Anna Halprin, Dancing my cancer (1975)

February 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Anna Halprin – Wikipedia

La Mort en Direct, Bertrand Tavernier (1980)

February 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

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The Death Of Comedian Tommy Cooper, On The London Stage 1984

February 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Tommy Cooper was a welsh-born, British prop comedian and magician, famous for the red fez he always wore, and the persona he crafted of a magician whose tricks always go wrong. Cooper died on April 15, 1984, as he performed live on television for a variety show entitled “Live from her Majesty’s”. During a sketch in which he was to pull numerous objects from a gown, just after his assistant helped him put the gown on, Copper collapsed and sat against the curtain while the audience and his assistant laughed, thinking it was an impromptu part of his act. He then fell backwards onto his back, creating more laughs. However, as the minutes passed, it was apparent that something had actually gone wrong, and it wasn’t part of his act. Another curtain was closed to hide where he had fallen, and other acts carried on on the front of the stage. People backstage tried to resuscitate him but couldn’t. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Westminster hospital, from a heart attack. He was 63 years old.

Stendalì – Suonano ancora

February 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Titolo originale     Stendalì – Suonano ancora
Paese di produzione     Italia
Anno     1960
Durata     11 min.
Colore     bianco/nero
Audio     sonoro
Genere     documentario
Regia     Cecilia Mangini
Soggetto     Pier Paolo Pasolini
Sceneggiatura     Cecilia Mangini
Fotografia     Giuseppe De Mitri
Montaggio     Renato May
Musiche     Egisto Macchi

Amour by Michael Haneke

September 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Credits

  • Michael HANEKE – Director
  • Michael HANEKE – Screenplay

Actors

  • Jean-Louis TRINTIGNANT – Georges
  • Emmanuelle RIVA – Anne
  • Isabelle HUPPERT – Eva
  • Alexandre THARAUD – Alexandre

A piece of monologue by Samuel Beckett

September 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Twelve Theses on the Economy of the Dead” by John Berger

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1. The dead surround the living. The living are the core of the dead. In this core are the dimensions of time and space. What surrounds the core is timelessness.

2. Between the core and its surrundings there are exchanges, which are not usually clear. All religions have been concerned with making them clearer.
The credibility of religion depends upon the clarity of certain unusual exchanges. The mystifications of religion are the result of trying to systematically produce such exchanges.

3. The rarity of clear exchange is due to the rarity of what can cross intact the frontier between timelessness and time.

4. To see the dead as the individuals they once were tends to obscure their nature. Try to consider the living as we might assume the dead to do:
collectively. The collective would accrue not only across space but also throughout time. It would include all those who had ever lived. And so we would also be thinking of the dead. The living reduce the dead to those who have lived, yet the dead already include the living in their own great collective.

5. The dead inhabit a timeless moment of construction continually rebegun. The construction is the state of the universe at any instant.

6. According to their memory of life, the dead know the moment of construction as, also, a moment of collapse. Having lived, the dead can never be inert.

7. If the dead live in a timeless moment, how can they have a memory? They remember no more than being thrown into time, as does everything which existed or exists.

8. The difference between the dead and the unborn is that the dead have this memory. As the number of dead increases, the memory enlarges.

9. The memory of the dead existing in timelessness may be thought of as a form of imagination concerning the possible. This imagination is close to (resides in) God, but I do not know how.

10. In the world of the living there is an equivalent but contrary phenomenon. The living sometimes experience timelessness, as revealed in sleep, ecstasy,
instants of extreme danger, orgasm, and perhaps in the experience of dying itself. During these instants the living imagination covers the entire field of experience and overruns the contours of the individual life or death. It touches the waiting imagination of the dead.

11. What is the relation of the dead to what has not yet happened, to the future? All the future is the construction in which their “imagination” is engaged.

12. How do the living lie with the dead? Until the dehumanisation of society by capitalism, all the living awaited the experience of the dead. It was their ultimate future. By themselves the living were incomplete. Thus living and dead were inter-dependent. Always. Only a uniquely modern form of egotism has broken this inter-dependence. With disastrous results for the living, who now think of the dead as eliminated.

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