Film: La Maman et la Putain (Jean Eustache, 1973)

January 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Film: La Maman et la Poutain (Jean Eustache , 1973)


« Je crois qu’il faut se taire, se regarder en silence. Ou bien parler beaucoup parce que cela revient au même.»


« parler avec les mots des autres, ce doit être ça la liberté »


Time Out says
Mon May 14 2012

Three-and-a-half hours of people talking about sex sounds like a recipe for boredom; in Eustache’s hands, it is anything but. There is no ‘explicitness’: the film is about attitudes to, and defences against, sex and the body. Using dialogue garnered entirely from real-life conversations and sticking entirely to a prepared script (no improvisation), Eustache has provided us with a ruthlessly sharp-eyed view of chic, supposedly liberated sexual relationships, revealing them to be no less a disaster area of tragic dimensions than their ‘straighter’ counterparts. Veronika (Lebrun) cripples herself by regarding herself entirely through male eyes; Alexandre (Léaud, playing a character eerily close to his standard screen persona) is revealed to be the victim of a greedy, self-regarding, and desperate chauvinism; Marie (the superb, strong Lafont) is a less fully delineated character, sadly allowed only two fierce rejoinders to Alexandre’s blind demands. Each of the three holds part of the ‘truth’ about their situation; none can put the pieces together. The Mother and the Whore is an icy comment on the New Wave, informed throughout by Eustache’s striking visual intelligence.

This film ranked #2 in Time Out’s list of the 100 greatest French films.

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Highly recommended and available in its entirety on Youtube.


January 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark,
And has the nature of infinity.”

― William Wordsworth


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  1. 1.
    a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
    “it was a coincidence that she was wearing a jersey like Laura’s”
    synonyms: accidentchanceserendipityfate, a twist of fate, destinyfortuity,fortuneprovidencefreakhazard; More

  2. 2.
    the fact of corresponding in nature or in time of occurrence.
    “the coincidence of interest between the mining companies and certain politicians”
    synonyms: co-occurrence, coexistence, conjunction, simultaneity,simultaneousness, contemporaneity, contemporaneousness,concomitancesynchronicitysynchrony; More

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    Take the second definition and put aside the first. Of corresponding occurrence.

    Let me argue that where we see pattern, it is not entirely an internal fabrication, a random interpretation of signs. Without bringing the divine into the equation, consider that people are coming to awareness, across the planet, of the same ideas. You might call it union, you might point to oneness and God, or you might consider that we are evolving as a race at the same forward-moving point in history — it’s difficult, really, to defend the idea that we are moving backwards — and that similar phenomenon are being experienced around the planet, across the globe. We are being exposed to similar things, particularly in the well-ripened age of the internet; that should-be democratic and limitless expanse of information and ideas of all sort.

    So, shared stimuli — more, or less, depending on your wealth and your freedom. Your education.
    If we’re reacting to similar things, patterns may be observed, ideas occurring in multiple heads, communicated and developed.

    That said,
    I read Plato, I read Saul Bellow, I read Nietzsche, and I see ideas rocketed back at me from long gone, years and years ago. Time past. Backwards. Ideas that have been rolling anew in my head, expressed there, too. So, human consciousness — the realisations of mankind, are they timeless? Do we have a memory that predates our birth? Or are we born into the world clean and ignorant, and gradually absorb and respond to it; the remnants? The work and knowledge of our forefathers?


January 28, 2014 § 2 Comments


I write to thank you. I write because,

Here, in a new country, knowing few people,

I see you more clearly. I miss you with hard-cut, clear-edged images.

I appreciate you.

And how fortunate I am!

How lucky — to have such wonderful friends.

Such lovely beings,


I love you all.

Omer Avital Quintet – Theme For a Brighter Future

January 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Thank you, Nicholas!

January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

It is not enough

We must show ourselves

We must,


I must prove to you

that I am

A Message to Young People from Andrei Tarkovsky, via Aviv

January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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