Saturday, 28 September 2013

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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Déprime- 26/9/2013

A very small incident. A conversation that should not have taken place. A brief moment. And I sank into depression again. 
Which is easy. I may be in good mood for a while, carefree and happy-go-lucky and cheerful and oblivious and frivolous for a while, and everything is bearable, everything is fine, but as soon as such a small incident takes place and reminds me of something I have always avoided and whose existence I have always denied, all the bad feelings come back and everything else falls apart and I feel like I can't bear it any longer, and it must take a very long while for me to come back to my frivolous mood. And that's the horrible part. That I look at everything with different eyes, through different lens, and find all intolerable and cruel. That I distrust everyone and have faith in nothing. That I find my existence meaningless. 
It's strange, though, certain things ignored in the frivolous times suddenly pop out and become visible and stare at me in the face, everything suddenly accumulates and destroys my hope. 
I'm aware, some or most people may see these lines and feel the way they feel when reading "The bell jar". Sylvia Plath. Spoilt, silly, unsympathetic. A person who knows no poverty and no real misery, who has no sense of discipline and self-improvement, who has no self-control and self-restraint, who submits blindingly to sensibilities instead of sense, who makes no effort to change the situation nor to change the attitude, who exaggerates negative things and suffers for it, who sinks in so-called misery and subconsciously enjoys being miserable, who knows what the problems are and yet does nothing to remove them. 
But if everybody could fight depression, if that were simple and easy, nobody on earth would be depressed any more. Nobody would fall into depression in the 1st place even.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


- 2 passport photos of American size: 299kr~ 50 dollars. 
(which means, you go to the store and take a passport photo and they give you 2 copies; if you want more, you have to pay; if you want a CD-ROM, you have to pay). 
(the passport photo's taken in that same area of the store, not in an isolated room, and without special lighting).

- Total health check: 5000- 6000kr. 
(because I'm 20 and can't get it free). 

- My grandma's tax: 28% 

[Today a Turkish girl said to me Norway's the best, or at least the most liberal, nation in the world, and said the Norwegian passport would be the biggest gift in the world].

Sunday, 22 September 2013

1st experience of "2001: A space odyssey"

(Music: Johann Strauss- "The Blue Danube")

It was last night. And now, about a day later, my emotion remains mostly unchanged, I still feel overwhelmed and confused and drained. Watching "2001: A space odyssey" the 1st time is an incredible experience unlike anything encountered before and brings a wonderful mix of feelings that perhaps will never be felt again. 


I confess that I did not understand it at 1st viewing, so a 2nd one is needed, soon. 1 of the reasons is my lack of knowledge about science, technology and philosophy (whereas Stanley Kubrick himself is an extremely intellectual, knowledgeable man, shown in the 1968 Playboy interview), another reason is my reliance on words due to the way films usually are and the fact that "2001" is different. So I received it quite passively, with emotions only. 
But then again, Kubrick said: 
"... "2001" is a nonverbal experience; out of 2 hours and 19 minutes of film, there are only a little less than 40 minutes of dialogue. I tried to create a visual experience, one that bypasses verbalised pigeonholing and directly penetrates the subconscious with an emotional and philosophic content. To convolute McLuhan, in "2001" the message is the medium. I intended the film to be an intensely subjective experience that reaches the view at an inner level of consciousness, just as music does; to 'explain' a Beethoven symphony would be to emasculate it by erecting an artificial barrier between conception and appreciation..." 

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Exhibit; Kubrick interview- "ACO", violence& "Spartacus"

1/ Kubrick exhibit at LACMA:

Kubrick camera lens exhibit LACMA
A Clockwork Orange Korova Milk Bar Kubrick exhibit LACMA
The Shining Alder typewriter All Work and No Play Kubrick LACMA 
This seems fun.
I wonder how a Martin Scorsese exhibition would be.

2/ Soundtrack in "A clockwork orange".
[Please play the music].

