[Marxism] Fwd: Reading Trotsky While Watching Kurosawa » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 27 06:11:11 MST 2014

On 12/27/14 5:02 AM, Charles Faulkner wrote:
> s this meant as a complete definition?  for art?  film art? narrative art?
> i like the sentiment but i want to say that it still seems a little
> restrictive despite broadening a notion of art as pure propaganda.  at
> the danger of appearing ignorant, degenerate or even pedantic i think
> there are itches i want to scratch that are not overtly humanitarian, or
> humane even.  perhaps "human impulses" fits better what i want.

Not at all. Most comedy skirts the political. For example, Preston 
Sturges made the greatest film comedies ever, including "Sullivan's 
Travels" that satirized a director's yearnings to make social protest 
films during the Great Depression. Speaking of which, nothing will ever 
rival the frothy and apolitical Fred Astaire films of the same period. 
Laughter and dance elevate just as much as tragedy.

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