Quarantine boredom?

I can’t be bored while translating my book. But if you are bored in quarantine by the coronavirus it’s time to start getting acquainted with European films instead of (((Hollywood))) movies, that for inexplicable reasons white nationalists Greg Johnson and Richard Spencer like to watch. I would suggest starting with two films whose plot unfolds in times of deadly plagues: one in Northern Europe and the other in Southern Europe.

In The Seventh Seal Death and a knight without a drop of mud blood* choose sides for a chess game; Death gets the black pieces while the knight is given the white. The film starts when the knight and his squire return from the Crusades to find Denmark ravaged by the plague.

In Death in Venice a composer of classical music attempts to find peace, but the rest of the city is gripped by a cholera epidemic. The city authorities don’t inform the holiday-makers of the problem for fear that they will leave. Failure to leave Italy due to the stunning beauty of an adolescent (another Scandinavian actor with zero mud blood) has deadly consequences for the German composer.


(*) Incidentally, the actor Max von Sydow who also played the three-eyed raven in Game of Thrones died this very month.

Published in: on March 19, 2020 at 6:08 pm  Comments (3)  

Ten films I recommend

1. Hamlet (1948) 

2. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

3. Andrei Rublev (1966) 

4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

5. Planet of the Apes (1968)

6. Death in Venice (1971)

7. Iphigenia (1977)

8. Sense and Sensibility (1995) 

9. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

10. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Gitone’s magic

My response to Greg Johnson and James O’Meara about the latter’s new book defending homosexuality is available in the addenda to this blog. My article “On classic pederasty” takes issue with them. The Greco-Roman “lover-beloved” institution was not “gay” in the modern sense of the word.

An expanded version of “On classic pederasty” was chosen for my collection of the 2014 edition of Day of Wrath. But I discarded it for the 2017 edition of the same book. However, it can still be read as a PDF: pages that I stole from the now unavailable edition of Day of Wrath: