Friday, December 05, 2014

Buenos Aires/ Argentina (MNBA, MALBA, Fernández Blanco)



Pictures taken by A/Z (for more pictures see here).
"Thus, where shall we put Isis, favouring nymph of corn as she was? As the type of motherhood? As the moon? As the great goddess Earth? As Nature? As the Cosmic Egg from which all Nature sprang? For as time and place have changed, so she is all of these!"
Aleister Crowley (Liber 777)
"Y sonrían los sibaritas ingleses, casi todos lectores de Hegel, cuando se hundan en el argentino bife." 
Lezama Lima

Netherlands (Amsterdam, Utrecht) plus Peter Greenaway




pictures by A/Z (for more, see here);
from Peter Greenaway's Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2012);
Peter Greenaway on Creative Activity, Eros, Thanatos (& your gramma);
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"For just as the beating is not only punishment for guilt but also a source of pleasure, every other element is similarly ruled by this wild ambivalence, this simultaneous holding of two wholly contrary positions... the peculiar temporality of the matrix... the meanings of all the stages remain suspended within it, in the form of a 'but also'..." (Rosalind Krauss, The Optical Unconscious).
"... Malevich may have reversed the process of dealing with higher dimensional figures by means of their sections of one less dimension. Instead, he may have thought of his colored forms as symbols for three-dimensional bodies moving in a new direction and thus creating both four-dimensional solids and four-dimensional space..." (Linda Henderson, The Fourth Dimension).
"A third way in which hyperspace philosophy may have influenced Malevich... relates to their new, gravity-free space... there is no longer a horizon to establish an up-down orientation... Ouspensky describes infinity as... 'the abyss, the bottomless pit into which the mind falls, after having risen to heights to which it is not native'... a November 1917 letter [from Malevich] to Matyushin states 'I saw myself in space hidden among the points and colored strips, there, in the middle of them, I depart in the abyss..." (Linda Henderson, The Fourth Dimension).
"... quarks and leptons acquire mass in a very similar fashion to the weak gauge bosons... [they] interact with the Higgs field distributed throughout space and are therefore also hindered by the universe's weak charge... [they] acquire mass by bouncing off the Higgs charge distributed everywhere throughout spacetime..." (Lisa Randall, Warped Passages).
"Human life is oppressed by internal causes (both physical and moral) as well as by external factors. It is necessary to fight against both. All that can help us to understand the evils of oppression is useful  to present and future. Therefore it is essential to demonstrate that plastic art can help to clarify this evil... Art is the aesthetic establishment of complete life (unity and equilibrium) free from all oppression..." (Mondrian, as quoted in Charles Harrison's 'Abstraction').
"Man, as the appearance of utmost internality, of spirit, does not posses any point in front, at the side or the back, no fixed point at all towards which he could define a dimension. This explains why in expressing the spiritual, in making spirit an artifact, he will be forced to a moto-stereometric form of expression. This moto-stereometric form of expression represents the appearance of a 4-n dimensional world in a world of three dimensions" (Theo van Doesburg, as quoted in Linda Henderson's The Fourth Dimension).
"Dada completely negates the generally acknowledged duality of matter and mind, woman and man, and in so doing creates the 'point of indifference', a point beyond man's understanding of time and space. For this reason Dada is able to mobilize the optical and dimensional static viewpoint which kept us imprisoned in our (three-dimensional) illusions" (Theo van Doesburg, as quoted in Linda Henderson's The Fourth Dimension).
"The sensation that demands you sit, lie, stand is first of all a plastic sensation that elicits commensurate plastic forms, therefore, the chair, bed, and table are not utilitarian phenomena but only plastic ones, otherwise the artist cannot sense them" (Kazimir Malevich, The World as Objectlessness, Hatje Cantz, 2014).

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Umberto Eco about Nietzsche (& deconstruction)

Sarebbe la definizzione più giusta del pensiero nietzchiano, worth of Kauffmann, Deleuze e Klossowski insième:
"Certamente Nietzsche avverte l'esistenza di costrizioni naturali... Le costrizioni gli appaiono come 'forze terribili' che premono continuamente su di noi, contrapponendo alle verità 'scientifiche' altre verità di natura diversa; ma evidentemente rifiuta di riconoscerle concettualizzandole a loro volta, visto che è stato per sfuggire a esse che ci saremmo costruiti, quale difesa, l'armatura concettuale. Il cambiamento è possibile, ma non come ristrutturazione, bensì come rivoluzione poetica permanente..." Umberto Eco, Dall'Albero al Labirinto (Milano: Bompiani, 2007, p. 586).
***It is probably true, on the other hand, that Umberto Eco only flirted with truly deconstructionist and more "metaphysical" enterprises (no matter how much he understood them). In Opera aperta there is a tension between historicist and "structural" approaches, but he is much more inclined towards the former than towards the latter (he had to dissociate himself from the structuralism of Lévi-Strauss, and proved to be very wary about Mallarmé; see the IX edizione, Bompiani, 2013, p. VIII, 22, 47-49). The situation changed a little in later books, but it seems to me that Haroldo de Campos, for instance, was able to be much more explicit in his openness to Derrida's project.
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Other interesting & most useful comments on Nietzsche: 


"... the most inimical critic of the saintly impulses whom I know is Nietzsche..."
Willian James (The Varieties of Religious Experience)
"Indeed, in the entire history of modern thought, only Marx and Nietzsche have so openly and provocatively repudiated almost the entire belief-system of the society around them, as Spinoza..."
Jonathan Israel (Radical Enlightenment) 
"Nietzsche never totally rejected historical criticism [but he did partially at least!], nor did he ever defend the unrestricted validity of 'suprahistorical' projects."
Jörg Salaquarda

"What does Nietzsche say about system? In one of his last writings, Twilight of the Idols, written in the fall of 1888 in Sils-Maria, the first section bears the title "Sayings and Arrows." Number 26 reads: "I distrust all system-makers and avoid them. The will to a system is a lack of uprightness."
Heidegger (study of Schelling's treatise on human freedom)

