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MOVIES ABOUT FAMILY VALUES
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SATIRE OR EXPLOITATION
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Anyway I was out shopping for videos on Saturday & I bought the film Serial Mom . After watching it again I just wanted to share a few thoughts about it & some other similar films.

So Did you ever see John Waters' film Serial Mom in which Kathleen Turner plays the perfect mom like Beaver Clever's Mom except when someone upsets her she takes to making obscene phone calls & then begins killing people who hurt members of her family or who do not recycle or refuse to rewind their videos before returning them to the video store where her son works or guys who do not treat her boy crazy daughter in the way that she believes they should or the teacher who believes Kathleen Turner's son is in need of therapy & accuses of her poor parenting skills. Anyway you get the picture as the police close in on her she becomes a celebrity who has a growing fan base . The young people think of her as being cool & when she enters a punk rock grunge type club & sets a guy on fire on the stage the all girl punk band take part in burning the guy to death. It is a wickedly & delicious bit of black comedy which has similar targets for send-up like Natural Born Killers but this film is not as over the top or as brutal & vicious.

Serial Mom is like the film series The Stepfather which is also about a parent & family man who seeks perfection from others & his family & when reality settles in he feels forced to kill his new family because they are not perfect like the families on TV like Beaver's family or the family in Father Knows Best or My Three Sons or The Brady Bunch. And before he kills his new family he begins to create a new family in a nearby city to set himself up again by first mudering the father in the family he has targeted to be his family & then woos & seduces the mother of that family til he finally marries her & becomes the children's stepfather only to repeat the whole cycle again. It is also funny at times but is a much darker film than Serial Mom.

Another bizzarre little film similar to these is Parents in which a young boy discovers his parents are cannibals & what adds to the menacing mood of this film is that it takes place in the late 50's or early sixties when we assume a lot of suburbanites really did try to live their lives according to some unrealistic ideal of family life as portrayed on TV & in magazines. Anyway these are all interesting & bizzarre takes on love , romance & the quest for the ideal relationship & the ideal family situation.

Another strange take on family life & reality versus the fantasy world of the perfect TV family is the more light-hearted films The Brady Bunch & The Brady Bunch: A Very Brady Sequel. In these movies the Bradys are still as unrealistic as ever but are placed in the real world where people are not as innocent & caring as are the Bradys. In the Sequel a guy who claims to be Mrs Bradys deceased or missing former husband just shows up one day though he doesn't look anything like her dead husband Mrs Brady believes him. One of the great scenes in the movie is when the guy is fed his own magic-mushrooms & is stoned & tripping while having dinner with the Bradys.

For more on these films & especially other Cult Films see:
http://www.cultmovies.info/
www.deadrabbit.org
www.mathewlilland.com
www.theZreview.co.uk


Clip from SERIAL MOM : wearing white after labor day


Clip from SERIAL MOM
Obscene phone call



FROM TERRY GILLIAM'S "BRAZIL"


PHOTO FROM LINDSAY ANDERSON'S SURREAL & APOCALYPTIC FILM "IF..." STUDENT REBEL MICK TRAVIS SHOOTING AT FACULTY IN THE BLOODY CLIMAX OF THE FILM 

"I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable." - David Lynch

Bunuel ‘s films depict "the irrational, the irreverent, the unexpected, and the non-sequitur."


Lindsay Anderson's film like Brazil, "V", Bunuel films is surreal and is a satire on our culture -combining biting humour with graphic violence and a dystopian view.


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V FOR VENDETTA " FILM REVIEW & COMMENTARY ON GUY FAWKES & CHANCELLOR GEORGE BUSH & CO.


" V " VIVE LA REVOLUTION"
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The film “ V “ begins with the voice over of Evey reciting the GUY FAWKES Rhyme as we are told the story of Guy Fawkes & are left with the feeling that maybe Guy Fawkes’ intentions were not as evil as we have through the centuries been led to believe.