3/ Kubrick on "A clockwork orange":
An interesting interview. 1st, it answers some questions in my head and reveals Kubrick's thought and reasons for some of his decisions. 2nd, it tells a few things about Kubrick's views, interests, hobbies... and a bit of his personality. 3rd, from the interview I may learn a couple of things about films and filmmaking.
The only thing I'd like to say here is, while I agree with Kubrick that I do not believe violence in films transforms an innocent, good, moral person into a violent person, filmmakers should still think carefully and take responsibility for their works, because violent films may feed people who already have some anti-social or hateful thoughts in them, and thus, may worsen their nature and drive them to the point of 'actualising' their fantasies. Freedom is good but every single filmmaker (like every author) must be responsible and must be aware of some possible effects their works have on the audience (or readers). Not that I disapprove of violence in Kubrick's films. I should elaborate, there are different kinds of violence. Violence in Kubrick's films is not pointless, it has a political meaning- "A clockwork orange" depicts violence without approving of or encouraging violence. Violence in Martin Scorsese's films is realistic violence- it is there because Scorsese makes films about gangsters and criminals (even so, he doesn't make it too violent, he, for example, changed the colours of the shooting scene in "Taxi driver").
What about Quentin Tarantino's films? To me there's something wrong with the aestheticisation of violence, though on the 1 hand one may argue that it doesn't look very realistic and shouldn't lead the audience to real acts of violence, on the other hand it disturbs me to find people comfortably laugh at and enjoy all the killings in his films, "Django unchained" especially. The kind of fun violence meant to be enjoyed is to me quite disturbing.
The only argument that may make me accept it is the fact that Quentin Tarantino deliberately makes it look unreal, so they are to be watched and enjoyed and forgotten and they aren't haunting. I, however, am totally against films like "A Serbian film". It may not make a person commit a crime nor inflict pain upon somebody else, but such a film doesn't do anybody good, even if the filmmaker has some ideas and intentions and political messages, the film 1st has effects on people watching it, and another director (with more talent and conscience and sense of responsibility), with the same ideas, could have made a less violent and haunting film.

4/ The other day I added another film to the list of Stanley Kubrick films I've seen, raising the number to 8: "Spartacus".
Only afterwards did I realise that he had disowned the film because he didn't have complete control over the filming. In the interview mentioned above, he said:
"In Spartacus I tried with only limited success to make the film as real as possible but I was up against a pretty dumb script which was rarely faithful to what is known about Spartacus. History tells us he twice led his victorious slave army to the northern borders of Italy, and could quite easily have gotten out of the country. But he didn't, and instead he led his army back to pillage Roman cities. What the reasons were for this would have been the most interesting question the film might have pondered. Did the intentions of the rebellion change? Did Spartacus lose control of his leaders who by now may have been more interested in the spoils of war than in freedom? In the film, Spartacus was prevented from escape by the silly contrivance of a pirate leader who reneged on a deal to take the slave army away in his ships. If I ever needed any convincing of the limits of persuasion a director can have on a film where someone else is the producer and he is merely the highest-paid member of the crew, Spartacus provided proof to last a lifetime."
What do I think of "Spartacus" then?
Well, it's OK. Excluding any inaccuracy, which I do not know because of my ignorance, the film has 2 main flaws: 1, 1-dimentional characters, particularly Spartacus (played by Kirk Douglas), a hero without faults and Crassus (by Laurence Olivier), a completely bad guy. 2, the film is a bit sentimental once in a while. Overall, it isn't a very bad film. In fact, keeping "Spartacus" in Stanley Kubrick's filmography not only does no harm to his reputation but also does good, because:
a) It shows his talent to direct the epic scenes, to handle a historical epic film with a cast of over 10000 people (at which point he was 30 years old).
b) It adds epic to the list of film genres he tried his hand at.
c) It again shows his talent, his ability to be different from himself, for "Spartacus" is different from his other films (though like "Spartacus", some of his other films such as "Paths of glory", "Full metal jacket" and "Barry Lyndon" also have marching and/or fighting scenes). 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Kubrick code

1/ Another symbol in "A clockwork orange":
[Please play the music].
(Pointed out by somebody here:

Similar, ain't they? 
It doesn't seem to be accidental, but I don't know what to make of it.
In a sense Stanley Kubrick's similar to Leonardo da Vinci, both left tons of symbols and ambiguities and mysteries in their works that long after their death people still talk about them and try to find the truth.