"The distinction between the god and his devotees is surpassed in the frenzy of the Dionysian rites. The inadequacy of the distinction between disciple and god is evident in Euripides’ Bacchae where Dionysus in fact appears in the disguise of his followers… So when towards the end of his life Nietzsche at times signs his letters ‘Dionysus,’ this is a confusion that is characteristic of devotees of Dionysus and of tragic theatre."
"In Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche says: ‘Every artist arrives at the ultimate pinnacle of his greatness only when he comes to see himself and his art beneath him — when he knows how to laugh at himself... The musical dissonance that Nietzsche says in The Birth of Tragedy will accompany the rebirth of tragedy has been heard in the songs of part IV. In the end, Zarathustra announce that his work is about to begin." 
Walter Brogan (Zarathustra: the tragic figure of the last philosopher)

"When Nietzsche... discovered Dostoievsky’s Notes from Undergournd, he instantly recognized a matchless psychologist..."
"In one of the best books yet written about Nietzsche, Jaspers tells us that the true alternative to merely nipping here and there in Nietzsche’s works and notes consists in nowhere being satisfied until we have 'also found the contradiction'... Nietzsche’s style makes impossible the systematic approach which is usually adopted in the study of other thinkers. The elusive quality of this style, which is so characteristic of Nietzsche’s way of thinking and writing, might be called monadologic to crystallize the tendency of each aphorism to be self-sufficient while yet throwing light on almost every other aphorism..." 
"The result is less a solution of the initial problem than a realization of its limitations: typically, the problem is not solved but ‘outgrown’. C. G. Jung has developed a strikingly similar notion on the basis of his psychoanalytical practice... the normal and healthy way of dealing with psychical problem is ‘overgrowing’ them (überwachsen)..."
"Heine, whom Nietzsche admired fervently..."
"The 'Dionysus' in the Dionysus versus Apollo of Nietzsche’s first book and the 'Dionysus versus the Crucified' in the last line of Nietzsche’s last book do not mean the same thing. The later Dionysus is the synthesis of the two forces represented by Dionysus and Apollo in the The Birth of Tragedy — and thus Goethe, certainly not an anti-Apollinian, can appear in one of Nietzsche’s last books as the perfect representative of what is now called Dionysian."
"... Rousseau serves Nietzsche as the representative of the dangers of the Dionysiac frenzy."
"... there is a sense in which Plato’s thought and Buonarotti’s sculptures are non plus ultra — and their full appreciation would, as it were, 'reveal all' ... so viewed, the history of Western philosophy is indeed — in Whitehead’s phrase — a series of footnotes to Plato..."
"None of Nietzsche’s reasons purports to refute the doctrine of the resurrection, nor does Nietzsche argue about that point at all."
"In his few references to Calvin, Nietzsche invariably refers to his fanatical 'cruelty,' which he infers less form the burning of Sevetus than from Calvin’s doctrines of predestination and eternal damnation..."
"Nietzsche does not condemn Geist and the passion for truth..."
Walter Kaufmann (his book on Nietzsche is insightful and very useful as a whole)

"Un phénomène n'est pas une apparence ni même une apparition, mais un signe..."
"... selon Nietzsche, la plus haute question de la philosophie... 'que-est-ce que la justice?'"
"... on dit que le devenir affirme l'être, ou que l'être s'affirme dans le devenir... Revenir est l'être de ce qui devient. Revenir est l'être du devenir lui-même..."
"... s'il y a jamais eu un chaos des forces, c'est que le chaos était éternel et a reparu dans tous les cycles."
"Ce jeu d'images chaos-feu-constellation rassemble tous les éléments du mythe de Dionysos... Nietzsche rêve d'une machine à feu toute différente de la machine à vapeur."
"... un sens renvoie à l'élément différentiel d'où dérive sa signification, comme les valeurs renvoient à l'élément différentiel d'où dérive leur valeur... élément toujours présent, mais aussi toujours implicite et caché..."
"L'idée mallarméene du théâtre, les célèbres correspondances et équations entre 'drame', 'mystère', 'hymne', 'héros' témoignent d'une réflexion comparable en apparence à celle de l'Origine de la tragédie..." 
"... le sprit de vengeance est le principe dont notre psychologie dépende."
"tragique = joyeux"
"Nietzsche critique Darwin, parce que celui-ci interprète l'évolution, et même le hasard dans l'évolution, d'une manière toute réactive. Il admire Lamarck, parce que Lamarck a pressenti l'existence d'une force plastique vraiment active..."
"... la qualité est ce qu'il y a d'inégalisable dans la quantité..."
"... il y a une subjectivité de l'univers qui, précisément, n'est plus anthropomorphique mais cosmique."
"Le concept de synthèse est au centre du kantisme... On réclamait un principe qui ne fût pas seulement conditionnant par rapport aux objets, mais vraiment génétique et producteur [Maïmon]."
"L'action et la réaction ne sont pas dans un rapport de succession, mais de coexistence dans l'origine elle-même."
"Spinoza voulait qu'à toute quantité de force correspondît un pouvoir d'être affecté... la volonté de puissance est [pour Nietzsche] la forme affective primitive."
"... ce qui semble de toute façon appartenir à la science, et aussi à la philosophie, c'est le goût de substituer aux rapports réels de forces un rapport abstrait qui est censé les exprimer tous, comme une 'mesure.'"
"Une symptomatologie, puisqu'elle interprète les phénomènes, traitant comme des symptômes, dont il faut chercher le sens dans des forces qui les produisent. Une typologie, puisqu'elle interprète les forces elles-mêmes du point de vue de leur qualité, actif ou réactif. Une généalogie, puisqu'elle évalue l'origine des forces du point de vue de leur noblesse ou de leur bassesse..."
"Un type est précisément constitué par la qualité de la volonté de puissance, par la nuance de cette qualité et par le rapport de forces correspondant."
"On ne saurait trop insister sur le point suivant: combien les notions de lutte, de guerre, de rivalité ou même de comparaison sont étrangères à Nietzsche et à sa conception de la volonté de puissance."
"C'est le même monde qui est sensible et supra-sensible."
"Beaucoup de phénomènes ne peuvent s'interpréter que comme exprimant ce triomphe pesant des forces réactives. N'est-ce pas le cas du phénomène humain dans son ensemble?"
"La généalogie de la morale a voulu refaire la Critique de la raison pure. Paralogisme de l'âme, antinomie du monde, mystification de l'ideal..."
"Ce qu'on oppose à la raison, c'est la pensée elle-même."
"La bêtise... on connaît des pensées imbéciles, des discours imbéciles, qui sont faits tout entiers de vérités; mas ces vérités sont basses, sont celles d'une âme basse, lourde et de plomb."
"La philosophie ne sert pas à l'Etat ni à l'Eglise, qui ont d'autres soucis. Elle ne sert aucune puissance établie. La philosophie sert à attrister."
"Le philosophe forme des concepts qui ne sont ni éternels ni historiques, mais intempestifs et inactuels."
"La culture, selon Nietzsche, est essentiellement dressage et sélection."
"Ressentiment désigne un type où les forces réactives l'emportent sur les forces actives."
"Normal ici ne signifie pas fréquent, mais au contraire normatif e rare."
"Le tort de la psychologie fut de traiter l'oubli comme une détermination négative, de et pas en découvrir le caractère actif et positif."
"Le triomphe des forces réactives n'est pas un accident dans l'histoire, mais le principe et le sens de l'histoire universelle."
"Dionysos est un Dieu... Nietzsche ne cesse pas de dire qu'il y a des dieux actifs et affirmatifs, des religions actives et affirmatives. Toute sélection implique une religion... il faut reconnaître à quel point Christ manquait de ressentiment, de mauvaise conscience..."
"La volonté de puissance ne doit pas être interprétée psychologiquement..."
"... le nihilisme n'est pas un événement dans l'histoire, mais le moteur de l'histoire de l'homme..."
"'Dieu est mort' n'est pas une proposition spéculative, mais une proposition dramatique..."
"Minuit, qui ne se définit pas chez Nietzsche par un équilibre ou une réconciliation des contraires, mais par une conversion... C'est en passant par le dernier des hommes, mais en allant au-delà..."
"L'âne ne sait pas dire non; mais d'abord il ne sait pas dire o au nihilisme lui-même."
"... affirmer l'affirmation elle-même, voilà ce qui dépasse les forces de l'homme."
"Le couple divin, Dionysos-Ariane."
"Tout l'histoire de Zarathoustra tient das ses rapports avec le nihilisme, c'est-à-dire ave le démon. Le démon est l'esprit du négatif..."
Gilles Deleuze (Nietzsche et la philosophie; les livres de Deleuze sur Nietzsche sont perhaps les plus insightful)