Remember Remember the fifth of November

The gunpowder treason and plot

I see no reason why gunpowder treason

Guy Fawkes Guy, 'twas his intent

to blow up king and parliament

Three score barrels were laid below

to prove old England's overthrow

By God's mercy he was catched


GUY FAWKES TRAITOR OR FREEDOM FIGHTER A common phrase is that Fawkes was "the only man to ever enter parliament with honourable intentions."
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Guy Fawkes is most famous for his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which he was placed in charge of executing owing to his military and explosives experience. The plot, masterminded by Robert Catesby, was a failed attempt by a group of English Roman Catholic conspirators to kill King James I of England (VI of Scotland), his family, and most of the aristocracy in one swoop by blowing up the (now demolished) House of Lords building in the Houses of Parliament during its State Opening

See for instance website:
Guy Fawkes, The Gunpowder Plot, Bonfire Night, November 5th.
www.guy-fawkes.com/


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" ARTISTS USE LIES TO REVEAL THE TRUTH. POLITICIANS USE LIES TO CONCEAL THE TRUTH " EVEY IN " V "
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FILM REVIEW & COMMENTARY
V for Vendetta ( 2005)
Directed by James McTeigue

Writing credits
Alan Moore (comic book)
Andy Wachowski (screenplay)

Cast overview, first billed only:

Natalie Portman as “V ‘s ” love interest & protégée Evey Hammond
Hugo Weaving as the dark & mysterious “ V” Stephen Rea as Inspector Eric Finch Stephen Fry as Gordon Deitrich , John Hurt as Chancellor Adam Sutler ( Note: John Hurt played the everyman character Winston Smith in the film “ 1984 ”) Tim Pigott-Smith as Creedy Rupert Graves as Dominic , Roger Allam as Lewis Prothero Ben Miles as Dascomb, Sinéad Cusack as Delia Surridge , Natasha Wightman as Valerie , John Standing as the evil & lecherous Bishop Lilliman , Eddie Marsan as Etheridge
Clive Ashborn as Guy Fawkes ,Emma Field-Rayner as Guy Fawkes Lover

The film V was a revelation for me since it was based upon a graphic novel & so I expected some sort of super hero ala Batman , Spider-man , or the Darkman series or Superman & a comic book style; fun to watch but without much in the way of substance .There are some major or pivotal scenes which are a bit over the top as it were such as in the first big scene when on Guy Fawkes Day V ( Hugo Weaving ) blows up THE OLD old Bailey in London with the 1812 Overture blaring out of loudspeakers positioned throughout the streets of London & the ending with the masses of citizens dressed in the same costume as V as a sign of rebellion & unity against those in power. On the other hand V does not have the powers of a super hero & can be injured & killed by conventional means though he is quite the swordsmen & martial arts expert but more like the Enforcers in the film EQUILIBRIUM .
But much of the film “ V ” is quite realistic & dramatic & disturbing & the intelligent dialogue & analysis combined with great editing & cinematography makes it superiour to the majority of films made in the past few years . It is uncompromising in its vision & refuses to be reduced to mere exploitation & so becomes a work of great artifice . And it does not treat its audience as if they were too simple minded to understand a film filled with ideas & the unraveling of a complicated story .

The basic story is that Britain has become a totalitarian state which is controlled by Neoconservatives & the Radical Christian Right . All those of other faiths Muslims , Hindus Buddhists etc & Humanists & Atheists have been imprisoned , executed , or deported along with
those considered to be “ sexual deviants “ such as Gays & Lesbians. As in George Orwell’s “1984 ” or the astounding & brilliant film Equilibrium( 2002) or Francois Truffault ‘s ( 1966 ) adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s FAHRENHEIT 451 or Jean-Luc Godard’s sci-fi film noir Alphaville( 1965) or Margaret Atwood’s extremely disturbing “ THE HANDMAID’s TALE ( filmed in 1990)“; certain books i.e. the Quran & films & music which are believed to be offensive have been banned .

“ V ” himself was once a prisoner of the state who along with a number of other prisoners was used in experiments for biological warfare but he escaped when the facility he was being held in was blown up . He is therefore, in part out for personal revenge to kill those who abused him, but has also set his sights a bit higher in that he hopes to foster doubt among the British people which may eventually lead to the overthrow of the present regime . ( Ah to dream ...) Anyway V is able to take over the Television studio where Evy works & explains that the New Regime under Chancellor Adam Sutler is the real enemy of the people & not the terrorists & that on the next Guy Fawkes Day he will blow up the Parliament Buildings as Guy Fawkes had intended to do .

