Here is Mr. Robertson's interpretation:
There are lots of people, artists, who believe that manipulation is the key to success. So many of them don't understand that real success, as an artist, comes from creating great art; art that gives fuel to the soul; art that shows the way the world could and should be. But, so few even care about the art. So few understand what art even is.
They want fame and power. They want to rule the world. And, it's not just the wanna-be artists in Hollywood that are like this. Our society is increasingly filling with little dictators who want to control the lives of others. And, if they can't do it themselves, they vote for people who will do it for them.
It is incredibly difficult to exist in a world like this, yet incredibly important to stand on principle for truth, for good, and for real beauty.
I see this story as one of a person of great integrity to his own ideals who, despite being surrounded by frauds who try to tear him down in a thousand different ways every day, never gives up on the value of his own vision.
This is something that is becoming lost in our society. This character is heroic and we need more heroic characters.
As it subjectifies the art of film and art itself, there are numerous puzzles and even contradictions going on in this unperfect film about trying to be perfect. There is one moment where a carefully focused shot goes out of focus while the narration speaks of considering the movement of current film.
Interesting also is that Franklin Reuhl has a quick appearance in a provoking comedic moment of an otherwise serious film.
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