Acting-Out Politics

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

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 […]

According to the literally thinking movie-critics (who survive on advertising movies to the consumers), the main character of the film is a “wandering criminal”, “a smalltime thief”, “a young hoodlum”, etc., and this characterizations are pettily true (for these people to be “right” is be literally, tautologically right). Of course, Michel Poiccard is also what […]

Clip from the film Pierre – the main character of the film is a rare type of a screen hero. He is a scholar – his thinking and sensitivity belong to the area of humanistic sciences (the liberal arts). Commercial (entertaining) movies (the most of cinematic artifacts), on the other hand, are designed as pop-goods […]

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