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Denial, the film: incisive and timely.

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Antisemitism, Books, Film, Genocide, History, Jewish, Racism, Review, Shoah, Time, Women | 2 comments

If you ever have to prove with words that reality does exist, good luck… precisely the kind of challenge that “Denial” takes on with great resolve. Based on a true event, an American Jewish historian finds herself here having to prove in court that the Holocaust did take place… What happened is what happened and we will continue to be joined to others in space, and in time… but as long as words exist, they will be used to conceal reality and historical revisionism will endure. There where it hurts the most is where the enemy will strike: as Pierre Vidal-Naquet, the French historian wrote, it is a tentative of extermination on paper that relays the actual extermination. Whether done by a country like Iran, any group or individuals, denying the Holocaust is a form of antisemitism.

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Vladimir Jankélévitch

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in Antisemitism, Books, Death, France, Juif |

“L’existence nous a été donnée pour exister, et non pour réfléchir l’existence, la respiration pour respirer, et non pour se regarder respirant”. – “L’instant éclair, le silence, les signes évasifs ; c’est sous cette forme que choisissent de se faire connaître les choses les plus importantes.” – “L’ennui, c’est le temps en désordre.” – “Du moment que quelqu’un est né, a vécu, il en restera toujours quelque chose, même si on ne peut dire quoi.” – “La violence : une force faible.” – “La ride est une allusion à la mort.” – “La prière est le désespoir de la raison. “… – Dans le cadre de la Contre-Histoire de la Philosophie de Michel Onfray, une émission en plusieurs parties autour de Vladimir Jankélévitch sur France Culture […}

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Gemma Bovery – a film review

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Books, Death, Film, France, French, Humor, Review, STL |

My Review: “I can resist everything except temptation.” — Oscar Wilde. A light comedy to delight those who are too willing to fall under the charm of France… or is it under the charm of Gemma Arterton? — you may recognize her as one of James Bond’s girls. Based on Posy Simmonds’ satirical graphic novel which itself revisits Flaubert’s classic novel, Madame Bovary, the film is a great excuse to spend an hour and half around a small town bakery in Normandy, landing there with two British expats. What could such a bored beauty as Gemma conjure up to escape her fate? Or will she, as the victim of some literary parallel become Emma Bovary?! […]

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Être Là + Where You Are is Who You Are = Solitude & Claudie Hunzinger

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Art, Books, Care, Dance, France, Ideas, Idées, Music, Now, Peace, Sci/Nat, Women |

Another way to be and to think — Une autre manière d’être et de penser: “When we are alone, we lose our identity. We spread out into everything that surrounds us, we become what surrounds us… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass. – Quand on est seul, on perd son identité. On se déploie dans tout ce qui vous entoure, on devient ce qui vous entoure… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass.” […]

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The Green Prince (A Review): Nothing Obvious Here Too!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Antisemitism, Books, Doc, Ideas, Jewish, Middle-East, Politics, Racism, Review, Wars |

My review: “Spies like James Bond/007 can appear cool… but what if it were their family, their relatives and their people they were betraying? That type of treason may be nothing to celebrate anymore. One may actually need to hide all of that – and definitely not make a film about it! That is the challenge that the director, Nadav Schirman, has taken on. His previous two other documentaries were also about individuals living undercover: ‘In the Dark Room’ and ‘The Champagne Spy.’ He was also the producer of the successful 2012 ‘No Place on Earth.’ — In our desire to appear smart and in charge, we make fast assessments, ready to speak up and to react. Here, because repeatedly nothing appears as it what it is, the film will challenge most preconceptions. The moral compass for what constitutes one’s alliances seems to be constantly shifting and one is asked to turn oneself inside out. Healthy questions emerge: What constitutes intelligence and security? How do we know what we know? Is it just about those two individuals, Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben Yitzhak or is it about us? N.B.: For those who have read Mosab Hassan Yousef’s book ‘Son of Hamas,’ this film is very different than the book!” + Clips […]

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Contre-histoire de la philosophie: Hannah Arendt, Hans Jonas & Günther Anders

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Antisemitism, Books, France, Genocide, History, Idées, Jewish, Juif, Media, Middle-East, Politics, Popular, Shoah, Spectacle, Women |

Apparemment Onfray aime trop souvent simplifier pour “engager son public” – c’est bien dommage… Quelque fois cela peut-être utile, mais c’est un couteau à deux tranchants! Malgré une manière désastreuse d’épouser beaucoup trop vite les théories d’Hannah Arendt sur la “collaboration Juive” au Holocauste*, merci beaucoup pour la (ma) découverte de Günther Anders (cf. English bio by Harold Marcuse) et à quel point la critique de Guy Debord dans La Société du Spectacle s’inspirerait d’Anders, une critique décisive de la culpabilité de Heidegger, et le rappel que philosophie et vie ne devraient faire qu’un. (Lanzmann: “La première chose face à une catastrophe pareille, c’est l’humilité.”) – Liens Audio […]

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