“Beautifully made, historically important, and boring as hell”

L’Eclisse the film: “beautifully made, historically important, and boring as hell”

Scorsese ; felt less like a story and more like a poem, the ending 

That evening, on Sunday 10 September 1961, neither shows up at the appointed meeting place.

According to both ChatGPT there were no eclipses anywhere on the planet on 10.09.1961. Apparently, Antonioni was inspired by an eclipse about which he made a documentary. The significance of the date remains obscure. There is a kind of blocking effect in the last minutes of the film when neither of the lovers shows up at a prearranged reunion. Today we might call  this double mutual simultaneous ghosting.  

It’s not as if I have off-periods as much as I have begun noticing  I have on-periods in which normalcy seems to have returned.   

Reality is a spectacle our brain casts spell-like upon us. 

 Any place you buy fish should smell fresh, no trace of  bleach or antiseptic, instead should exude the very attar
of the sea, shore, river or shoal which was their home


According to ChatGPT  : There are several excellent general histories of Vietnam that provide a comprehensive overview of the country’s rich and complex history. Some highly recommended books include:

1. “Vietnam: A New History” by Christopher Goscha – This book offers a fresh perspective on Vietnam’s history, covering the country’s ancient origins to its modern-day developments.

2. “Vietnam: A History” by Stanley Karnow – A classic and comprehensive account of Vietnam’s history, from ancient times to the present day, written by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

3. “Vietnam: Rising Dragon” by Bill Hayton – This book provides a contemporary look at Vietnam’s history, politics, and society, offering insights into the country’s rapid transformation in recent years.

4. “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam” by Fredrik Logevall – This Pulitzer Prize-winning book focuses on the French colonial period and the origins of the Vietnam War, providing a detailed and engaging narrative.

These books offer different perspectives and insights into Vietnam’s history, making them great choices for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating country.


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