". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Eric Rohmer 1920 - 2010

Passed away at age 89.  I loved his films.

Through sheer serendipity a few days ago I picked up a dvd of Chloe in the Afternoon, which I haven't seen in quite some time.  Maybe I'll watch it tonight in memory of this film maker who never stopped loving young love.

My Night at Maud's.  Was there ever a film like it?  Or like his last one (2007) Les amours d’Astrée et de Céladon?

I wonder what he did in the war.  There's never any mention of his activites I've seen between his boyhood and his first appearance in the film world, in 1947 or so.

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