The biological weapon developed as a result of these experiments was not used on a foreign enemy but on the people of Britain killing some 80,000 innocent civilians & was described as a terrorist attack on the nation. This event allowed those with a certain agenda to take power & to whittle away at the peoples’ personal freedom all in the name of National Security.
The corporation involved in the development of the biological weapon also developed an antidote which was then sold to the British people on the open market or through Government agencies which made a number of people extremely rich & helped to foster loyalty to the Government & the Pharmaceutical Company & Big Corporations in general who’s intentions are always good or so the people are told & therefore believe. ( There’s a sucker born every minute as Barnum said...)

Part of what adds to the tension & drive of the film is that the story is told from several different perspectives . Besides V ‘s view we also get Evey’s view of things as she comes under the influence of V as he helps her to understand what is at stake since she has made herself numb to everything since she lost her parents & brother because of the Chancellor’s Regime . In order to bring about a change in her attitude V has her “ BLACK-BAGGED ” imprisoned & tortured allowing her to believe she is a prisoner of the Government in power . And to add to this Evey finds a written message hidden in her cell which tells the story of another prisoner who was imprisoned for being a Lesbian & so we get her story of falling in love with another woman & their somewhat idyllic life til the New Regime takes over Britain. . This is told to us in the form of a series of flashbacks as Evey between torture sessions is able to read snatches of the message written on toilet paper .But that prisoner did not survive but is one of the people murdered by the Regime whom V is out to avenge .
When Evey emerges from her cell she is angry with V but his method worked as Even is now convinced that the way things are is not right & must be changed .

The other device which is used to add to the urgency of the story is cutting back & forth from V’s perspective & Evey’s( Natalie Portman) perspective to that of the police detective Inspector Eric Finch (played superbly by Stephen Rea ) who is investigating the bombing of the Old Baily & the attack on the Television station & the murder of several party officials who took part in the Biological experiments & the use of the weapon on the British people. As the police detective follows the various leads he begins to uncover the dark secrets of the New Regime & so becomes conflicted about whom he is to trust & who are the real enemies of the people .

There is also the story of Evey’s boss at the television station Gordon Deitrich( Stephen Fry ) who admits to her that he is Gay & that he owns books music & works of art which are illegal especially as he points out a 14th century copy of the Quran & as we discover later when he is arrested for making fun of the Chancellor on his Television show ala The Daily Show or The Colbert Report etc.; it is expected he might be released til the police discover the copy of the Quran & so Gordon is executed since this is the gravest of offenses .

Another delightful bit if you like is Lewis Prothero who is a journalist on television who is referred to as THE VOICE OF LONDON who was once Commander Prothero in the British military who was in charge of the Biological Experiments & was also major stock holder in the pharmaceuitical company which created the antidote for the Biological weapon developed by the government sounds like connections in the Bush regime to the Carlisle Group ,Haliburton et al. But he seems to be the spokesman for the Regime who shouts out his vile nasty racist bigoted narrow minded view of the world & is a fanatical supporter of THE CHANCELLOR which reminds me of someone like CNN’s Glen Beck or the Bizzaro Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh or the narrow minded racist hate -mongering neocon Tony Blankley who came from Britain & now resides in America & takes up a seat on the Mclaughlin Group on PBS
for instance recently wrote ; “Thus over time world opinion may weaken American will to defend itself against the amorphous but deadly Islamist virus.” Here for instance as Hitler called the Jews “ VERMIN” he refers to Islam as a virus something therefore needing to be wiped out.

This attack on the Quran & Islam in particular is a jab at the present ruling Regimes in Britain Canada & the United States as all three nations become hostage to the Neoconservatives & the Radical Christian Right . Since it appears that George Bush’s glib remark about the necessity of a Crusade against the Terrorists i.e. read Islam & Arabs etc. just after 9/11 is now to be taken quite seriously after what has been happening in Iraq , Palestine & Lebanon since according to the Bush Regime all Iraqis & all Lebanese & Muslims are the enemy even infants who one day might grow up to be terrorists . Again so much for Christian forgiveness & mercy & brotherly Love. .The situation in the Mideast also moves us into an era of perpetual war as Leo Strauss envisioned it as a way to maintain control of the populace & as The Chancellor’s Regime in this film also does as Big Brother also did in Orwell’s “ 1984 ”.

