March 31, 2013

Look at this mountain, it was once fire.

No match. 

(For those two who couldn't make it to Smorgasbord [1983] by Jerry Lewis last night -- in Los Angeles -- to join a scrounging crowd of similar losers....)


March 20, 2013

March 9, 2013

The Miracle of Empty Hands

Sur la terre vide
resteront ces mains
sur la paroi de granit
face au fracas de l’océan

On the empty earth
remain these hands
on the granite wall
facing the ocean's roar

Les Mains négatives (1979, Duras),
and the "Magdalenian" caves 

(for c.)

March 4, 2013

22 jan '41

we see the film of STEINBECK'S GRAPES OF WRATH. you can still see that it must be a great book, and the entrepreneurs probably did not want to 'take all the strength out of it'. so they stew the subject in tears till it is tender. where 'suggestive acting' does not predominate, there are powerful effects. (tractors as the farmers' tanks, the camp of the fascist blacklegs, the car journey right across the states in search of work, the old farmer's funeral). the whole thing is an interesting mixture of the documentary and the private, the epic and the drrramatic, the informative and the sentimental, the realistic and the symbolic, the materialistic and the idealistic. 


 "Bert.... Look. Truck drivers."

"There she is folks: 'The land of milk and honey'."