"Nietzsche, sujet à des variations valétudinaires... des degrés de hausses et de chutes d'intensité."
"Il peut sembler absurde de donner les textes successifs de Nietzsche comme autant de 'céphalalgies' inversées en paroles..."
"... en réalité, c'est seulement la totale déréliction qui m'a permis de découvrir mes propres sources de salut..." [lettre à Malwida von Meysenbug, 14 janvier 1880]
"Qui observerait secrètement la manière dont je sais réunir les soins que j'apporte à ma guérison avec les conditions favorables à mes grandes tâches, ne laisserait pas de me louer" [letre à sa mère, Sils-Maria, mi-juillet 1881]
"Cette concurrence dissolvante des forces somatiques et spirituelles, Nietzsche l'éprouve longuement e la surveille passionnément."
"... il aspire à une décentralisation (donc à une ubiquité)..."
"... le fil conducteur du corpos... il cherche à tenir ce fil d'Ariane dans le labyrinthe que les impusions décrivent selon les alternances de ses états valétudinaires."
"... la mémoire se détache enfin du moi cérébral..."
"Le Soi enfin n'est dans le corps, qu'une extrémité prolongée du Chaos... Le Selbst, pour Nietzsche, est donc à double sens: d'une part, c'est, moralement parlant, la Selbstsucht (l'avidité de soi que l'on traduit par erreur comme 'égoïsme'), d'autre part, c'est la force, inconsciente à la conscience cérébrale, qui obéit à une raison cachée."
"Nietzsche soupçonne par-delà l'intellect (cérébral) un intellect infiniment plus vaste que celui que se confond avec notre conscience... 'le processus digestif c'est le jeu synthétique de plusieurs intellects!... Je croirais plutôt qu'il existe des êtres éternellement organiques.'"
"Supprimer le monde vrai c'était aussi supprimer le monde des apparences — et avec ceux-ci derechef supprimer les notions de conscience et d'inconscience — le dehors et le dedans."
"... l'acte de penser correspond à une passivité..."
"Nietzsche retient le terme d'affect — cela pour rendre leur autonomie aux forces qui, subordonnées à l'unité fallacieuse du suppôt, la modifient et la rendent mouvante et fragile."
"Nietzsche veut établir une cohésion nouvelle par-delà le suppôt entre le 'corps' — et le Chaos."
"'je me sustenterai moi-même au sein d'un calme inébranlable!'" [lettre à Gast, Sils-Maria, 14 Août 1881]
"... la révélation de l'Éternel Retour apporte comme nécessité les réalisations successives de toutes les identités possibles..."
"... je désactualise mon mois actuel à me vouloir dans tous les autres moi dot la série doit être parcourue pour que, suivant le mouvement circulaire, je redevienne ce que je suis à l'instante  où je découvre la loi de l'Éternel Retour... Rien étant ici le Cercle une fois pour toutes... il n'est pas possible que ceci ne m'ait pas déjà été révélé d'innombrables fois sous d'autres formes peut-être: mais je l'ai oublié... des mouvants abîmes..."
"Les hautes tonalités nietzschéennes ont trouvé leur expression immédiate dans la forme aphoristique... les Stimmungen s'épanoissent jusqu'en des physionomies fabuleuses... l'univers n'étant qu'un perpétuel se fuir soi-même... Dionysus, affabulation de l'être..."
"Rien n'existe en dehors de impulsions essentiellement génératrices de phantasmes."
"Ramener l'intention humaine à l'intensité des forces, génératrices de phantasmes, telle est la fonction du simulacre."
"... ce fut une erreur jusqu'à présent de traiter l'espèce humaine comme suppôt unique de l'existence."
"Nietzsche ressent que la sélection darwiniste conspire avec la grégarité en présentant les êtres médiocres comme des êtres forts... Il faut donc que le fond insignifiant de l'existence prévale sur le progrès 'raisonnable'..."
"L'Éternel Retour... constitue l'événement qui abolit l'histoire: le royaume est déjà parmi vous..."
"... l'industrialisme n'est ni le triomphe des  cas singuliers, ni le triomphe des médiocres, mais simplement une nouvelle forme totalement a-morale de la grégarité."
"Au lendemain de cette nuit, le petit Joseph est pris soudain de malaises et de crampes, et meurt en peu d'heures."
"Mon père mort me fait entendre la musique."
"A-t-il Nietzsche senti une telle complexité de l'existence que sa notion de décadence lui semblait par elle-même appauvrissante?"
"... est-ce que l'on ne devrait pas croire en Dieu, non pas parce qu'il n'est pas vrai, mais parce qu'il est faux?" [phrase de Nietzsche traduit par Klossowski qui rappelle le malin génie de Descartes, valorisé aussi par Derrida]
"Et que de dieux sont encore possibles! Je ne douterais point  de l'existence de toutes sortes de dieux..."
"Le cas fortuit n'est ici l'expression d'autre chose que d'une justice."
"Tout artiste autentique a la conscience de produire dans ce qui est le faux, soit, le simulacre. Wagner cependant prétend être un réformateur, un philosophe régénérateur..."
"La masque cache l'absence d'une physionomie déterminée — recouvre la relation avec l'imprévisible et l'insondable Chaos."
"Toutefois il me semble que, au gré de toute la loyauté de votre esprit, vous avez quelque peu flatté le type du criminel... Vous jugerez de l'état de notre intelligence au fait que l'on a voulu m'interner à l'asile à cause de ma tragédie..." [Strindberg a Nietzsche, fin novembre 1888]
"Comme il n'y a plus aucun hasard dans ma vie, vous n'êtes, par conséquent, non plus un hasard."  [Nietzsche à August Strindberg, Turin, le 7 décembre 1888]
"Non plus César, mais le Crucifié..."
"Par Nietzsche s'exprime une double théophanie. Toutefois la tension même qu'elle exige ne semble jamais exclure la conscience de l'énormité qui consiste à se donner soudain tantôt pour Dionysos, tantôt pour le Crucifié... il semble que Nietzsche n'ait jamais été plus lucide que durant ces dernières journées de Turin..."
"L'extraordinaire richesse de 'sens' qui joue de façon chatoyante dans la dernière lettre à Burckhardt...  l' envers de la mort de Dieu: du royaume  du Ciel..."
"... l'un des tout derniers fragments, en partie mutilé, déclare que ses alliés naturels sont les officiers et les banquiers juifs..."
"Il faut croire que depuis toujours cette coïncidence du phantasme et du signe existait."
"Nietzsche assimile à la volonté de puissance... les formes cohérentes du classicisme..."
Pierre Klossowski (Nietzsche et le cercle vicieux; this work is perhaps even more insightful than Deleuze's; Klossowski was present in the famous Colloque de Rayaumont sur Nietzsche, he is acknowledged as a main influence over Deleuze and Foucault)
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My favorite passages of On the Genealogy of Morality (as translated by Carol Diethe):


