Saturday, March 3, 2012

The List



Today I've seen Le monde vivant, which I can only interpret as a love letter to Bresson. Elaine Castillo wrote this wonderful text, using Le monde vivant as a starting point. About the film she says:
I think I’ve read critics describe Le monde vivant as indebted to, if not a kind of slanted comic remake of, Bresson’s Lancelot du lac. If it is kindred to Lancelot du lac (it is another red and green film, at least), it’s only as a negative image of that film. What’s red in Lancelot du lac is green in Le monde vivant. What’s wounded, what’s killed in Lancelot du lac, comes back to life in Le monde vivant.
"It's only as a negative image of that film." And this takes me back to those Kafka/ Godard quotes found in Vila-Matas's Chet Baker piensa en su arte. "How can we advance if we are left with no contradictions?", this would be a rough translation of that last phrase by Godard.

And then, this other thing EC says in her text - "I like that second image also because you can see all the soda. Hello! It’s America." - reminds me of a note I've made while watching another film that's on my list, Altman's Thieves Like Us. In this film, Coca-Cola becomes synonymous with America. Lolita is a film/book I often associate with Coke. Also Baby Doll, a bit. But I don't think there is any other film besides Thieves Like Us in which the bottles of Coke are so prevalent, so obviously juxtaposed with the idea of America. Maybe it's why I have trouble giving it up - I associate it with American films, with American pop culture. I take a sip of Coke, I take a sip of pop culture.

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