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 might be centred with a purpose to behavior the revolution in artwork and literature. The cinema occupies a massive position within the total improvement of paintings and literature. As such it's a strong ideological weapon for the revolution and development. for that reason, concentrating efforts at the cinema, making breakthroughs and following up good fortune in all components of artwork and literature is the fundamental precept that we needs to adhere to in revolutionizing artwork and literature."

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What matters in art and literature is how life is observed and described. The stand one takes in viewing and depicting life determines the nature of one's creation, that is, whether it is a work of realism or anti-realism, a work of revolutionary art and literature or a counterrevolutionary work. Life, in short, is the people's creative efforts to conquer nature and transform society. Life, which includes every aspect of people's relationships and their activities, is very rich, varied and complex.

The choice of a distinctive seed will enable the writer to deal with new and important subjects in his work and create a forceful and interesting image. A new and distinctive seed means a seed which is original and contains in a novel form a new shoot for the development of life. Such seeds are not easy to find, not because they are as rare as specks of gold on a wide, sandy beach, but because it is not easy to recognize their quality correctly, although there are plenty of them to be found in life.

Conflicts have to assume a political character because they represent the contradictions and struggles between different ideas in the course of people's social relationships. For this reason conflicts 39 can only be settled justly and meaningfully on the basis of the Party's class line and mass line. The revolutionary transformation of people and their training as communists constitute the basic content of revolutionary works of literature, and a theme of such great political significance naturally raises the question of how the line of political organizations should be treated.

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