"The day we can say, with conviction: 'Forwards! Even our old morality would make a comedy!' we shall have discovered a new twist and possible outcome for the Dionysian drama of the 'fate of the soul'—: and hell make good use of it, we can bet, he, the grand old eternal writer of the comedy of our existence!"
"... man first became an interesting animal on the foundation of this essentially dangerous form of human existence, the priest..."
"... actual 'love of your enemies' is also possible here and here alone—assuming it is possible at all on earth. How much respect a noble man has for his enemies!—and a respect of that sort is a bridge to love..."
"... in losing our fear of man we have also lost our love for him..."
"... Beyond Good and Evil… does not mean 'Beyond Good and Bad'..."
"... perhaps there is nothing more terrible and strange in man’s prehistory than his technique of mnemonics..."
"Perhaps pain—I say this to comfort the squeamish—did not hurt as much then as it does now..."
"What actually arouses indignation over suffering is not the suffering itself, but the senselessness of suffering..."
"It is not impossible to imagine society so conscious of its power that it could allow itself the noblest luxury available to it,—that of letting its malefactors go unpunished…"
"If the just and judging eye, gazing with a lofty, clear objectivity both penetrating and merciful, is not dimmed even in the face of personal injury, of scorn and suspicion, well, that is a piece of perfection..."
"... and the whole history of a 'thing,' an organ, a tradition can to this extent be a continuous chain of signs..."
"... the prospect of an animal soul turning against itself, taking a part against itself, was something so new, profound, unheard-of, puzzling..."
"... foolishness, not sin! [was calamitous to the Greeks, in their strongest, bravest period]..."
"There is not, necessarily, an antithesis between chastity and sensuality; every good marriage, every real affair of the heart transcends this antithesis..."
"... Stendhal, no less a sensualist than Schopenhauer but with a more happily adjusted personality..."
"Schopenhauer needed enemies to stay cheerful... he loved wrathful, bilious, black-green words..."
"A spirit, however, which is sure of itself, speaks softly..."
"Hubris today characterizes our whole attitude towards nature, our rape of nature with the help of machines and the completely unscrupulous inventiveness of technicians and engineers; hubris characterizes our attitude to God, or rather to some alleged spider of purpose and ethics lurking behind the great spider’s web of causality—we could echo what Charles the Bold said in his battle with Ludwig XI: ‘je combats l’universelle araignée’—; hubris characterizes our attitude towards ourselves,—for we experiment on ourselves in a way we would never allow on animals, we merrily vivisect our souls out of curiosity: that is how much we care about the ‘salvation’ of the soul... [***this is a criticism of modernity, not its apology]"
"... the more affects we are able to put into words about a thing, the more eyes, various eyes we are able to use for the same thing..."
"What is to be feared and can work more calamitously than any other calamity is not great fear of, but great nausea at man; similarly, great compassion for man..."
"If someone 'cannot cope' with an experience, this sort of indigestion is as much physiological as any other—with such a point of view we can, between ourselves, still be the severest opponents of all materialism..."
"It is only suffering itself, the discomfort of the sufferer, that he combats, not its cause, not the actual state of being ill,—this must constitute our most fundamental objection to priestly medication..."
"... the strong are as naturally inclined to strive to be apart as the weak are to strive to be together..."
"... everyone who feels himself to be a ‘good person’ today is completely incapable of approaching any thing except in a dishonestly mendacious way... Or to ask more pertinently: which of them could bear a true biography!... A few hints: Lord Byron wrote some extremely personal things about himself, but Thomas Moore was 'too good' for this: he burnt his friend's papers. The same is said to have happened with Dr Gwinner, Schopenhauer's executor: for Schopenhauer had written a few things about himself as well and perhaps against himself too..."
"Goethe claimed there were only thirty-six tragic situations [Conversations with Eckermann, 14 February, 1830]: from this we gather, if we did not know already, that Goethe was not an ascetic priest..."
"... the specifically Germanic influence: I mean the alcoholic-poisoning of Europe..."
"... every respect for the Old Testament! I find in it great men... the incomparable naivety of the strong heart..."
"Luther’s resistance to the mediating saints in the Church... was, no doubt, basically the resistance of a lout irritated by the Church’s good etiquette..."
"... these people who trumpet reality are bad musicians, it is easy enough to hear that their voices do not come from the depths..."
"... the scientific conscience today is an abyss..."
"Has a European or a Christian free-thinker ever strayed into this proposition and the labyrinth of its consequences? Does he know the Minotaur of this cave from experience?"
"Our faith in science is still based on a metaphysical faith..."
"... here is a gap in every philosophy... truth was not allowed to be a problem..." 
"I also dislike the latest speculators in idealism, the anti-Semites, who nowadays roll their Christian-Aryan-Philistine eyes and try to stir up the bovine elements in the population..."