In the film there are also a number of references made to the present tactics & strategy & ultimate goals of the Bush regime . For example there is mention of the creation of new phrases & words as a way to make the actions seem more benign & acceptable i.e. “ Renditions ” & “ Black-Bagging ” ( kidnaping or disappearing people; being arrested without being charged & kept incommunicado for years etc. ) “Collateral Damage ” (the shooting or blowing up of civilians as just part of war ) “ Interrogation ” ( read torture ); “Treason ” & “ National Security ” so that anyone who questions the goals or tactics or the claims made by the government are enemies of the Regime , The State & The People while those in the Media in the film are depicted as the Regime’s spokespersons & Propagandists who sell whatever lies the Government tells them to which is how much of the so called Free-Press & media are acting at the present time not just in the United States but also in Britain & even in our own country Canada & the so-called opposition parties are not much better witness Hilary Clinton of the Democratic Party in the USA as she too beats the War-drums spews vile hatred against Palestine & Lebanon & makes excuses for the WAR CRIMES being committed daily by the Israeli Regime.

In the same way The Bush Regime under the guidance of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Karl Rove & Condi Rice have used 9/11 to push ahead with their Neoconservative & Radical Religious Right agenda to make America into a Theocracy supported by the absurdly wealthy who have little regard for the Ideals as stated in the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE or The BILL OF RIGHTS or THE CONSTITUTION & the Separation of Powers & The Separation of Church & State etc.

But as I said the movie offers a glimmer of hope whereas in our present situation there is little hope & it seems it is just more of the same & business as usual as we move day by day into a society that is less & less compassionate or understanding of those who are different from ourselves . Differences & Dissidence as in the former Soviet Union are not to be encouraged or tolerated.



see review at FILM FORCE
V For Vendetta
Review: A bold, subversive thriller that should both please audiences and fuel post-film debate.
by Jeff Otto
http://filmforce.ign.com/

Also see:
Welcome to the V for Vendetta Shrine!
www.shadowgalaxy.net/Vendetta/vmain

And:
www.alanmoorefansite.com

see www.IMDB.com for info & reviews of films mentioned


Also see:
World opinion managing the mind of a hostile world
By Tony Blankley
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
www.townhall.com/

see:
www.rushlimbaugh.com/
www.anncoulter.com/
www.glennbeck.com/


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This film after almost forty years has retained a powerful impact on the viewer. It brings to mind the vexing question of when is a violent revolution or insurrection the only appropriate response to a tyrannical status quo.

IF...1968 Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Christine Noonan, Richard Warwick, David Wood, Mary Macleod


Lindsay Anderson's film "IF..." is set in an English boarding school. Mick Travis played by Malcolm Mcdowell, who is in his junior year rebels againgst the system & the status quo asserting his own indivuality in a system that awards complete & absolute conformity . But as the headmaster points out to Mick in a funny scene that the school does allow for some individual differences such as boys who let their hair grow longer than the other boys which the headmaster sees as a big deal but Mick sees as trivial & superficial. In the 1960 to alot of people this initself was a big deal. When the length of one's hair or the color of a shirt or tie is a big deal how do you convince others about more substantive & profound & far reaching changes.For instance disagreeing with the way society is organized or rejecting the values of the society in which we live or with government policies domestic or foreign. The headmaster & others at the school & the Colonel who speaks at the assembly at the end of the movie can not tolerate any other view of the world than their own & that of the ruling class i.e. my country right or wrong or our international cororations right or wrong.

The movie expresses the frustration of those who want to change society ,in their view , for the better. Since those in power are so entrenched in their view of the world the situation seems almost impossible to change. So the film ends with Mick Travis & his friends arming themselves & killing not just the soldiers & faculty but everyone innocent or guilty. To Mick they are all guilty.

But some people were & are offended by the violent apocalyptic ending even though it is meant as a form of fantasy or wish fulfillment. Its point is to disturb the audience especially those who are the main target of the film's satire. The warning is that if some of the legitimate concerns of the students in the film & of those pouring into the streets of Paris & all over University campuses in the U.S. & Britain elsewhere at the time were not addressed seriously & some sort of compromise were not found then the next step might be violent revolution that would probably not be in anyone's best interest. At the time the threat was perceived as quite real especially by the most conservative elements in society . In a way one might see the ending as the paranoid fears & fantasies of the conservatives coming true. The film does not offer up some sort of simple answer; for what lay ahead in the future would be difficult for all concerned.


