Seminal Image #173
(by request)


J'Accuse!
(Abel Gance; 1919)

13 comments:

Kingo Gondo said...

Ah, thanks Tom.

This movie has balls the size of boulders. Its unbridled fury reminds me of a line from Nietzsche at the conlusion of The Antichrist: "I shall write upon all walls, wherever walls are to be found--I have letters that even the blind will be able to see." For all the shameful neglect that has inflicted on this masterpiece, it addresses the insanity of war as clearly as any film ever has.

Thank you, Monsieur Gance.

Salty said...

what movie is this from, anyway? Maybe you could put in a little comment of your own instead of all these random images. I mean, why did you post this, and who requested it? (it says, "by request") That's the interesting part. Maybe you could inform ppl like me, who aren't familiar with the movie, what it is and what its premise is. You say this is "cultural and personal observations" but really, it seems to be just a bunch of random pictures that look cool. Where are the observations? I like the pics, but I'm really interested in what you might observe about them yourself, you know?

Tom Sutpen said...

Salty wrote:

what movie is this from, anyway?

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It's identified right under the image. It always is.

Maybe you could put in a little comment of your own instead of all these random images.

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We do comment on these, but only when the spirit moves us. It moves Stephen more often than myself, admittedly, but that's because he's a more insightful human being than I.

I mean, why did you post this, and who requested it? (it says, "by request") That's the interesting part. Maybe you could inform ppl like me, who aren't familiar with the movie, what it is and what its premise is.

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If you complained like this about any other series you'd be on more solid ground, but this series really is about the image alone. I want people to be so intrigued by the image that they'll seek out more info on the film itself. Listen, when I started it back in October of last year, I didn't even identify what movie they were from. Now, I do.

You say this is "cultural and personal observations" but really, it seems to be just a bunch of random pictures that look cool. Where are the observations? I like the pics, but I'm really interested in what you might observe about them yourself, you know?

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I can tell you're really interested in what I have to say but, again, there are freqently comments on these images. Just scroll down or look in the archives. All will be revealed.

Stephen, you better weigh in on this, bruddah. I'm not a well man today and I wasn't expecting to do Blog Clinic.

Kingo Gondo said...

Nothing more to add to my previous thanks, except this: sorry for all the hideous typos. I take to the keyboard like an ape to brain surgery, and it shows. I have no patience (or skill) for proofreading (obviously).

Keep up the great work, guys.

PS: Wake up, Salty--the title, director and year of production (actually, release) are all listed right below the photo, so all you have to do is go to IMDb (or Google) with that basic info to learn all you need to know. I'll give you a head start on this one, because I like you:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0010307/

Tom Sutpen said...

Worry not about the typos, Kingo. As a valued visitor to this blog you are extended extra leniency.

As for the rest of ya . . . don't mess up when you type your comments, y'hear!

Salty said...

Hey guys, thanks for answering my questions. I didn't mean to be annoying. I've been looking at your blog since I got the url in an email from MBC. Thought I would ask cause I didn't really understand the format, and when I looked at this image I was like- wha? and then frustrated cause I didn't get it. Peace.

Tom Sutpen said...

Salty wrote:

Hey guys, thanks for answering my questions. I didn't mean to be annoying. I've been looking at your blog since I got the url in an email from MBC.

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No need to apologize. If I got snarky, it's only because I've been sick as the proverbial dog going on a month now, so my tempers have frayed a bit.

One question: What is MBC and why is it sending our URL to people? I don't think this is anything I authorized as far as I can recall.

Salty said...

MBC= Mary Beth. She lived in Hali, but now lives in Quebec. It actually wasn't her that sent it, one of you dudes sent a "reply all" msg with this blog url to one of her mass emails.
You didn't sound snarky.

swac said...

Obviously I take the blame for the Mary Beth (Carty) connection...I probably responded to one of her mass mail-outs and ended up sending the address all over creation.

Obviously popular culture is expressed most immediately in visual terms, and this site is an attempt to recapture elements of it that aren't so readily widespread. I have to confess, I look at some blogs that are wall to wall text, and my eyes start to glaze over after awhile, while the short, sharp shock approach of what Tom started really appealed to me, and made me so willing to become a collaborator.

To say it's all pictures and no text is hardly a fair observation, which you may have realized looking back at the archived entries, and at the moment Tom's illness and my heavy workload have made the more involved entries a tad difficult, but it is our hope that picking rare, unusual, or perhaps thematically perverse images might encourage some sort of discussion here in the comment section.

This is the stuff that's spike directly through to our cerebral cortexes, and we're kind of hoping it'll inspire the same reaction in the reader.

For my part, I've begun including relevant links in my entries, either to a movie title found in the IMDb, to song lyrics (in the case of Crazy Words, Crazy Tune) or whatever else I can find online. Hopefully that will make what appears to be obscure a little less so. Feel free to go over past entries and click on the coloured bits. Sometimes the little buggers aren't quite as obvious as they should be.

And, as always, when all else fails Google is your friend.

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Obviously I take the blame for the Mary Beth (Carty) connection...I probably responded to one of her mass mail-outs and ended up sending the address all over creation.

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Whoa there, co-blogger. I was just kidding with that 'I didn't authorize this' bit. I figured you were responsible for that. Besides, you know as well as I how much I appreciate anything you do to promote the blog, so get the URL on as many email lists as y'can!

Obviously popular culture is expressed most immediately in visual terms, and this site is an attempt to recapture elements of it that aren't so readily widespread. I have to confess, I look at some blogs that are wall to wall text, and my eyes start to glaze over after awhile, while the short, sharp shock approach of what Tom started really appealed to me, and made me so willing to become a collaborator.

To say it's all pictures and no text is hardly a fair observation, which you may have realized looking back at the archived entries, and at the moment Tom's illness and my heavy workload have made the more involved entries a tad difficult, but it is our hope that picking rare, unusual, or perhaps thematically perverse images might encourage some sort of discussion here in the comment section.

This is the stuff that's spike directly through to our cerebral cortexes, and we're kind of hoping it'll inspire the same reaction in the reader.


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Damn. Somehow I knew you'd explain what I was doing better than I could. The approach was something I fell into almost by default (I knew the Daily Journal format was not workable for me) when I discovered the Hello software. I started posting images because I really didn't know what else to post. Gradually it sort of came to be that I was organizing these in a variety of series, which got me thinking of different subjects, etc. So none of this was ever planned, it just happened. But if I may be permitted a bit of chest thumping (and with pneumonia that's pretty painful), I think it's evolved into something you can't find anywhere else on the blogosphere; particularly since Stephen joined up (best thing that ever happened to this blog). I think that's good, others may not. But whatever the case, we're sticking with this format until the internet runs out of images we can utilize.

Rob said...

I love the way the images jump from one set series to another, and the selection is nonpariel. I say, chaps, keep up the work, wot?

BCNU

Tom Sutpen said...

Rob wrote:

I love the way the images jump from one set series to another, and the selection is nonpariel. I say, chaps, keep up the work, wot?

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Thank you, Rob. I think I can speak for Stephen when I say you're one of our most valued comment-posters. The comments really are a big part of what this blog is about, so don't think your frequent contributions aren't appreciated by us both.

swac said...

He ain't whistling Dixie, neither.