See also:
- défi du non-circoncis;
- List des figures du chaos primordial;
- Structuralism, Poststructuralism;
- Sur les premiers chapitres d’Esthétique et théorie du roman;
Pier Paolo Pasolini & Deconstruction;
Favorite quotes from Detlev Claussen's Theodor W. Adorno;
And also:
- Concretos &/ou Brazilian Inteligentsia;
- Eduardo Viveiros de Castro: Brazilian Perspectivism?
- Poème du retour (Leminski/Nietzsche);
- Augusto Meyer & Machado de Assis;
- Caxias do Sul and Galopolis (Northeast of Rio Grande do Sul, region of Italian immigration);
- Bellocchio &/or Eye of (Dreadful) Beauty;
- Federico Fellini's Satyricon (Italy, 1969);
- Kinds & Phantasmagoria circa 1900;
- Foucault Statement in Context;
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From The Book of Thoth (Aleister Crowley):


- 8/Adjustement [Libra, Venus/Saturno, adjustment ("the daughter, redeemed by her marriage with the Son, is thereby set up on the throne of the mother"), "the feminine complement of the Fool," "the secret course of judgment whereby all current experience is absorbed, transmuted, and ultimately passed on, by virtue of the operation of the Sword, to further manifestation," "at the corner of the card, are indicated balanced spheres of light and darkness, and constantly equilibrated rays from these spheres form a curtain, the interplay of all those forces which she sums up and adjudicates," "equilibrium stands apart from any individual prejudices... Nature is scrupulously just, it is impossible to drop a pin without exciting a corresponding reaction in every star," "she is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation; she is the dance, many-coloured, many-wiled, of Life itself, constantly whirling, the phantom show" (***wasn't Nietzsche a Libran? Yes! He was born 15 October; in what matters A/Z himself, the regents of solar sign and ascendent are in Libra, and almost everything is in the VII house, see here), karma (Eastern philosophy), "Saturn represents above all the element of time... all action and reaction take place in time" (phenomena are compensated by time)];

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Movies about musicians (alphabetical order, under construction)




images taken from
Anton Corbij's
Control (2008)

From a Parallel World: This movie about Janis Joplin, Little Girl Blue (Amy Berg, 2015) says all it has to say by the title: DEMEANING & PREACHY. What shines out is Peggy Caserta's declaration that the heroin shooting was NOT out of depression at al.

Janis at her best—that is, a Rambling Elemental Woman;
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Nico, 1988 (Susanna Nicchiarelli, 2018);
Chico: Artista Brasileiro (Miguel Faria Jr., 2015);
Olho Nu (Joel Pizzini, 2014);
El Padre de Gardel (Ricardo Casas, 2013);
Jorge Mautner - O Filho do Holocausto (Pedro Bial, 2013);
Raul: o Início, o Fim e o Meio (Walter Carvalho, Leonarda Gudel, 2012);
Tropicália (Marcelo Machado, 2012);
Noite em 68 (Ionaldo Santana do Araújo, 2010);
Loki: Arnaldo Baptista (Paulo Henrique Fontenelle, 2008);
Control (Anton Corbijn, 2007);
Last Days (Gust van Sant, 2005);
Punk Attitude (Don Letts, 2005);
Stoned (Stephen Woolley, 2005);
Nelson Freire (João Moreira Salles, 2003);
Party Monster (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, 2003);
The Filth and the Fury (Julien Temple, 2000);
The Doors (Oliver Stone, 1991);
Sympathy for the Devil (Godard, 1968);

See also:
- Kur-d-t- My Ghost;
- God Save the Queen;
- Alice in Chains;
- Electronic & Others: High or Middle Culture?
- Darkwaves beyond the 80's;
- Brazil in the 80's;
- Rock Brazil 90's;
- RGS Rock;
- List of musicians;

Monday, October 13, 2014

Most interesting LGBTQIA+ movies (alphabetical order - under construction)



