On the Art of the Cinema April 11, 1973 by Kim Jong Il

By Kim Jong Il

In his preface the writer states: "The cinema is now one of many major items on which efforts could be focused with a view to behavior the revolution in paintings and literature. The cinema occupies an enormous position within the total improvement of paintings and literature. As such it's a strong ideological weapon for the revolution and building. accordingly, concentrating efforts at the cinema, making breakthroughs and following up good fortune in all parts of artwork and literature is the fundamental precept that we needs to adhere to in revolutionizing artwork and literature."

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In any case, it is impossible to give a rich and varied ideological and spiritual portrait of the characters if the writer fails to probe beneath the surface of life into the world of the characters' experience. If in describing people's gradual attainment of a higher level of ideological consciousness he simply traces the course of events, instead of following the development of their spiritual world, he will be unable to represent the essential process of the development of their characters or arouse sympathy for their actions and experiences.

When he has to write about the past of which he has no personal experience, he must make a greater effort to study and analyse events in that period and discover the seed which represents the essence of those times. The seed of the film Five Guerrilla Brothers could never have 29 been discovered without studying the life of the Os, including O Jung Hwa and O Jung Hup, those indomitable fighters dedicated to the revolution. Even when one is involved in real life, one cannot discover a valuable seed unless one approaches life with a high degree of political awareness and a keen eye.

In art and literature, people are only deeply influenced by ideas which are expressed through the flow of life. Life is complex and varied. Writers should choose from its varied features only those aspects which meet the requirements of their seeds; they must not include anything which has no connection with them. If aspects of life which have no bearing on the seeds are included, these will obscure the ideas which should be expressed in the works, and consequently prevent the writers' artistic intentions from being interpreted correctly.

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