Monday, January 06, 2014


My favorite game when I was a child was Mummy and Explorer. My father and I would trade off roles: one of us had to lie very still with eyes closed and arms crossed over the chest, and the other had to complain, "I've been searching these pyramids for so many years. When will I ever find the tomb ot Tutankhamun?" [...] At the climax of the game, the explorer stumbles on the embalmed Pharao and - brace yourself - the mummy opens his eyes and comes to life. The explorer has to express shock, and then says, "So, what's new?" to which the mummy replies, "You." (A. Levy, "Thanksgiving in Mongolia". The New Yorker, November 18, 2013) || Dominik Graf [...did...] express his concerns about the alleged formalism of what he describes as "the German new wave" [...] Graf's argument is that this lack of narrative action is related to the personalities of the directors themselves, who, Graf rather patronizingly suggests, have yet to emerge from their "student situation" and engage with the real world. Their academic training has allegedly left them with excellent filmmaking skills, but little experience of reality, so that they "carry form before them like a shield against real life." (D. Clarke, "Capitalism has no more natural enemies". A Companion to German Cinema. (Eds. T. Ginsberg and A. Mensch). Blackwell. 2012). || Why study the hare? The brief answer is that we agree with a Suffolk gamekeeper who said: 'We don't know the hare because we haven't observed it enough.' (G.E. Evans, The Leaping Hare. London. Faber & Faber, 1972.) || Was einmal bei den Buergern und Buergerinnen vieler Staaten seit dem spaeten 18. Jahrhundert als das Hoechste galt, naemlich der Gedanke der Nation, hat in der Medienwelt der meisten hochindustrialisierten Laender im Laufe der letzten Jahrzehnte eine merkliche Bedeutungsverschlechterung erfahren. || What had once been deemed the highest by citizens of many states since the late 18th century, the idea of the nation, over the course of recent decades has undergone a noticeable deterioration in significance in the media of most industrialised countries. (J. Hermand, "Vorwort. Vom altstaendischen Reichsgedanken zum deutsch-nationalen Befreiungskriegspathos". In: Revolutio Germanica. (Eds.) J. Hermand and M. Niedermeier. Frankfurt/Main. Peter Lang. 2002. transl. mine)