Acting-Out Politics

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

Like Marcel Prousts novel the film is about the relations between rich aristocrats and poor folks during the WWI period as it is about our time, the 21st century, when the contrast in the wealth and life style between the rich and the poor again, as many times in history, grows to extreme. Its a […]

Fassbinder had the joy of courage to just dare to do something in his films. If you don’t have the guts, you cannot progress. Fassbinder had it. Giancarlo Giannini (who played in “Lili Marleen” the leading character Robert Mendelsohn) Fassbinder’s “Lili Marleen” is not about Nazi Germany destroying the popular German singer as it destroyed […]

Tanner’s film starts with descriptions of private love only to end with psychological side of social utopia. The reason political revolutions are violent is that revolutionaries are desperate – they identify with deprivation and pain inseparable from it, while counterrevolutionaries are stubborn because they’re fearful of losing that which they possess – they identify with […]

It looks more and more probable that a society of mass prosperity (psycho-sociologically based on consumerism and entertainment – the two functions on the same semantic stem: consumption of things and images, as it is depicted in Resnais’ film) cannot be understood without its next step – society of mass austerity (the path we are […]

The film begins very unusually for a war movie – with a slow and empty panorama of the Pacific Ocean seen through a wide empty area of the endless beaches. It takes some time before we start to see through a distance several tiny human figures on the horses, one of which is falling from […]

Duras’ “Baxter, Vera Baxter” is a film in which physical motions of the characters are intentionally reduced (Duras denies the importance of physical actions – the very aesthetic mechanism of pop-movies, for serious cinema), and their place is occupied by the protagonists’ contemplations about what’s going on with their lives. Stylistically speaking, the film’s meaning […]

Artaud’s portrait of the real Jacques Prevel, juxtaposed with photo of the actor (Mark Barbe) playing Prevel in Mordillat’s film Mordillat’s film is gloomy and tormenting, and its narrative melodies are often broken by, as if, blasted strings. After WWII, Paris is dirty, hopeless and full of people with no time for elegance and contemplation. […]

“Lola” by Jacques Demy is a comedy of not laughter or mockery (it is very pleasant for the viewers to laugh at somebody or something – it makes them feel superior and great, and that is good for the success of movies and profitable for filmmakers). “Lola” is a comedy of compassionate smile addressed to […]

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