Neil Jordan's
Breakfast on Pluto
(Ireland, 2005)
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- Studio 54 (Matt Tyrnauer, 2018);
- Alguma Coisa Assim (Esmir Filho, 2017);
- Liebmann (Jules Herrmann, 2016);
- As You Are (Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, 2016);
Mãe só há uma (Anna Muylaert, 2016);
- Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016);
La vanité (Lionel Baier, 2015);
- Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015);
Praia do Futuro (Karim Ainouz, 2014);
Tom à la ferme (Xavier Dolan, 2014);
- La vie d'Adèle (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013);
Los amantes pasajeros (Pedro Almodovar, 2013);
Broderskab (Nicolo Donato, 2009);
La bocca del lupo (Pietro Marcello, 2009);
Les chansons d'amour (Christophe Honoré, 2007);
Les témoins (André Téchiné, 2007) - my montage;
Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan, 2005);
Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken (Achim von Borries, 2004);
- Pelo malo (Mariana Rondón, 2003);
La chatte à deux têtes (Jacques Nolot, 2002);
Y tu mamá también (Alfonso Cuarón, 2001);
Plata quemada (Marcelo Piñeyro, 2000);
The crying game (Neil Jordan, 1992);
My own private idaho (Gus van Sant, 1991);
Caravaggio (Derek Jarman, 1986);
My beautiful laundrette (Stephen Frears, 1985);
- Kiss of the spyder woman (Hector Babenco, 1985);
Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Pasolini, 1975) - my montage;
- A Bigger Splash (Jack Jazan, 1973);
- Ludwig (Lucchino Visconti, 1972);
- Satyricon (Fellini, 1969);

***See also:
- Orlando 06/12;
- Série, presque à genoux with thread;
- Pier Paolo Pasolini;
- Boswell, Dover and others on male homosexuality;

Saturday, October 11, 2014

El Estudiante, political movie (learning from Argentina) + list of other ingenious "political" movies




Artemisia Gentileschi
Susanna e i vecchioni (1610)
Image from Julian Bell's
Mirror of the World

There is a Brazilian "political" movie I'm unable to talk about. I saw it much later than it came out, and just like Os Famosos e os Duendes da Morte, it touches me as only a few other Brazilian movies really do: Se Nada Mais Der Certo (José Eduardo Belmonte, 2009). It is far away from being perfect, but it is touching and convincing. 
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"... toute l'histoire de la politique européenne au moins, et depuis Marx au moins, serait celle d'une guerre impitoyable entre des camps solidaires et également terrorisés par le fantôme, le fantôme de le autre et son propre fantôme comme fantôme de l'autre."
"... tous ces opposants de l'ombre ont beau savoir que l'Europe est en train de trembler devant certain fantôme, celui qui désigne le Manifeste dès son premier nom, ils complotent aussi contre une armée de spectres, contre la spectralité même, et ils pensant tous, sans doute, que c'est de bonne guerre... le noeud des complicités et des antagonismes entre Marx, Engels, Feuerbach, Stirner, Hess, Bauer, etc." 
Jacques Derrida, Spectres de Marx

"As you can see what happened in the Soviet Union, they wanted to change and have socialism. They could not. Karl Marx was somewhat aware of this. He said there is such a thing as false consciousness. This show, which is concealed, is false consciousness."
David Bohm (interview)
"Aos olhos deles, eu era apenas um peão fazendo seu dever."
Gerald Thomas, Entre Duas Fileiras
"Tout commence bien pour finir mal."
Gauguin
"You just never know with people. You just never know what they'll like, what you should do for them... Some little thing can set off reactions, you don't know what is in their past that's making them like or not like somebody so much..."
Warhol
"Foi em 1969 quando o ditador marechal Arthur da Costa e Silva implantou a chamada Diretriz para a Política de Segurança Interna. O documento estabeleceu que caberia aos comandantes militares da área do Exército a responsabilidade pelo planejamento e execução das medidas para conter a subversão e o terrorismo... em 1977, o coronel Perdigão, seus aliados e comandados já davam mostras de uma perigosa independência, e estavam claramente atuando fora da lei e fora da cadeia de comando militar..."
Marcelo Netto & Rogério Medeiros, Memórias de uma Guerra Suja

The strength of a "political" movie such as El Estudiante (2011, by Santiago Mitre) is the determination with which it follows the internal contradictions of its material as they can be handled in its specific "code" (cinema has its own way to conjure up reality). The plot is unraveled by unexpected turns. It is not demagogical and confronts us with puzzles: how people who supposedly are simply exploited somewhat contribute to their own situation, and above all how people who intend to help are generally unconsciously entangled in the labyrinths of their own selfishness. Argentina is the country of sophisticated directors such as Marcelo Piñeyro, Carlos Sorin, Pablo Trapero, Anahí Berneri and Lucrecia Martel.
In Brazil, the best examples are documentaries. Eduardo Coutinho and João Moreira Salles are accomplished documentary directors. Garapa (2005), by José Padilha, deals with its material in a way which is also interesting (the case of Gabriel Mascaro is more peculiar). In fiction, the best results were attained by Anna Muylaert: Mae só há uma (2016) hasn't got so much attention as Que horas ela volta (2015), but it is just as good. The plot seems implausible (the idea of going back home), but it is actually a metaphor for a very complex and troubled situation. Muylaert works with the actors in a way that is the most convincing. The direction is very honest and unconceited. I wasn't much convinced by Cleber Mendonça Filho's O Som ao Redor (2012), but Aquarius (2016) is excellent. And O Céu de Suely (2006), by Karim Aïnouz, is remarkable. 
The Mexican director Amat Escalante is also ingenious. His Los Bastardos (2008) is astounding.
Some intentionally political movies are otherwise just pseudo-engagé movies: they are unable to engage truly with their own material, and merely submit the material to an external code (such as ordinary ideas and not necessarily false clichés but nonetheless clichés about "human exploitation"). In my opinion the most frightening examples are Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener and Blindness (2008, **see my critical review), or José Campanella's El Secreto de sus ojos (2009). Besides being "intentionally political," these movies are somewhat "intentionally artistic." In Brazil there are many movies that would fall under such a category. Lavoura Arcaica (Luiz Fernando Carvalho, 2001) is perhaps the worst case scenario. It is not exactly political, but "epic." And it is just "intentionally artistic" (mannered and pious) as the language of Raduan Nassar’s original book was affected and bookish. It won about 50th prizes in festivals, but not exactly in Berlin or Cannes. ***Walter Salles, on the other hand, was redeemed by Dark Water (2005)—an unabashed "genre" movie, in which all his immemorial & carefully pampered clichés finally mount up to a truly terrifying degree! Without irony, I actually consider it to be his best movie ever (homespun philosophy transfigured). 
****I'm not considering Glauber Rocha's movies here, because they are very unequal and—except for Barravento and Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol—each one difficult to evaluate as a whole. But Glauber Rocha was a visionary artist whose works have unparalleled value (see here). And Cinema Novo has other interesting names such as Ruy Guerra, Leon Hirszman, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, and Paulo César Saraceni. There is also Cinema "Marginal"—if not political, apocalyptical

