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Totally unnecessary, I guess this is the moment when I’m saying So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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(Eisenstein’s 1946 diary entry as quoted in Eisenstein’s visual imagery – Criterion, 2000)

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William S. Burroughs: A man within (Yony Leyser, 2010)

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Q: What are you writing?

A: A novel.

Q: What’s the story?

A: That’s no story. It’s just people, gestures, moments, bits of raptures, fleeting emotions…In short, the greatest story ever told.

Q: Are you in the story?

A: I don’t think so… But then, I’m kind of reading it, and then writing it.

(Waking Life, Richard Linklater, 2001)

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1. Two-slit experiment (*):

2. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

(*)  The picture and the explanation of the two-slit experiment taken from A brief history of time by Stephen W. Hawking:

‘If electrons are sent through the slits one at a time, one would expect each to pass through one slit or the other, and so behave just if the slit it passed through were the only one there –giving  a uniform distribution on the screen. In reality, however, even when the electrons are sent one at a time, the fringe still appear. Each electron, therefore, must be passing though both slits at the same time!

(…)

One way of visualizing the wave/particle duality is the so-called sum over histories introduced by the American scientist Richard Feynman. In this approach the particle is not supposed to have a single history or path in space-time, as it would in a classical, nonquantum theory. Instead it is supposed to go from A to B by every possible path.’ (emphasis added)

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My favourite directors

via turambar

‘OK. It’s high time to have this one too. Let’s keep the format proposed by ScreaminJay – 10 nominations, from 1 to 10, no tie-ins. I also propose you to write a short justification: why do you keep that director is such a high esteem? If you feel like, pls also give some other name that didn’t quite make your list, but that are close’.

1. Woody Allen — for being my best cinematic friend;
2. The Coen Brothers — fun loving geniuses;
3. Paul Thomas Anderson — for putting back the a in auteur;
4. Robert Altman — for nobody dared to have so many characters in a single frame;
5. Martin Scorsese — the american film director;
6. Orson Welles — for he is Orson Welles – the magician;
7. Ingmar Bergman — for all the whispers that I’ve heard and for all the cries that I’ve cried;
8. Federico Fellini –for choosing to become an adjective instead of an engineer;
9. Quentin Tarantino –for anyone is allowed one weakness;
10. Jean-Luc Godard (pre-1970) – for Anna Karina, and for rejuvenating the cinema.

-Stanley Kubrick
-Kar Wai Wong
-Corneliu Porumboiu
-Steven Spielberg
-Akira Kurosawa
-Francois Truffaut

-Alfred Hitchcock

-Pedro Almodovar
-Lucian Pintilie (for the best romanian movie ever)
and many more…

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Sunday Games

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