2/ The paintings in "Eyes wide shut":

3/ These are the 6 weirdest theories about the real meaning behind "The shining":
Pay attention to no.5:
You can read more here:
To be frank, I generally have a negative view of conspiracy theories (9/11, The Holocaust...) and therefore I reject as silly the idea that NASA faked moon landing, but this analysis with all those arguments does make sense to some extent:

"In the case of Kubrick, his films are very difficult to decrypt for several reasons.
1. We are dealing with an artist who has an especially strong understanding of many subjects and disciplines including psychology, symbolism and semiotics (the art of subjectively encrypting messages).
2. His messages tend to be cerebral rather than emotional – frequently relating to his opinions of broad historical and social issues, of which the average person has a comparatively weak understanding.
3. His symbolic encoding operated on a deliberate level of complexity that is almost unheard of, even in the history of the arts, and is comparative to the skills of an advanced mathematician.
4. Most people who watch Kubrick films are not actually aware that there are encrypted messages waiting to be cracked."

"[S]ome of the key encryption concepts that Kubrick used throughout his filmography.
1. Role switching & character synthesis
This involves the audience mentally placing one character’s identity into the body of another so that a different narrative begins to surface. It was used extensively in Eyes Wide Shut so that characters from Victor Zeigler’s high society party were revealed as being participants in the Somerton mansion orgy. This in turn revealed that the two parties were in fact one and the same, the first being wrapped in lies and illusion and the next stripped of such illusions to reveal an underlying moral decadence. The naked woman who sacrificed herself to protect Bill was also a psychological synthesis of Alice, Mandy and Domino – which revealed a hidden message of all women being viewed by Bill as stereotypical sex objects.
The character switching concept was also used in Full Metal Jacket, where Private Pile and Animal Mother represented psychological opposites of the same mind. This in turn was a clue to the films theme of split identity and disassociation induced by military brainwashing.

2. Paintings as metaphoric mirrors
Again Eyes Wide Shut made extensive use of this device. The masked orgy participants and guests at Ziegler’s party were revealed, through the paintings adorning the mansion walls, as members of European nobility – the clue to this concept was made most obvious in Ziegler’s bathroom, where Mandy lay overdosing on a red sofa, while up on the wall could be seen a large painting of an identically posed woman on a red sofa.
Another excellent example of this was in A Clockwork Orange, in which the woman who Alex kills has a painting on her wall depicting a woman with the breasts cut out of her clothing. This reveals that the warped sexual fantasies we see in Alex’s behaviour, who had cut the breasts out of his rape victim’s clothing, are a larger social trend which Alex is simply conforming and reacting to.

3. Mirror-framed characters as symbolic reflections
The most frequent use of this concept in a Kubrick film was The Shining. Whenever Jack sees a ghost it virtually always stands with a mirror behind it – the bar tender, Delbert Grady, the corpse woman. This was a key to the film’s hidden narrative that the hotel was not actually haunted, but that the family were haunted by their repressed memories of Jack’s brutality and America’s bloody history.

4. Subliminal repetition between scenes
This was a very frequent Kubrick device. As already mentioned, the two party scenes of Eyes Wide Shut contained a multitude of aesthetic similarities such as paintings of nobility, dancing couples and masks that roughly imitate the facial features and hairstyles of actual characters.

5. Double speak
Also a favourite Hitchcock approach, this involves dialogue that has no reference to a specific context and can therefore carry meaning both in the obvious surface narrative and in the hidden narrative. For example, in Full Metal Jacket an indication of Private Pile’s double identity as Animal Mother is when the drill instructor says “Private Pile, you are definitely born again hard”. Another good example can be found in Eyes Wide Shut. While dancing with Alice, Sandor Szavost says “One of the charms of marriage is that it makes deception a necessity for both parties”, the two parties being a sly reference to both Ziegler’s Party and the Sommerton mansion orgy.

