Saturday, March 09, 2019

A celebration of French film

For the first time in his life he understood why the Bible called sex "knowing". Everything was different. Now he knew Dante. He'd known Dante. And wonder of wonders, Dante had known him right back.
~ Damon Suede

In a chateau turned hotel, a man and woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig​) meet for the first time — or do they? This 1961 collaboration between director Alain Resnais​ and writer Alain Robbe-Grillet is a puzzle of a movie and proof of cinema's capacity to seduce by technique alone. Screens as part of the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival. Digitally projected. Palace Westgarth, Sun March 10, 4pm.
A celebration of French film

PARTYING LIKE IT’S 1917: “At least in Brooklyn, and the spiritual Brooklyns of America, calling yourself a socialist sounds sexier than anything else out there…The guests of honour tonight are the creators of Red Yenta, a new DIY dating platform: Marissa Brostoff, 33, a grad student at CUNY, and Mindy Isser, 28, an organiser in Philly. ‘I was complaining about how socialist men don’t date socialist women and it really bothers me,’ Isser says.”

If they need some pickup lines, they can borrow them from Iowahawk goofing on the New York Times’ insane “Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism” story in 2017:

While Cuba and Venezuela give us good examples of what socialism can do to a country, they do not exactly tell a happy story. So, the folks promoting “Democratic Socialism” are telling us to look to Sweden as an example of what we can do in America. The problem is, Sweden doesn’t really fit the model of what Bernie and company are trying to sell.
First, Sweden is not socialist. The government doesn’t own the means of production. It is a free-market economy.
Sweden does, however, have a huge welfare state and their people like it. Funding the welfare state takes a lot of money and you need a strong economy to create that wealth. Also, they found that government isn’t very good at providing the services people want so they have a more market approach to many of the benefits provided by the state. For instance, they have school vouchers that students can use to go either a public or private school. What might America’s so-called socialists think about that?