Yukio Mishima on Visconti’s “The Damned”: Dangerous Decadence

In its Wagnerian manner, its German grotesquerie, its transvestitism, its nervous insanity, its ponderousness, its symphonic sense of psychological danger, its worship of the body, its unceasing dramatic tension, its excesses, its obsession with hurling every single character toward tragedy and death, its ostentation, its sensuality, its love of ritual and ceremony, its intoxication, and … Continue reading Yukio Mishima on Visconti’s “The Damned”: Dangerous Decadence

In Friedrich Nietzsche’s Words: Why Do We Like Comedies?

Perhaps I know best why man alone laughs: he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. The unhappiest and most melancholy man is, as fitting, the most cheerful. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power ≈ 91 On German Pessimism   This Nietzsche’s thought can be seen as a bridge between his youthful … Continue reading In Friedrich Nietzsche’s Words: Why Do We Like Comedies?

In Sigmund Freud’s Words: Rewatching Movies = A Child at Play?

“In the play of children we seem to arrive at the conclusion that the child repeats even the unpleasant experiences because through his own activity he gains a far more thorough mastery of the strong impression than was possible by mere passive experience. Every fresh repetition seems to strenghten this mastery for which the child … Continue reading In Sigmund Freud’s Words: Rewatching Movies = A Child at Play?

In Gustave Le Bon’s Words: Cinema and Crowd Psychology

„Crowds being only capable of thinking in images are only to be impressed by images. It is only images that terrify or attract them and become motives of action. For this reason theatrical representations[1], in which the image is shown in its most clearly visible shape, always have an enormous influence on crowds. Bread and … Continue reading In Gustave Le Bon’s Words: Cinema and Crowd Psychology