Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Dreamers

Revolution as a Gala Dinner and a Game

A close, detailed viewing and extended discussion of the context, plot, and themes of Bertolucci’s controversial masterwork.

By Steven Q. Fletcher :::

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Books to Phlog

Book cover of Walker Percy's the Moviegoer at FiftyWalker Percy’s The Moviegoer at Fifty: New Takes on an Iconic American Novel has just been released from LSU Press. This well-received collection of twelve new essays includes a contribution from Jonathan Potter and Read Mercer Schuchardt revisiting “The Moviegoer’s Cinematic References.”

This is the first critical work devoted solely to Percy’s debut novel. Coinciding with the centenary of his birth, this collection offers fresh perspectives that underscore the novel’s ongoing relevance.


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Cube

Thanks to reader Mike Campbell for the link, here’s Jim Henson’s (yes, of The Muppets fame) 1969 TV film, The Cube.  You could think of it as the sequel to 1984 or Brave New World, or you could think of it as the precursor to The Wall, Brazil, The Truman Show, The Borg (of Star Trek), or The Matrix.  But if you get through all of it, you’ll never think about strawberry jam the same way again.  My favorite scene is the one in which the Professor, who can only be Marshall McLuhan channeled through Henson’s brain, appears to The Man to explain:  “Well, as I interpret what you’re doing here, this is all a very complex discussion of Reality versus Illusion.  The perfect subject for the television medium.”

phlog ::: from publisher ::: Link

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