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The fact that "IF..." is the first part of a trilogy of films about Mick Travis gives support to the idea that the violent ending is a fantasy sequence.

And as the entry below from THE BBC website on Lindsay Anderson by Tony Fords Curtis points out about the film" IF...":

"In this icy ode to rites of passage, Anderson paints a scathing portrait of the English private school system, using it as a thinly disguised metaphor for society in Britain as a whole. O Lucky Man! (1972), the second in the trilogy, starts with Travis taking on a new job as a coffee salesman. This job eventually leads Travis into a series of encounters with the military and medical establishments, the industrial hierarchy and, finally, the media in the shape of a director (played by Anderson himself), looking for a star for the film we have just been watching. The final part of Mick's journey, Britannia Hospital, is a nightmarishly comic indictment of the British medical system of the 1980s, whose decay is again representative of society as a whole. One theme which runs throughout these films is the vision of Mick as he cavorts and lurches through a modern England, characterised by absurdity and decay."

See: BBC - h2g2 - Lindsay Anderson - Director

It is difficult to find all three films for rental but they have been shown on The Independent Film Channel (IFC) & check out your Litle Art Film Theatres if there are any in your neck of the woods they might show them sometime or even make a request.

Anyway that's it from me,
GORD.

Missing by Costas Gavras 1982
a film about the American backed coup in Chile 1973 ousting President Allende by General Pinochet to protect American Interests as usual.
added by steve2000a Music of Vangelis for end credits. End Credits/Finale (Missing) Music by Vangelis



Missing is a profoundly disturbing political film based on a true story. Very little is exaggerated as the Neocons & the Religious Right and their fascist friends have claimed. Most Neocons and other twisted patriots American or Canadian believe such a film should have never been shown in theatres. They see it as a subversive anti-American and therefore anti-capitalist and anti-Christian and anti-Western film. They see nothing at all wrong with executing unarmed students, professors, scholars, musicians, artists, journalists, poets, novelists, social workers and all community activists and other so called agitators or free thinkers.

As film Missing is one of the truly great films like Citizen Kane . It is a mater piece of editing which turns what could have been a rather obvious piece of politicing or as a political biopic. Instead Gavras has turned the story into a mystery in which we are given clues along the way from Flashbacks and flashbacks within flashbacks. The director uses some great bits of juxtapositioning such as a crowd of rich people at a party singing along to the pop song my ding-a-ling as we hear gunshots and then the well to do go out on a balcony and applaud a general and soldiers who pass by on the street - possibly it is General Pinochet himself. Or a night scene in which soldiers are shooting people who are out after curfew - suddenly a white stallion is being chased by soldiers in a jeep shooting using a 50 calibre machine gun. It is a world turned topsy-turvy where the madmen are running the asylum.

From: trauld at YouTube Missing by Costas Gavras 1982 (part 1 ) the rest is available at YouTube Spreading American Values. Missing is the story of a young America caught up in th Military Coup in Chile. General Pinochet backed by the American government and the American people and the complicity of much of the West overthrew the legally elected and popular President Allende. But even thirty five years later one will get hate e-mail just for mentioning it. America more often than not supports the anti-democratic forces in favor of friendly fascist or authoritarian regimes. Americans prefer to drink the Kool-Aid rather than face the truth. they prefer ignorance . They rationalize this by claiming all true Americans are patriots who would not dare question their government, the CIA, the Pentagon - Missing part 1.

This next clip is a pivotal scene at the end of the film.

After being lied to again and again by officials they finally reveal that his son was executed . Mr. Horman /Jack Lemmon sheds his old self & his view that America could do no wrong. He is a typical American who is patriotic and believes in his country. Now he knows what those in power in America are capable. They gave the order to have his son arrested, tortured and executed because he knew too much . Should those who order such actions be treated any better ???
Missing (part 12 ) Costas Gavras


LUIS BUNUEL SURREALIST FILM MAKER & PSYCHOLOGICAL SABOTEUR


FROM LUIS BUNUEL'S FILM "UN CHIEN ANDALOU" 1928
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FROM LUIS BUNUEL'S FILM "UN CHIEN ANDALOU" 1928
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PICTURE OF LUIS BUNUEL(1900-1983) BY SALVADOR DALI
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"God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed." - Luis Buñuel

"Thank God I'm an atheist." - Luis Buñuel

"Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether." - Luis Buñuel

"You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing." - Luis Buñuel

Here are some bits about the truly great & influential Spanish surrealist film director Luis Buñuel ( 1900-1983) which I picked up on the Net.
He began making films in 1928 & made his last film in 1977.

