The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Just Waking Up

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“To compare me with Goya is a nonsense. Critics speak of Goya because they don’t know anything about Quevedo, Theresa of Avila, the picaresque literature, Galdòs, Valle Inclàn and others. … Today’s culture is unfortunately inseparable from economic and military power. A ruling Nation can impose its culture and give a worldwide fame to a second-rate writer like Hemingway. Steinbeck is important due to American guns. Had Dos Passos and Faulkner been born in Paraguay or in Turkey, who’d read them?”  (more…)

Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Persona

Singularity

Film essay by: Witney Seibold

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Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona” (1966) has the perfect opening for a film: (more…)

Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Everyone Says I Love You

Falling in Love Again

An essay by: Witney Seibold

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            I’m going to get grief for this one, I know. (more…)

Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 4:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Eraserhead

The Horrible, Beautiful Asymmetry

An essay by: Witney Seibold

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           Andre Breton stated in his famed manifesto that surrealism was the purest form of art. He believed that surrealism was a way of pouring the artist’s mind, unadulterated, out onto the page, without the troublesome impediments of interpretation, thought, or feeling. (more…)

Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 4:23 pm  Comments (1)  

Duck Soup

It’s Their World, We Just Live in It

Film essay by: Witney Seibold

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            Often, when I write reviews of current comedies that I may not be too pleased with, I use the word “forced.” I mention that the jokes are forced, or situations are forced, or even the premise is forced. “Labored” comes up sometimes. (more…)

Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Citizen Kane

Quite Possibly the Best Film EVER!

Film essay by: Witney Seibold

 

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            Ah, yes. Orson Welles’ 1941 classic “Citizen Kane.” Reputed by Sight & Sound, The American Film Institute, and by most people who compile such lists, as the best film ever made. It’s only major competition for the top spot is Vittorio De Sica’s “The Bicycle Thief.” *Sigh* And I thought I had originality problems with my “The Wizard of Oz” essay.

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Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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