Saturday, September 15, 2007

Paths of Glory

Jean Renoir, son of the painter, wounded veteran of the Great War, filmmaker best known for La Grande Illusion (1937) and La Règle du jeu / The Rules of the Game (1939). Incisive films about socio-economic class and manners, banned by thuggish governments -- a solid endorsement for free thinkers anywhere. Indeed, what oligarchy wants people thinking too hard about social illusions and class differences?

The Rules of the Game: what makeup to apply? What clothes to wear? What shall we drive? What shall we eat? What shall we drink? With whom shall we socialize? Where shall we live? What should we say to each other? How should we say it?

The dashing pilot as celebrity-hero during the Great Depression.

A birthday salute to Jean Renoir!

Fay Wray, hot and cool.

Today's Rune: Inititation.

Birthdays: Marco Polo, François de La Rochefoucauld, Jean Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval, James Fenimore Cooper, Agatha Christie, Jean Renoir, Fay Wray, Margaret Lockwood (Day), Nipsey Russell, Jackie Cooper, Shohei Imamura, Julian Cannonball Adderley, Tommy Lee Jones, Oliver Stone, Hrant Dink, Kit Chan, Sophie Dahl.

Bon voyage!


Ropinator said...

a lot celebrity born in this day

Bubs said...

It's swankier and more sophisticated because it's in French

Charles Gramlich said...

The history of human civilization has been the steadily advancing attempts to control the thoughts of others.