Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"THE NAMES OF THE GREAT AROUSE NO FEAR AMONG US BELOW"

FILM WISH LIST: CORNEILLE-BRECHT (2009, Jean-Marie Straub + Cornelia Geiser, 80 min). This film deals partly with THE TRIAL OF LUCULLUS, written by Bertolt Brecht, which deals with the afterlife trial of a general who describes himself as a benevolent tyrant (Think of George W. Bush). The jury consists of a farmer, a teacher, a fishwife, a baker, and a courtesan. They are the ones who will decide if the general will go to heaven or hell.
http://www.viennale.at/en/programm/filme/3285.shtml


THE JUDGE:

"Unfortunate man! The names of the great
Arouse no fear among us below.
Here
They can no longer threaten. Their utterances
Pass for lies. Their deeds
Are not recorded. And their glory
Is to us like smoke, a sign
That a fire has raged.
Shade, your bearing indicates
That enterprises of some scope
Are associated with your name.
Those enterprises
Are not known here."

The words above are from the following blog:
http://www.greeklish.org/blog/books