His films can be funny shocking & disturbing. My favourite Buñuel films are The Exterminating Angel ,The Phantom of Liberty ,The Milky Way & The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie & Mexican Busride.

Referring to the images above:

“ A man. A woman. A knife. An eye. A moon. A cloud.

The man slices open the woman's eye as a cloud slices across the moon.

Describing this opening scene in words, of course, cannot do justice to its visual ferocity. More than one viewer has stood up and departed the theater after this visual assault.

Luis Buñuel, in collaboration with the painter Salvador Dali made Un Chien Andalou in 1928. The film has been hailed as

"one of the purest examples of Surrealist cinema." (P. Adams Sitney)

" The opening scene described above is a classic of film history. Its meaning has been discussed, dissected and even desiccated in the halls of academe by well meaning but tired film sophists.


The initial seeds of surrealism begin to grow. You have to admire the temerity of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali to create this piece of material circa 1928, when it was going to cause an outrage in that taboo period. Buñuel allegedly took stones to the premiere to throw at the critics. The film opens with Buñuel in the infamous scene where he slashes the eyeball of a woman with a razorblade. After this initial disturbing image, the rest of the film has other dreamlike sequences, which cannot be easily explained. But it's a very accomplished piece of film making - well crafted, and displayed the promise of Buñuel and set him on the road to his legendary career. A magnificent landmark and watershed of artistic film making. "

" His first two films were made in collaboration with the painter Salvador Dali and both caused an uproar on release. Un Chien Andalou in 1928 and L'Age D'Or in 1930, both displayed dreamlike sensationalist images, that were designed to shock and startle the audience. They did just that, and L'Age D'Or was banned for forty-nine years.

Bunuel ‘s films depict "the irrational, the irreverent, the unexpected, and the non-sequitur."



FROM LUIS BUNUEL'S " PHANTOM OF LIBERTY" 'DINNER IS SERVED ???'
(eating is done in private ,defecating is a communal event)
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His roots have always been in surrealism and savaging the bourgeoisie and religion. His later films were less outrageous, but were always scathing. The Exterminating Angel and The Phantom of Liberty being good examples."


FROM LUIS BUNUEL'S "PHANTOM OF LIBERTY" I like to shoot people from this building
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From Cosmic Baseball Association
/www.cosmicbaseball.com/ 
Luis Buñuel- The Eye of the Beholder

From:
chaotic cinema
/sarahbyte.f2s.com/bunuel.
& there is a Free download available on this site of “un chien andalou “ mpg/ full length movie
/dmoz.org/Arts/Movies/Filmmaking

AND :

strictly film school
www.filmref.com/

" Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), was born in Spain and grew up in Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon. Buñuel became involved while at the University of Madrid with an avant guard circle that included Federico Garcia Lorca, Salvador Dali, and Morena Villa, who were inspired by the surrealist movement that had emerged in France. While studying film and working as an assistant, Buñuel collaborated with Dali, an irreverent surrealist agitator, to produce the highly experimental work, Un Chien andalou (1928). 

When the Spanish Civil War began, Buñuel found it necessary to flee Spain for America. Unfortunately, that largely side-tracked Buñuel’s career, since the only opportunity that opened up to him in America was work on military documentaries and Spanish-language versions of Hollywood films. His career was later revitalized when he moved to Mexico in the 1950’s."

Just a film you say but at the time it was seen as an affront to society & as spreading dangerous views which could undermine the authority of the Church & the State. So ...

"When Buñuel’s great surrealist masterpiece premiered in Paris in November of 1930, it caused a riot. Outraged Fascists threw bottles of ink at the screen, released stink bombs, and fired guns into the air. Later, paintings by some of the surrealists, including Ray, Ernst, and Dali, were destroyed in galleries."


