Acting-Out Politics

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

Contradictions in Secular Spiritual Individualism – When Non-conformism is Based on Private World Views Swann begins to think he loves Odette after he dissociates her from her actual body – which is desirable and thus detestable – by confounding her with Botticelli’s Zipporah from the Sistine Chapel… or with Vinteuil’s sonata. Only then can he […]

Dogmatic Parents’ Suffering and Their “Gay” Children’s Fragmentary (Technical) Understanding Of Their Own Humanity Everybody can easily understand the shock, panic and despair of the parents of their gay/lesbian children. Many of them have been hearing for decades from their clergy dogmatic/authoritarian assertions/verdicts about human “sexual life”. How else could they react on the revelation […]

What Was Bacon’s Intuition Of Emotions In His Protagonists, That Created His Stylistically Unique Figurative Distortion? According to Jung, the distortion of art is not an expression of the destruction of the artist’s personality, rather the artist finds the unity of his artistic personality in destructiveness PsyArt (Journal for the Psychological Study of the Arts) […]

Even psychological ugliness is elevated by Antonioni’s art (with its orientation on truth and the ethical impossibility to scapegoat what is a part of the reality) into monumental forms of objective historical process. Even protagonists who are not too attractive as human beings, with all their personal imperfections and moral flows signify a certain socio-political […]

“Yojimbo” can stylistically be considered as a “study” for his “Sanjuro” made a year after “Yojimbo” (with the same main character played by a unique actor in the history of cinema Toshiro Mifune). But thematically it is quite an independent film that concentrates on the specificity of economically determined fight between rivaling groups of entrepreneurs […]

Ingmar Bergman and Gunnar Bjornstrand (Pastor Ericsson) during the shooting of “Winter Light” “Winter Light” is the second part of Bergman’s “religious trilogy” (the first, “Through Glass Darkly” – 1960, and the third, “Silence” – 1962). In the first film, the basic (for achieving enlightened life) human abilities – to love without psychological defensiveness and […]

“Through Glass Darkly” is the first film of Bergman’s religious trilogy dedicated to a hypothetical moment in the history of human existential sensitivity when, as a result of disappointment in their own psychological condition, human beings develop a need for a relationship with God. Geographically and historically a universal setting of rural Sweden became the […]

“Lancelot of the Lake” is a demythologized version of Arthurian legend, a kind of “King Arthur” for adults. Bresson focuses on the love affair between Lancelot and Queen Guinevere and on Lancelot’s destiny after his return to the “Round Table” without the Holy Grail. The knights in the film are shown as quite “modern” in […]

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