Book//mark - The Mad Toy | Roberto Arlt, 1926

 El juguete rabioso / The Mad Toy, 1926                                                          Roberto Arlt, 1900-1942

''Sometimes at night I would think of the beauty with which poets made the world shake, and my heart would flood with pain, like a mouth filling with a scream.''

''It's right... there are moments in our lives when we need to be scum, to make ourselves dirty even on the inside, to do something infamous, I don't know... to destroy a man's life for ever... and after doing this then we can walk with our heads held high again.''

''The trials of being human! how many sad words did we still keep hidden in our guts!''

''Then, slowly, my drunken excitement subsided. An irrational seriousness took its place, a serious attitude of the kind that it is a mark of good taste to display in public. And I felt like laughing at this ridiculous, paternalistic seriousness. But because seriousness is hypocrisy, and because ‘conscience’ needs to be acted out in private, I said to myself:

‘You are accused… you are a scoundrel… an incendiary. You have enough remorse for a whole lifetime. You will be interrogated by the police and by the courts and by the devil… prisoner in the dock, this is no joke… you don’t understand that you need to be serious… you’re going to be thrown headfirst into the clink.’

But my attempt at seriousness did not convince me. It sounded empty, like an empty can. No, I couldn’t take this mystification seriously. And now I was a free man, and what did society have to do with this freedom? And now I was free I could do whatever I liked… kill myself if I wanted… but that was a bit ridiculous… and I… I needed to do something beautifully serious, perfectly serious: to love Life. And I repeated:

‘Yes, Life… you are pretty, Life… did you know it? From here on in I will love all the pretty things of the Earth… of course… I will worship trees, and houses and the sky… I will adore everything that there is in you… and also… tell me, Life, isn’t it the case that I’m an intelligent kid? Did you ever know anyone like me?’

Then I fell asleep.''

''The problem is, you can't tell people these things. They'll think you're crazy. And I say to myself: What can I do with this life inside me? I'd like to give it ... to make a present of it ... to go up to people and tell them: You need to be joyful! You know? You have to play at being pirates ... to build cities of marble ... to laugh ... to set off firecrackers.''

Roberto Arlt, The Mad Toy / El juguete rabioso: The rabid toy, 1926
tr. James Womack

Feeling the alienation of youth, Silvio Astier's gang tours neighborhoods, inflicting waves of petty crime, stealing from homes and shops until the police are forced to intervene. Drifting then from one career and subsequent crime to another, Silvio's main difficulty is his own intelligence, with which he grapples.

The original manuscripts were written in the 1920s and were drafted by Arlt in the mountains of Córdoba, in a time when his wife, Carmen, who suffered complications from tuberculosis, needed to move to the mountains to recover from her illness. Arlt invested a considerable amount of money in businesses that did not grow, and had to accompany his wife, so he began work on Mad Toy.

The Mad Toy was adapted for cinema by José María Paolantonio in 1984 

'The movie tried to capture Arlt’s writing in film. Some of the resources used were silence and still shots, the use of voice-over to represent the monologue of Asier, and a production that passes through dirty and miserable spaces that show a filthy reality.''

Alicia Aisemberg 

Snow White | Abbas Kiarostami (1978-2003)

"Not being able to feel the pleasure of seeing a magnificent landscape with someone else is a form of torture.
That is why I started taking photographs. I wanted to eternalise those moments of passion and pain". 

 Abbas Kiarostami

"Inside the shrine, I thought a thousand words...
And when I left – it had snowed"

Abbas Kiarostami 

  "I love the act of observing. Observing in silence, observing nature especially."

Abbas Kiarostami

When you love someone, you photograph them - you only have to look at your family album.
My family album is full of photographs of nature."

Abbas Kiarostami

J[A-Z]Z / p1ck ( Krupa and Rich | Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich, 1956

photo: Herman Leonard / design: Aric Lach Morrison

Buddy Rich, The Monster, Krupa And Rich, 1956

Recorded May 16 and November 1, 1955 in New York City. Krupa and Rich play on two different tracks each 
and play together only on "Bernie's Tune", that has a six-minute "drum battle." 

Buddy Rich - drums
Oscar Peterson - piano
Ray Brown - bass
Freddie Green - guitar
Thad Jones - trumpet
Joe Newman - trumpet
Ben Webster - tenor sax
Frank Wess - tenor & alto sax, flute

Gene Krupa (standing) with Buddy Rich

Conversation | Marquis de Sade / Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele, Lovers, c.1909

''Conversation, like certain portions of the anatomy,
always runs more smoothly when lubricated.''

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade, 1740 - 1814

Lilliputians, 1890 - 1935 / Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift, 1726 - 35

Lilliputians, 1890

''I remember when I was at Lilliput, the complexion of those diminutive people appeared to me the fairest in the world; and talking upon this subject with a person of learning there, who was an intimate friend of mine, he said that my face appeared much fairer and smoother when he looked on me from the ground, than it did upon a nearer view, when I took him up in my hand, and brought him close, which he confessed was at first a very shocking sight. He said, "he could discover great holes in my skin; that the stumps of my beard were ten times stronger than the bristles of a boar, and my complexion made up of several colours altogether disagreeable:" although I must beg leave to say for myself, that I am as fair as most of my sex and country.''

Vintage postcard, 1900

''In the right coat-Pocket of the Great Man Mountain (for so I interpret the words Quinbus Flestrin), after the strictest search, we found only one great piece of coarse cloth, large enough to be a foot-cloth for your Majesty's chief room of state. In the same left pocket, we saw a huge silver chest, with a cover of the same metal, which we, the searchers, were not able to lift. We desired it should be opened; and one of us stepping into it, found himself up to the mid leg in a sort of dust, some part whereof flying up to our faces, set us both a sneezing for several times together.'' 

''My daughter kneeled to ask my blessing, but I could not see her till she arose, having been so long used to stand with my head and eyes erect to above sixty feet; and then I went to take her up with one hand by the waist. I looked down upon the servants, and one or two friends who were in the house, as if they had been pigmies and I a giant.''

The 'Viennese Lilliputians' take part in a football match at the Prater Stadium
(now the Ernst Happel Stadion) in Vienna, 1920

''When they began to talk, I thought I never heard or saw any thing more unnatural; for it appeared to me as monstrous as if a dog or a cow should speak in England, or a Yahoo in Houyhnhnmland.''

Twenty-four lilliputians on their way to Toronto. They amused themselves and other passengers all the way over 
and are shown here having a dance all by themselves and with their own jazz music in the bargain, 1922

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, 1726- 35 or
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships, 1726- 35

Bors Brothers, lilliputians, give an exhibition of boxing on their arrival, 1922

A Lilliputian town has arisen in the Lustgarten, Berlin. The town, which is complete, 
is inhabited by dwarfs. It has been built in connection with the Christmas festivities, 1934

A group of midgets known as the Lilliputians pose for a group shot around 1910 in Germany

 Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was an Irish cleric, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, although he is less well known for his poetry. Swift published all of his works under pseudonyms — such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier — or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of 2 styles of satire; the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

The Lilliputian Village at the Brussels Exposition, 1935

Flick Review < Diary of a Country Priest | Robert Bresson, 1951

Journal d'un curé de campagne / Diary of a Country Priest, 1951 

Directed by Robert Bresson

Scenario : Georges Bernanos (novel) / Robert Bresson

Stars: Claude Laydu, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre

Cinematography by Léonce-Henri Burel (as L.H. Burel) 

Editing by Paulette Robert

Robert Bresson on the set of Diary of a Country Priest                                     Claude Laydu in Diary of a Country Priest


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