Jennifer Wallace

This page is completely dedicated to what Jennifer Wallace has to say. All of Jennifer Wallace’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Jennifer Wallace came from an article called Watch it and weep: why do sad films make us so happy?: “There's a fine line between enlarging compassion and self-gratifying weeping. Although tragedy appeals to our pity and fear, we might not necessarily be left crying. We might intellectually be trying to come to terms with something so horrifying it gives rise to thoughts that lie too deep for tears. Both Ancient Greek tragedy and contemporary films use the same technique for responding to larger events. They focus our pity and fear on the fate of one particular individual. You can't feel compassion for a statistic.”.

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There's a fine line between enlarging compassion and self-gratifying weeping. Although tragedy appeals to our pity and fear, we might not necessarily be left crying. We might intellectually be trying to come to terms with something so horrifying it gives rise to thoughts that lie too deep for tears. Both Ancient Greek tragedy and contemporary films use the same technique for responding to larger events. They focus our pity and fear on the fate of one particular individual. You can't feel compassion for a statistic.

Just look at the latest debate in the Oscars between La La Land and Moonlight. Originally people wanted to celebrate La La Land as a kind of escapist fantasy… But now there's the feeling that we're living in an increasingly dark world, and truth is coming under pressure. Suddenly people want to go to watch something that touches core issues of our day.

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