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FROM PETER GREENAWAY'S "ZOO: A ZED & TWO NOUGHTS" CAR CRASHES INTO A SWAN 
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Though Surrealism in film was pioneered by Buñuel it was not exclusive to Buñuel for his influence on other film makers included directors such as Ingmar Bergman’s THE SEVENTH SEAL , Stanley Kubrick’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE & DR.STRANGELOVE, Ken Russell’s ALTERED STATES & GOTHIC, David Lynch’S ERASERHEAD & LOST HIGHWAY, or Peter Greenaway’S
A ZOO: A ZED & TWO NOUGHTS



FROM TERRY GILLIAM'S "BRAZIL"
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OPENING SHOT TERRY GILLIAM'S "BRAZIL"
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BRAZIL - Terry Gilliam  


PHOTO FROM DAVID LYNCH'S SURREAL FILM "ERASERHEAD "(1978)
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"I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable." - David Lynch

SCENE FROM DAVD LYNCH'S " TV SERIES TWIN PEAKS "(1990)
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"Curtains are both hiding and revealing. Sometimes it's so beautiful that they're hiding, it gets your imagination going. But in the theatre, when the curtains open, you have this fantastic euphoria, that you're going to see something new, something will be revealed." DAVID LYNCH

POSTER FOR DAVID LYNCH'S FILM "LOST HIGHWAY"(1997)
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" Film can do amazing things with abstraction, but it rarely gets a chance. People are treated like idiots, and people are not idiots." DAVID LYNCH

Some people just don't get David Lynch's films just a matter of temperment or sensibility it cann't be helped. Others just don't like his films . Some think they are too violent or nasty revealing the underbelly of our society. But that's ok. I love some of his films. When I first saw ERASER HEAD it blew me away. It was startling ,bizarre,shocking the baby grossed me out. But it kept me glued to the screen. Other films of his I thought were great include WILD AT HEART, BLUE VELVET & LOST HIGHWAY. At their best they are psychological puzzles but they are always interesting & intriguing. They are at times like watching a car crash you cann't look away. 

And here's David Lynch on LOST HIGHWAY:

It's about a man in trouble...a psychogenic fugue is the type of trouble."
"And it's maybe beautifully uneasy."

"It's about a condition, a human sort of condition. How people can become in trouble, mentally."

"The film deals with time; it starts at one place and moves forward or backwards, or stands still, relatively speaking. But, time marches on and films compact time, or prolong time in different ways. There are sequences built with time in mind, as is the music."

"Lost Highway is not really a film about dreams. The film is a product of two years of work, and it has to be a certain way. It took a long time to be correct. It's a depressing thought to even try to put that into a sentence."

"Barry Gifford, wrote a book, called Night People. Two characters mention going down the lost highway, and when I read those words; lost, and highway, um, it made me dream, and it suggested possibilities and I told that to Barry and he said, "Well, let's write something." And, uh, that started the ball rolling."

"...and I said to Barry, "I love those two words together we should make something called Lost Highway. The phrase had a lot of potential for me. The unknown was suddenly pulling me in and I was ready to go into another world. It became about mood and those kinds of things that can only happen at night. It held promise and intrigue and mystery." 

Just hearing or reading comments by David Lynch is entertaning in itself he speaks in such an elusive & at times enigmatic manner.

David Lynch On ERASERHEAD:

"The whole film is undercurrents of sort of subconscious ... You know, and it kind of wiggles around in there, and it's how it strikes each person. It definitely means something to me, but I don't want to to talk about that. It means other things to other people, and that's great."

"In Eraserhead, there are a lot of openings and you go into areas and it's all...There're sort of like rules you kind of go by to keep that feeling kind of open and I don't know, it's real important to it. It's more like a poem or a .... more abstract, even though it has a story. It's like an experience."

"Eraserhead was born in Philadelphia."

"It was a strange life. For the first time I really lived beneath the surface. I was never aware of anything normal. I was only aware of this world of fear and art. I lived inside that cocoon of fear."

"I had a very happy childhood. These things in Eraserhead come from somewhere unseen; it's not a surface kind of thing... If it's from my own life, I don't see it. It's from so far inside, hidden, that it can only come out in an idea, which kind of balloons out. I don't know where it comes from."

mainly from website 
THE CITY OF ABSURDITY
www.thecityofabsurdity.com

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