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2013

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Liberation Cinema: Rossellini’s Ten Commandments

November 3, 2013

Rossellini’s Ten Commandments Roberto Rossellini’s Ten Commandments on film-making he gave to his students at the Centro Sperimentale, 1. The camera is a pen, a plain ordinary Bic, easy to use. It’s enough to know what you want to say – if you have something to say. 2. The camera is a paper tiger. Don’t mythify it. 3. Therefore the image must exist first in your head. The camera can’t substitute for the absence of an image in your head.…

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After the Persian by Louise Bogan

October 19, 2013

After The Persian by Louise Bogan 1 I have wept with the spring storm; Burned with the brutal summer. Now, hearing the wind and the twanging bow-strings I know what winter brings. The hunt sweeps out upon the plain And the garden darkens. They will bring the trophies home To bleed and perish Beside the trellis and the lattices, Beside the fountain, still flinging diamond water, Beside the pool (Which is eight-sided, like my heart). 2 All has been translated…

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The Flowers of St. Francis

October 15, 2013

Not only is Roberto Rossellini’s 1950 film The Flowers of St. Francis just outrageously beautiful, not only does it have tons of charm and that yummy scratchiness in the 16mm audio track, but it’s also surprisingly funny. Findย just a little bit of the awesomeness that is Rossellini below.…

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Powers vs. Beings

August 4, 2013

Our modern science acknowledges a Supreme Power, an Invisible Principle, but denies a Supreme Being, or Personal God. Logically the difference between the two might be questioned; for in this case, the Power and the Being are identical.…

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Why We Need Urban Shamans

July 26, 2013

Shamans and mystics are important because they are interpreters of microclimates within our communities. Shamans cultivate their own personal relationships with the divine, with the fundamental principles of life. Their ability to find meaning within the mysteries of the universe, rather than through sanctioned books and renowned figures, necessarily destabilizes authoritarian power structures.…

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Shamanic Cinema: Ben Russell’s “River Rites”

July 6, 2013

โ€œThe real skill of the practitioner [of magic] lies not in skilled concealment but in the skilled revelation of skilled concealment. Magic is efficacious not despite the trick but on account of its exposure.โ€ — Michael Taussig, from the essay Viscerality, Faith, and Skepticism: Another Theory of Magic River Rites exposes three realms of existence, and filmmaker Ben Russell leads us through all of them. The first realm is the world of the subjects of the film, a small community…

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This Picture Reveals Your True Nature

June 30, 2013

When we practice looking closely (and then looking closely again, and then again) at a text, or a painting, or person, we can begin to see beyond the categories we normally ascribe to that object. We start to see its suchness, its uniqueness in all the world. We begin think about its history and context. By looking closely, whole new worlds, both interior and exterior, begin to open up, and we can start to make connections between all things, which…

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