Acting-Out Politics

Weblog opens discussion about the psychology of Bushmerican style of behavior.

“Peter Pan” is a recent film version of the story that continues to mesmerize viewers of all ages. This film is about the clash between good-looking and good-hearted children and the ugly and evil adults – not-evil adults in the movie are just stupid and laughable. Children among viewers identify with their victorious peers on […]

“Elysium” is called by the “Rolling Stone” reporter Peter Travers (PT) “Hell-raiser with social conscience”. For those who still remember popular revolutions and their consequences “hell-raising” is not associated with one’s conscience, but rather with despair and frustration which are not good advisers as what to do. Hell-raising is more related to blind destructiveness and […]

When people are unwilling to rebel against a flawed social system either because they are afraid of political repression or because they are afraid to lose their material comfort – they are prone to rebel inside the area of private relationships (to challenge society’s norms and values only in private life). “Berlin affair” shows such […]

Tavernier and American Unconscious: Super-Crooks, Super-Heroes and Drunk-Drugged Philistines Tavernier’s representation of the “American archetype” in “In the Electric Mist” (2010) is a diligent repetition of endless Hollywood films about super-crooks and super-heroes. The American super-crooks are depicted as heroes of social success while being disgustingly cynical characters bathing in luxury, and the American super-heroes […]

For us, Americans who are the heirs of mass culture (as repressively de-sublimated model of behavior), who are children of wars, peers of money and stepbrothers of financial and technological disasters – this film about alive and creative human soul is not just vitally important. It is a music-call to return to the soul as […]

Why the heroine of the film Carolin does resist her love for the sensitive and passionate young man, Robert, whom mere physical closeness to her can put into erotic trembling and who can risk near everything in order to be with her? This is the question von Trotta puts in front of the viewers. Indeed, […]

Bunuel’s Gospel? In “Nazarin” Bunuel goes beyond theological, dogmatic or historical Christ. He imagines the existential Christ through Christ-like figure of our own times (as Anne-Marie Mieville and Godard imagine existential Mary in “Book of Mary” and “Hail Mary” correspondingly). In Bunuel’s analysis (and Francisco Rabal’s performance) Father Nazario’s virtuous life cannot be separated from […]

Pasolini’s “What are Clouds?” – Short, 22 min. (Pasolini’s contribution to “Caprice Italian Style” (1968) The fact that the great classic works of art are perceived through history made Pasolini to analyze not only “Othello’s” images but how we understand them since the time of their creation. So, In addition to the Shakespearean characters Pasolini […]

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