Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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

Kawaita Hana (Masahiro Shinoda, 1964);
Tarantino's Kill Bill;
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, USA, 1994);
Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986);
La Terra Trema (Visconti, 1948);

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 murdered).

"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 cataloguedes teintes, mais renvoie à toute une tactilité de la matière); ainsi lesachimi 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
"My girl half mutant, half Japanese"
Tommy Cash
"Le théâtre contemporain est en décadence parce qu'il a perdu le sentiment d'un côté du sérieux et de l'autre du rire. Parce qu'il a rompu avec la gravité, avec l'efficacité immédiate et pernicieuse—et pour tout dire avec le Danger."
A. Artaud

"L'égoïsme n'a jamais rien fait d'autre que cacher la haine de soi."
Joëlle (Les Samouraïs)
"... 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
"... après la mobilisation totale du futurisme ou du nazisme viendra cet équilibre de la terreur entre l'Est et l'Ouest..."
Paul Virilio, L'Université du désastre
"... 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
"If you take the chimpanzees, for example, Jane Goodall, who has lived among them, said that sometimes a group of dominate males and a few females conceive a dislike for the chimpanzees on the other side of the mountain. They were organizing gangs and going out and kill them, beat them up and kill them, get pleasure out of it, drink their blood. It lasted a little while."
David Bohm (interview)

"O delegado Expedito assumiu a equipe de investigações de Sérgio Fleury após a sua morte por decisão da comunidade de informações, mas o líder da sua experiente equipe era eu. Tanto que Mineiro (policial da equipe de Fleury) me trouxe a insígnia de delegado do Fleury, que etá comigo até hoje. Achei muito simbólico.  Aliás, continuo achando..."
Cláudio Guerra, Memórias de uma guerra suja
"Dia seguinte, fui ao fórum e contei a mesma cena. Mal sabia que estava metendo a colher no caldeirão corporativo da polícia paulista. Recebi o troco três dias depois, quando quatro deles chegam de madrugada na rua Pelotas com uma ordem de busca sem apresentar qualquer documento."
Rita Lee
"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
"Vocês vieram aqui para relaxar??? Quando eu cheguei lá, o Mercedes totalmente destruído estava sendo removido por um caminhão..."
Gerald Thomas, Entre Duas Fileiras

"Death was easy. A piece of pie. That is the true horror."
"Somehow there are things I'd rather not know."
"I believe it was Nietzsche—or maybe the Desi Monster—who said that every degree of power involves a corresponding degree of freedom from good and evil."
James St. James (Party  Monster)

"'Well,' as one judge said to the other, 'be just, and if you can't be just, be arbitrary'."
William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
"In the space of a couple of days we had paid two bribes to officials."
Lol Tolhurst (Cured: the tale of two imaginary boys)
"... yes, Satan is in the Vatican..."
"O Mangue está cheio de raparigas que fizeram perguntas demais."
Olímpico de Jesus 
"Au-delà de l'erreur, au-delà de la bêtise elle-même: une certaine bassesse de l'âme..."
Deleuze, Nietzsche et la philosophie

"Ces sentiments touchants désappointèrent presque autant M. de Charlus que l'agaça leur expression, d'une paysannerie un peu conventionnelle."
"Et les yeux de Françoise se remplissaient de larmes, mais à travers lesquelles perçait la curiosité cruelle de la paysanne."
"... les grandes tragédiennes meurent souvent victimes des complots domestiques noués autour d'elles, comme il leur arrivait tant de fois à la fin des pièces qu'elles jouaient."
Marcel Proust (le narrateur)

"— 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).

"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).

See also:
- The House that Jack Built's simple equation;
- Amat Escalante (& Werner Herzog): Basilisk's Cinema;
- Cinema Novo's Judgment Day &/or why it came to last;
- American "Liberal" Hell & "Liberal" Stupidity Much B4 Trump;
- El Estudiante, political movie (learning from Argentina);
- Dogen with Hagakure;
Ando also;
Capitalism's Consigliere: McKinsey's Work for Insurence Companies, Ice, Drug Manufactures, and Despots

Monday, September 05, 2016

Manuel Puig & la cara de Juan Carlos

Portraits and flower picture taken from the Internet (montage A/Z, for more see here);
Mecha Ortiz y Isabel Pisano en Boquitas Pintadas (Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, 1974);
Claudia Cardinale y Jean Sorel en Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa (Luchino Visconti, 1965);
Brad Pitt y Jared Letto en Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999);

