Audiencias en suspense

Reprochar a Hitchcock, el hacer suspense equivaldría a acusarle de ser el cineasta menos aburrido del mundo, como si a un amante se le censurase dar placer a su pareja en lugar de no ocuparse más que del suyo propio. En el cine, tal y como lo practica Hitchcock, se trata de concentrar la atención del público sobre la pantalla hasta el punto de impedir a los espectadores árabes pelar sus cacahuetes, a los italianos encender su cigarrillo, a los franceses magrear a sus vecinas, a los suecos hacer el amor entre dos filas de butacas, a los griegos…, etc.

François Truffaut, El cine según Hitchcock.

Death penalty

Juror 8: You want to see this boy die because you personally want it, not because of the facts! You’re a sadist!

El precepto de la duda razonable -fundamental para un veredicto de culpabilidad- ha quedado violado esta noche, cuando se quitó, de forma legal, la vida a un hombre sobre el que siete testigos, no uno ni dos, siete, se han retractado sobre la acusación que hicieron en un primer momento. Demasiadas dudas para practicar tan definitiva -sin vuelta atrás- decisión: matar a un ser humano. Más en El País.

Children of Men

Children of Men is obviously not a film about infertility as a biological problem. The infertility Cuaron’s film is about was diagnosed long ago by Friedrich Nietzsche, when he perceived how Western civilisation was moving in the direction of the Last Man, an apathetic creature with no great passion or commitment. Unable to dream, tired of life, he takes no risks, seeking only comfort and security, and expression of tolerance with one another: ‘A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And much poison at the end, for a pleasant death. They have their little pleasures for the day, and their little pleasures for the night, but they have a regard for health. “We have discovered happiness,”- say the Last Man, and they blink.’

Violence, Slavoj Žižek.

Taken

Bryan: I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

Marko: [after a long pause] Good luck.