Cinema: Flair Ball

DIVA Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix; Screenplay by Jean-Jacques Beineix and Jean Van Hamme

Ten ways to tell the difference between style and flair in moviemaking: style reveals; flair displays. Style insinuates; flair asserts. Style is witty; flair is clever. Style seems simple; flair looks facile. Style is a bolt of lightning; flair is a ripple of Mylar. Style advances the story; flair replaces the story. Style connects images, scenes, moods, morals; flair offers a series of showy epiphanies. Style is a cloak for character; flair is a designer-jeans commercial. Style finds the right...

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