Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sonatine (Takeshi Kitano, 1993), Masahiro Shinoda & the tyranny of evil men

"La crudité japonaise est essentiellement visuelle;
elle dénote un certain état coloré de la chair ou du végétal
(étant entendu que la couleur n'est jamais épuisée par un catalogue
des teintes, mais renvoie à toute une tactilité de la matière; ainsi le
sachimi étale moins de couleurs que des résistances."

"La femme du général Nogi a décidé que la Mort était le sens, que
l'une et l'autre se congédient en même temps et que donc, fût-ce
par le visage, il ne fallait pas 'en parler'."
Roland Barthes, L'empire des signes

"It is true that Japan is a remote land, lying beyond the clouds
and smoke to the east of the Dragon seas."
Dogen, Bendowa

"... l'expression sensible du théologème hérité des Indo-Européens...
à savoir que l'administration souveraine du monde si divise en
deux grandes provinces, celle de l'inspiration et des prestiges,
celle du contrat et de la chicane..."
G. Dumézi, Heurt et Malheur du Guerrier

"'Well,' as one judge said to the other, 'be just, and if you can't
be just, be arbitrary'."
William Burroughs, Naked Lunch

"La calla un perro que ladra desaforado en las cercanías; 
le responden dos, cinco más. Por un pequeño tragaluz, 
en lo alto de la habitación, Urania divisa la luna: 
redonda y amarilla, espléndida."
Mario Vargas Llosa, La Fiesta del Chivo

"... aucun progrès ne permet d'ignorer que jamais, en chiffre 
absolu, jamais autant d'hommes, de femmes et d'enfants 
n'ont été asservis, affamés ou exterminés sur la terre."
Jacques Derrida, Spectres de Marx

"Vocês vieram aqui para relaxar???
Quando eu cheguei lá, o Mercedes totalmente destruído
estava sendo removido por um caminhão..."
Gerald Thomas, Entre Duas Fileiras

"... après la mobilisation totale du futurisme ou du nazisme 
viendracet équilibre de la terreur entre l'Est et l'Ouest..."
Paul Virilio, L'Université du désastre

Kawaita Hana (Masahiro Shinoda, 1964):

Tarantino's Kill Bill:


"— The truth is you're the weak... and I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm trying real hard to be the shepherd." Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, USA, 1994).


"— I’m seeing something that was always hidden... I’m in the middle of a mystery... and it’s all secret." Jeffrey Beaumont, Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986).

"— I live with the constant threat of possession, and a constant need to escape from possession, from Control. So the death of Joan brought me in contact with the invader, the Ugly Spirit, and maneuvered me into a lifelong struggle, in which I have had no choice except to write my way out." William Burrough, Introduction to the 1985 Edition of Queer.

"— What happens when there is no limit? What is the fate of The Land Where Anything Goes? Men changing into huge centipedes... centipedes besieging the houses... a man tied to a couch and a centipede ten feet long rearing up over him.” Lee, Queer (Burroughs/Oliver Harris, 2010).

In most civilized communities public opinion condemns debauchery and drug addiction... to moral disapproval is added fiscal discouragement... But when we pass from drug-taking and elementary sexuality to the third main avenue of downward self-transcendence, we find, on the part of moralists and legislators, a very different and much more indulgent attitude. This seems all the more surprising since crowd-delirium, as we may call it, is more immediately dangerous to social order, more dramatically a menace to that thin crust of decency, reasonableness and mutual tolerance which constitutes a civilization... Religious and politcal ceremonials are welcomed by the masses as oportunities for getting drunk on herd-poison, and by their rulers as opportunities for planting suggestions in minds which have momentarily ceased to be capable of reason or free will... (Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun).

Cabra Marcado para Morrer (Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil, 1964-84):

João Mariano interpreting Joao Pedro Teixeira, "ambushed and killed on April 2nd, 1962 by two soldiers of the Military Police. Another participant was a cowhand from landowner Agnaldo Veloso Borge’s ranch. The judge in Sape (Paraiba, Brazil) ordered Agnaldo’s arrest as one of the instigators of the crime. But he got off by taking a chair on the Legislative Assembly. Agnaldo was the fifth vice-deputy. One deputy and 4 vices resigned to allow him into office. In March, 1965 the two policemen who killed Joa Pedro were unanimously acquitted by the jury."

"'You and the kids are here. You’ve got the pictues as a souvenir. But I ain’t gonna chicken out. I’m positive they’re gonna kill me. I can see hate in their faces. Wherever I go they’re grounching. I can see their wrath. I know I’ve had it. They are gonna kill me sure as eggs. Now, I’ll tell you something: They’ll do it cowardly.'" (Pedro Teixeira to his wife, Elizabeth Teixeira, before he was mudered.)

Made in Brazil (Wanderson Chan, Rio de Janeiro 2014):

Relatively Free (Alex Winter, USA 2016):

"In the late nineties investigators uncovered superfaturamento in a Maluf project built by a subsidiary of Odebrecht, the construction giant, along with a smaller firm. Originally budgeted at seventy-five million dollars, the not-very-long tunnel under Ibirapuera Park ended up costing five times that amount. Maluf paid for it in part by cutting the city’s budged for health and education. It took… four years after he’d stepped down as mayor for prosecutors to indict him… It took a judge until 2009 to reach a conviction… The long Maluf ever spent in jail was forty days… There is a saying in Brazil: 'Rouba mas faz'—He steals, but he gets things done… in the cavernous spaces [of the Big Worm freeway built by Maluf in 1971] I’d seen clumps of people sharing crack pipes on soiled mattresses" (Alex Cuadros, Brazilionaires, p. 35-37).

"Thor [Batista] posted photos of his injuries on Twitter... red scratches streaked his biceps. It didn't look too bad. Actually, it looked like he was flexing" (Brazillionaires, p. 164). Thor is Eike Batista's son, who ran over the cyclist Wanderson Pereira dos Santos on a highway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2012). The heart of the cyclist was found inside the McLaren driven by Thor well above the speed limit (this was actually the second person Thor had killed while driving). Thor escaped the accident almost unhurt, except for the biceps red scratches. He paid compensation to the victim's family and two months later was indicted for manslaughter by the prosecution. Wanderson used to work near the highway unloading trucks.

Later on, towards the end of 2014, when Eike Batista himself was standing trial for things such as insider trading and market manipulation, several of his assets were seized to secure payment for fines while the trial was put on hold. But the judge (!) responsible for the case, Flavio Souza, misappropriated these assets for personal use. "One of Thor's friends happened to live in the same apartment building as Souza, and he spotted what looked like Eike's white Porsche Cayenne in the garage... Someone else photographed Souza driving the Porsche to work that day. A reporter got Souza on the phone, and the judge claimed he'd taken the Porsche home because he didn't want it damaged by rain and sun in the impound lot. There was no legal provision for this, obviously" (Brazillionaires, p. 268).

La Terra Trema (Visconti, 1948):