"mas isso foi depois de duzentos anos..."
Júpiter Maçã, A Odisséia
"La grandeur  de  l'art véritable, au contraire de celui que M. de Norpois eût appelé un jeu de dilettante, c'était de retrouver, de ressaisir, de nous faire connaître cette réalité loin de laquelle nous vivons, de laquelle nous nous écartons de plus en plus au fur et à mesure que prend plus d'épaisseur et d'imperméabilité la connaissance conventionnelle que nous lui substituons, cette réalité que nous risquerions fort de mourir sans avoir connue, et qui est tout simplement notre vie... et aussi la vie des autres; car le style pour l'écrivain aussi bien que la couleur pour le peintre est une question non de technique mais de vision. Il est la révélation, qui serait impossible par des moyens directs et conscients, de la différence qualitative qu'il y a dans la façon dont nous apparaît le monde, différence qui, s'il n'y  avait pas l'art, resterait le secret éternel de chacun."
Marcel Proust (le narrateur)

“Pero, para terminarla con Celina, le voy a ser sincera: en el oído lo que me dijo fue que yo si no era por ella al Social no hubiese pisado, y que todos sabían lo del doctor Aschero. Antes de Al Barato Argentino yo le recibía los enfermos a Aschero, y le preparaba las inyecciones, y la gente, cuando me fui de golpe, comentó que había habido algo sucio entre nos dos…”
“… al único que quise fue a Juan Carlos. Aschero fue un aprovechador. La cuestión es que ahora no lo voy a ver más en mi vida a mi Juan Carlos ¡que no me lo vayan a cremar! Entre Aschero y la Celina me lo hicieron perder… Fue Celina la culpable de todo, su hija que es una víbora, tenga cuidado con ella. Y ya que estoy en tren de confidencias le voy a decir cómo fue que me dejé marcar para toda la vida: yo tenía diecinueve años y me pusieron a aprender de enfermera con Ascero. Un día en el consultorio no había nadie…”
“Pensó... en la posibilidad de que Juan Carlos la abandonara en caso de comprobar que había habido otro hombre en su vida, en la posibilidad de dejar que Juan Carlos lo comprobara sólo pocas semanas antes del casamiento, en la posibilidad de que Juan Carlos lo comprobara la noche de bodas, en la posibilidad de que Juan Carlos la estrangulara en un hotel de Buenos Aires la noche de bodas…”
Boquitas Pintadas 

See also:
- des jeunes évaporées;
- Podem ficar com a realidade (Leminski);
- Série, presque à genoux with thread;
- mes yeux consumés ne voient que des souvenirs de soleils (1);
- Leonor Acevedo Suarez: la Madre;
- Juan Carlos Onetti sobre la crítica literaria & la literatura (compilación personal de citas disparatadas);
- Buenos Aires/ Argentina (MNBA, MALBA, Fernández Blanco);

Friday, September 02, 2016

Brazil After Rousseff's Impeachment, State Violence & the US

John Heartfield
Millions Stand Behind Me! (1932)
Text by Gregorio Duvivier;
Videos of State Violence after the impeachment in Brazil;
Bonna Petit!!! (A/Z, 2017) (for more see here);
Police Militarization in the US: 
"'Do not Resist': the police documentarization everyone should see" The Intercept;
Ex-president Lula interview (Mônica Bergamo & Florestan Fernandes, 27/04/2019);

Glenn Greenwald interview (Democracy Now!)
"The perception of this process was shaped by Brazil's domestic media, which is an oligarchic media, they are owned by a tiny number of extremely rich families..."
"...Le Monde, the largest and most influential paper in France, one of the most influential in the world, denounced the impeachment, they said it was not a coup it is a farce... you have international transparency groups... denouncing it, the Organization of American States, members of the European Parliament, the British Parliament, and now senator Sanders..."
"The US government has been remarkably silent about what has been taking place in Brazil for the obvious reason that they got caught in the 1960's having participating in it, helping to plan the coup against the left wing democratically... elected government after vehemently denying for years they have been involved... documents surfaced showing that they were critical participants in that coup and also supported the military dictatorship that followed…"

I'm against conspiracy theories in general, but the US recognized Michel Temer's government as soon as the impeachment was over. 
Now we are exposed to this kind of violence, and the impeachment itself was a result of a very dubious process in which organizations (such as the MBL) said to be financed by private institutions in the US played indeed a role. 
When the US government recognizes the outcome it embraces the whole process. 
Conspiracy theories become then much more plausible.

***Report from Vice (18/10/2016) in which students and their parents say they have been harassed by the police. The ombudsman of São Paulo State Police tells that the situation reminds him of the dictatorship period. This IS SERIOUS:

News of State Violence after the impeachment in Brazil:
More news: