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Joshua Oppenheimer’s Masterpieces in St. Louis

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Asia, Doc, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Politics, Review, Spectacle, STL, Time, US, Violence | 0 comments

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.” — Oscar Wilde. Instead of writing a regular review of “The Look of Silence” – I will only mention that it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival – it is better NOT to say too much about the things we care about. There is nothing worse than to introduce a film by saying it is great…” […]

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Best of Enemies – A Review

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in History, Media, Politics, Review, Site, Spectacle, STL, US | 4 comments

My review: Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That’s voting. — Robert Frost – It may be odd to like what disturbs us but it is clear that Best of Enemies is meant to provoke, and in that sense it is most successfully engaging. In 1968, while trailing NBC and CBS – to debate the Democratic and Republican national conventions – ABC hired two commentators, the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and the liberal Gore Vidal Vidal; the strategy worked and the ratings jumped way up! Almost every night the sparks were flying all over, not by the fireplace but on the small screen: two of the most articulate public intellectuals – in the days when such individuals still existed – were brilliantly sparring around the politics of those conventions. And then everything blew up. […]

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Another Classic French Film Festival in St. Louis

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Art, Film, France, French, History, Humor, STL | 0 comments

Another cornucopia of French classics – des films inoubliables – The Seventh Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series: March 13: Beauty and the Beast, Andrew Wyatt – The films and the presenters, starting today! March 14: Rules of the Game/Day in the Country, Diane Carson – March 15: That Man from Rio, Renee Hirshfield – March 20: Two Men in Manhattan, Robert Garrick – March 21: Queen Margot, Cate Marquis – March 22: Boy Meets Girl, Lionel Cuillé – March 27: Mon Oncle, Jean-Louis Pautrot – March 28: A Tale of Winter, Robert Hunt – March 29: A Man Escaped, Pier Marton – the program & trailers […]

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6 Millions pour la Semaine/for a Week

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Antisemitism, Doc, France, French, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Jewish, Juif, Now, Politics, Shoah | 0 comments

William Karel & Blanche Finger Film –> Jusqu’au Dernier : La Destruction des Juifs d’Europe – To The Last One: The Destruction of Europe’s Jews – France 2 pendant une semaine après – available for a week afterwards on the web through VPN — Le Holocauste, une histoire sur les Juifs qui ne concernera que les Juifs? Will the specificity of the killing of Jews remain only a Jewish story? PM – [Utiliser logiciel qui peut lire Flash Video & VPN si nécessaire] – LLes mots d’ouverture de la série: “Près de six millions de Juifs, les deux tiers des Juifs d’Europe furent assassinés par le régime nazi et ses collaborateurs pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, assassinés dans le silence quasi complet du monde…” – Opening statement for the series: “Close to six million Jews, two thirds of European Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during World War II, murdered amidst the world’s almost complete silence…” […]

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-empyre- This Month on “ISIS, Absolute Terror, Performance”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Action, Art, Death, Ego, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Middle-East, Now, Peace, Politics, Security, Shoah, Spectacle, Theater, Time, Wars, World | 0 comments

For the month of November 2014, I have been invited to be one of a number of guests on this listserv of more than 1900 participants. Here is an excerpt from one of the organizers, Alan Sondheim: “The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre, absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this chaos is a kind of ground-work itself – nothing beyond a scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror that seems to be daily increasing. … we want less political analysis or politics for that matter, and more, a form of personal/cultural testimony that is rarely written. What of anguish? What of inconceivable torture? What of a planet tending wildly towards overpopulation, extinctions, local wars, starvations, all producing despair, breakdown, anomie? In other words – how does one sleep at night?… the very absence of discussion in general, about the interiority of absolute violence, opens the subject up here.” PLEASE JOIN IN […]

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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 | 0 comments

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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