List of other ingenious "political" movies (under construction & not to be found on amazing #IMDbitches' site, which certainly has the same kind of shortcomings as Wikipedia):
- Socrates (Alexandre Moratto, 2018);
- Der goldene Handschuh (Fatih Akin, 2018);
- Napszállta (László Nemes, 2018); 
- Everybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi, 2018);
- Gräns (Ali Abbasi, 2018);
- Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas, 2018);
- Lazzaro Felice (Alice Rohrwacher, 2018);
- No Date, No Sign (Vahid Jalilvand, 2018);
- Museo (Alonso Ruizpalacios, 2018);
- Ahlat Agaci (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2018);
- Mademoiselle Paradis (Barbara Albert, 2017);
- Wieza. Jasny dzien (Jagoda Szelc, 2017);
- Happy End (Michael Haneke, 2017);
- The Party (Sally Potter, 2017);
- Jupiter holdja (Kornél Mundruczó, 2017);
- La Cordillera (Santiago Mitre, 2017);
- Los Perros (Marcela Said, 2017);
- Nelyubov (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2017);
- War Machine (David Michôd, 2017);
- The Square (Ruben Östlund, 2017);
- Geumul (Ki-Duk Kim, 2016);
- Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016);
- Zjednoczone stany milosci (Tomasz Wasilewski, 2016);
- I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016);
- Deep Web (Alex Winter, 2015);
- Boi Neon (Gabriel Mascaro, 2015);
- Francofonia (Aleksandr Sokurov, 2015);
- Saul fia (László Nemes, 2015);
- Tharlo (Pema Tseden, 2015);
- The Big Short (Adam McKay, 2015);
- Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2014);
- Aire Libre (Anahí Berneri, 2014);
- Um Sonho Intenso (José Mariani, 2014);
- Leviatan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014);
- Simindis kundzuli (George Ovashvili, 2014);
- Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Brothers, 2013)
- The Wolf of Wall Street (Scorsese, 2013);
- Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza (Danis Tanovic, 2013);
- Tian zhu ding (Zhangke Jia, 2013);
- Heli (Amat Escalante, 2013);
- Pelo Malo (Mariana Rondón, 2013);
- Après mai (Olivier Assayas, 2012);
- Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2012);
- The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012);
- Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, 2012);
- Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012);
- Les Adieux à la Reine (Benoît Jacquot, 2012);
- The Iron Lady (Phyllida Lloyd, 2012);
- Le Capital (Costa-Gravas, 2012);
- A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011);
- Elena (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2011);
- This is not a Film (Jafar Panahi, 2011);
- A torinói ló (Béla Tarr, 2011);
- Concerto de Violino (Luciano Vidigal, 2010);
- Por tu culpa (Anahí Berneri, 2010);
- Carancho (Pablo Trapero, 2010);
- Inside Job (Charles Ferguson, 2010);
- Green Zone (Paul Greengrass, 2010);
- Submarino (Thomas Vinterberg, 2010);
- Mammuth (Benoît Delépine & Gustave Kervern, 2010);
- Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz, 2009);
- Inglorious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009);
- Das weiße Band (Michael Haneke, 2009);
- Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008);
- Vincere (Marco Bellocchio, 2008);
- Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (Uli Edel, 2008);
- Louise-Michel (Benoît Delépine & Gustave Kervern, 2008);
- Gomorra (Matteo Garrone, 2008);
- Los Bastardos (Amat Escalante, 2008);
- La mujer sin cabeza (Lucrecia Martel, 2008);
- Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso, 2008);
- Nightwatching (Peter Greenaway, 2007);
- Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg, 2007);
- No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007);
- There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007);
- Paranoid Park (Gus Van Sant, 2007);
- The Road to Guantanamo (Michael Winterbottom; Mat Whitecross, 2006);
- The Last King of Scotland (Kevin McDonald, 2006);
- A Fost Sau N-A Fost? (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006);
- Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005);
- Manderlay (Lars von Trier, 2005);
- Grizzly Man (Werner Herzog, 2005);
- A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005);
- Solnste (Aleksandr Sokurov, 2005);
- Sangre (Amat Escalante, 2005);
- El método (Marcelo Piñeyro, 2005);
- Entreatos (João Moreira Salles, 2004);
- Der Untergang (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004);
- Aaltra (Benoît Delépine & Gustave Kervern, 2004);
- Los Muertos (Lisandro Alonso, 2004);
- Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003);
- Elephant (Gus Van Sant, 2003);
- Le Temps du Loup (Michael Haneke, 2003);
- Buongiorno, Nuote (Marco Bellocchio, 2003);
- Cidade de Deus (Fernando Meirelles, 2002);
- Edifício Master (Eduardo Coutinho, 2002);
- Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass, 2002);
- Historias Mínimas (Carlos Sorin, 2002);
- La Ciénaga (Lucrécia Martel, 2001);
- La Libertad (Lisandro Alonso, 2001);
- Telets (Aleksandr Sokurov, 2001);
- Taking Sides (Stván Szabó, 2001);
- Suchwiin bulmyeong (Ki-Duk Kim, 2001);
- Plata Quemada (Marcelo Piñeyro, 2000);
- The Filth and the Fury (Julien Temple, 2000);
- Moloch (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1999);
- Goya (Carlos Saura, 1999);
- Ghost Dog (Jim Jarmush, 1999);
- Notícias de uma guerra particular (Katia Lund e João Moreira Salles, 1998-99);
- Idioterne (Lars von Trier, 1998);
- Happiness (Todd Solondz, 1998);
- Lost Highway (David Lynch, 1997);
- Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994);
- Lektionen in Finsternis (Werner Herzog, 1992);
- The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992);
- Europa (Lars von Trier, 1991);
Sonata dlya Gitlera (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1989);
- Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick, 1987); 
- La Película del Rey (Carlos Sorin, 1986); 
- Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986); 
- Kiss of the Spider Woman (Héctor Babenco, 1985);
- Cabra Marcado para Morrer (Eduardo Coutinho, 1984);
- Lili Marleen (Fassbinder, 1981); 
- Mephisto (István Szabó, 1981);
- Pixote (Hector Babenco, 1981); 
- Die Dritte Generation (Fassbinder, 1979);
- Mamá cumple 100 años (Carlos Saura, 1979);  
- La Vocation Suspendue (Raul Ruiz, 1978); 
- Das Schlangenei (Ingmar Bergman, 1977);
- Stroszek (Werner Herzog, 1977);
- Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977);
- Cria Cuervos (Carlos Saura, 1976);
- Mr Klein (Joseph Losey, 1976);
- Salò o le 120 Giornate di Sodoma (Pasolini, 1975);
- Lacombe Lucien (Louis Malle, 1974);
- Il Portieri di Notte (Liliana Cavani, 1974);
- Ana y los Lobos (Carlos Saura, 1973);
- The Assassination of Trotsky (Joseph Losey, 1972);
- A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971);
- Porcile (Pasolini, 1969);
- British Sounds (Godard, 1969);
- Sympathy for the Devil (Godard, 1968);
- Teorema (Pasolini, 1968);
- Mouchette (Robert Bresson, 1967);
- Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964);
- Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol (Glauber Rocha, 1964);
- Vidas Secas (Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1963);
- Barravento (Glauber Rocha, 1962);
- Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959);
- Un condamné à mort s'est échappé (Robert Bresson, 1956);
- Journal d'un curé de campagne (Robert Bresson, 1951);

