Acting-Out Politics

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

The film is about how spiritual experience of gentleness, genuineness and sophistication is slipping away from human life into moments of disinterested meditation in musical form, which the talented and more than talented professionals provide us because of their love of music and for financial reward. The film provides for viewers endless impressions of the […]

DESTROY SHE SAID (Marguerite Duras, 1969) from Spectacle Theater on Vimeo. Unfortunately this clip doesn’t include English translation but it’s visually expressive. To survive physically after being exposed to catastrophically inhumane experiences – after being extremely violated by another humans, is not only difficult and more often impossible, but it’s not by itself a moral […]

It looks like Godard wanted to help the immortality of the old story by Merimee (vocally framed and reinforced by Bizet’s opera) by saving it from anthropological tautology. Indeed, what is so big deal about an amorous affair and its noisy betrayal? We know thousands of stories like that – love-betrayal-and-revenge – human thinking’s narrow […]

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 […]

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