimately cost him his life. he died just twelve hours after the film wrapped – and only days before he was meant to go to london for the heart transplant that likely would have saved him. but his connection to the project (which he also co-wrote) was so absolute and unwavering that – even in the face of his obviously weakened state – he would not back down until it was complete. and you can see it on screen. his passion and investment in the story is one of the most bittersweet manifestations i have encountered. i love that film and i love that performance. and i love the memory of the first time it all washed over me.