About Judicial Systems:
- Into the Abyss (Werner Herzog, 2011);
- Leonera (Pablo Trapero, 2008);
- Juízo (Maria Augusta Ramos, 2007);
- Justiça (Maria Augusta Ramos, 2004);

Latin-American military dictatorship period:
- La noche de 12 años (Álvaro Brechner, 2018);
- Missão 115 (Silvio Da-Rin, 2018);
- El Clan (Pablo Trapero, 2016);
- El Botón de Nácar (Patricio Guzman, 2015);
- Nostalgia de la Luz (Patricio Guzman, 2010);
- Mundialito (Sebastian Bednarik, 2010);
- Cidadão Boilesen (Chaim Litewski, 2009);
- Em teu Nome (Paulo Nascimento, 2009);
- El Circulo (José Pedro Charlo y Aldo Garay, 2008);

Violence against Women and related issues:
- Dronningen (May el-Toukhy, 2019);
- Torre das Donzelas (Susanna Lira, 2018);
- Familia Submergida (María Alché, 2018);
- Assassination Nation (Sam Levinson, 2018);
- Unsane (Steven Soderbergh, 2018);
- Den skyldige (Gustav Möller, 2018);
- The House that Jack Built (Lars von Trier, 2018);
- Egy Nap (Zsófia Szilágyi, 2018);
- Las Herederas (Marcelo Martinessi, 2018);
- You were never really here (Lynne  Ramsay, 2017);
- Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017);
- American Honey (Andrea Arnold, 2016);
- La patota (Santiago Mitre, 2015);
- Mommy (Xavier Dolan, 2015);
- Butter on the Latch (Josephine Decker, 2014);
- Miss Violence (Alexandros Avranas, 2013);
- Después de Lucia (Michel Franco, 2013);
- I, Anna (Barnaby Southcombe, 2012);
- We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, 2011);
- Antichrist (Lars von Trier, 2009);
- Das Fremde in mir (Emily Atef, 2008);
- 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile (Cristian Mungiu, 2007);
- Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (Jasmila Zbanic, 2006);
- Lilja 4-ever (Lukas Moodysson, 2002);
- La Pianiste (Michael Haneke, 2001);
- Les nuits de la pleine lune (Eric Rohmer, 1984);
- Panelkapcsolat (Béla Tarr, 1982);
- Die Marquise von O (Eric Rohmer, 1976);
- Nathalie Granger (Marguerite Duras, 1972);
- Détruire dit elle (Marguerite Duras, 1969);

See also:
- The House that Jack Built's simple equation;
- Amat Escalante (& Werner Herzog): Basilisk's Cinema;
- Julio Bressane;
- Cinema Novo;
- Godard's Sympathy for the Devil;
- Sonatine Takeshi Kitano, 1993);
- Heitor Dhalia;
- Cinema of Uruguay;
- Inside Job;
- Pier Paolo Pasolini;
- Instead of revolution: démontage;
And also:
- Sobre o fio de José Padilha;
- "ERRATA list" for Narrative Outbreak in Contemporary Conflict Cinema;
- Narrative Self-Deconstruction in Contemporary Cinema;
- Bases histórico-conceituais para a crítica cinematográfica não representacional;

Meirelles' best movie after City of God






"Copacaba": esse episódio do Fernando Meirelles é o melhor do filme "Rio, Eu Te Amo" (2014) (e na minha opinião, o melhor de tudo que ele fez depois do "Cidade de Deus");
"Sócrates" (2019): filme de Alexandre Moratto (produzido por Meirelles e mais bem amarrado, contundente e verdadeiro do que muitos filmes dele);
See also:
- El Estudiante, political movie;
- The Blindness of Meirelles;