Acting-Out Politics

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

Fighting scene between mother and son Dance scene in a café with Franco Citti ************ Joe Silvery’s (Matthew Barry) mother Caterina Silvery (Jill Clayburgh) is a famed opera-singer. Joe is an adolescent boy with a bit of a compulsive mind. Joe’s father and mother are separated (father an Italian who continues to live in Italy, […]

To the Memory of Chantal Ackerman (1950-2015) The smile on Chantal Ackerman’s face in this photo is, may be a kind of a bitter smile or, may be, the smile of bitterness. But her face is softened by her wise and even tender gaze and her gentle wrinkles. Jeanne Dielman (Delphine Seyrig) is looking at […]

“Four billion years of evolution, two thousand years of historical time, the subduing landscapes of industry. Cells know everything, all the way up to the stars. Either the head has never experienced anything of this sort, or it has forgotten it altogether” Like a giant industrial tarantula the space observatory on Earth opens its jaw […]

JLG making “Weekend”, 1967 Godard is wrestling with an Angel – trying to overcome his cognitive opponent Godard is happily enjoying his sudden present – his new (and with new tricks and pranks) camera Jean-Luc introducing his wife – actress Anne Wiazemsky to Pier Paolo Pasolini who will work with her in his “Theorem” and […]

A Childhood Stolen from the kids by Society is not replaceable by the availability of guns, by competitive sports, by petti moneymaking or dream of becoming billionaires The friendship between Pixote – the homeless boy-pauper (Fernando Ramos da Silva) and a lonely prostitute (Marilia Pera) – a woman with a kind heart who tries to […]

The fascist Presidente (Aldo Valetti) shows his friends that he cares about the children’s’ morality-immorality issue – “Don’t tell about my misdeeds in front of innocent children whom we need to protect from the truth until the proper time”. The fascist Bishop – Giorgio Cataldi (the picture on top) is irritated by his young victim […]

The Duke is damn right – real equality is incompatible with what he calls “true happiness”. But what is concretely a true happiness for the fascist Duke? It is a situation when people like him are unconditionally above those who are under him by their place in social hierarchy – those who provide him extra […]

There are few artists like Pasolini who have traveled to the outer riches of language and self, to the peripheries of the known world and the outlying islands of the ancient and the mythical, to bring us face-to-face with the present and ourselves. Sam Rohdie Social struggles are also linguistic ones. Poetry, in the broadest […]

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