6. Multiple meaning in one symbol
This is one of the most confusing devices of Kubrick and he used it with a skill that is unmatched. In Eyes Wide Shut the huge star shaped Christmas decorations have several meanings – they represent giant snow flakes, but also the hypnotic illusions of high society, and some reviewers have interpreted them as secret society symbols or as astrological symbols.
The monolith in 2001 represents in the surface narrative - God, a doorway to another dimension and a piece of alien intelligence, while in the hidden narratives it represents the cinema screen (as well as a few more meanings which we shall explore shortly).

7. Lingering shots
This is a Kubrick method that has lead many people to label his films as painfully slow. When he holds a shot on screen for an unusually long period of time, it is often to emphasize the symbolic elements and allow us time to ponder over the meanings of what we’re seeing and hearing. Sometimes Kubrick also leaves scenes in complete silence to encourage visual exploration of the shots.

8. Wide angles
This is the main factor that has led some critics to label Kubrick’s work as cold and emotionless. Rather than being an aesthetic preference it is frequently used when set design and compositional elements are carrying meaning, as opposed to acting and dialogue alone.

9. Fractional messaging
These can be especially hard to decode. It involves a concept being divided up into several sub-concepts and then embedded in different shots and scenes. The viewer must cross reference information throughout the film and piece the concept back together. The clues I have already described as to the meaning of the monolith are a good example of fractional messaging.

10. External symbols
This involves messages being delivered to the audience outside of the actual movie content. They can come in many forms such as being embedded in a marketing campaign or deliberately falsified rumours about the shoot.
In Eyes Wide Shut Kubrick worked with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who were married both in real life and in the film’s story. The couple were featured in the marketing poster as being reflected in a silver-framed mirror, revealing that the content of the film was a metaphoric reflection of the audience’s reality. Another example of this would Kubrick’s rumours of endless takes in filming a single shot. These rumours were probably true in some cases, but also could have been made up to bring greater audience attention to particular shots. In the case of 2001, the many bizarre posters and production stills are embedded with very obvious clues about the films hidden meanings.

11. Colour association
This comes in several forms. It can be based upon bio-semiotics, which is the audience’s genetically inbuilt associations. For example red equals hot and blue equals cold or black plus yellow equals danger. It can be based upon popular cultural association such as red, white and blue representing an English or US flag. Kubrick on the other hand, often would set up unique colour associations that are not natural to the audience. In Eyes Wide Shut the red pool table of Zeiglers parlour combined with blue lighting from the windows links the scene conceptually to the bright red carpet and blue lighting of the orgy ritual. 2001 has many colour association themes that have made their way into this review.

12) Dream logic
This method combines narrative logic with the symbolism of dreams. For example, in Eyes Wide Shut the story changes from conventional logic to dream logic after Bill has a pot smoking session with his wife.
A unique trick of Kubricks was to film a dream sequence, but let the audience assume it is part of the actual narrative. The room 237 sequence of The Shining is a great example. In the surface narrative the room is haunted by the ghost of a dead woman, but in the hidden narrative it is Danny having a flashback or nightmare to having been strangled by his father for waking him up in an earlier scene. It is typical for victims of abuse to identify with their abuser and so Danny re-experiences the event as his own father, while externalising the abuser as a mysterious rotting corpse."

Having written long posts about symbols and messages hidden in Stanley Kubrick's films, I admit that it's not necessarily a good thing. Such talks easily create on strangers (those unfamiliar with his works) the impression that his films are fascinating because of their ambiguities rather than because of what usually makes a film fascinating, such as plot, story, characters, acting, cinematography, colours, scenery, etc.
That is horribly wrong (the fault is entirely my own).
If you care to see his films, and better, if you by any chance enjoy his films as I do, I hope you find these posts enjoyable and thought-provoking and if you do, I shall be very glad. That's all I'd like to say.