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I have no doubt that you would be bored senseless by therapy, The same
way I’m bored when I brush my teeth and wipe my ass. Because the thing
about repairing, maintaining, and cleaning is it’s not an adventure.
There’s no way to do it so wrong you might die. It’s just work. And the
bottom line is, some people are okay going to work, and some people
would rather die. Each of us gets to choose.


Audience, “Is he an artist? He has a view of art, but I don’t think…” As
opposed to someone like Vicky. That’s a very good point and always
debated about whether an impresario is an artist. Sergei Diaghilev, the
impresario of The Rite of Spring, ‘Oh Picasso, let’s get Jean Cocteau,
and Igor Stravinsky together’. He is an incredible guy who helped
develop the art concept of modern art through his work, to put people
together with a vision, all the different visions together, to create
such ground-breaking work.

Don’t waste your time on a man/woman, who isn’t willing to waste their
time on you.

The reason anyone would do this is,if they could,which they can’t,would
be because they could.

A wonderful territory,what is creativity, every one stole from everybody
back then. And what is the price of it. I know from teaching students at
Santa Clara, they are always confused by that, because we live in a
world demanding a certain kind of behavior. It is exemplary utilitarian,
to pay the bills. They have to deal with Mom and Dad, go through 3
programs like marketing, to justify the cost of a dance program at SCU.
It’s almost glandular urge, you are born that way and to express
yourself that way. And they pushed and pulled everything else, because
they understand what it takes to create something.

I learned the value of hard work by
working hard.

I’ll make it up as I go.

I have tried so hard to be Lermontov in my life. Look at my hair, I got
the hair thing going.(Laughter) He is the puppet master, the subtle
little things he does to manipulate. My personal favorite, when
Lermontov is making his way to Julian, doing a big speech of hiring and
firing and you shouldn’t do that, he just goes “good morning gentlemen”.
He got complete control of sixty guys in the pit, that little “good
morning gentlemen”, as he is in the middle of a conversation. Anything I
can copy and use in my life, I would recommend.

Remember, the world we live in is always results-oriented.

Cosmic apotheosis wears off faster than salvia.

Mark walking tiptoed to the front of the room, when the film closes with
an awed audience.

But it will nevertheless be a contribution of ours if we can devote part
of our lifetime to opening up a way, long or short, for the future

So,to be clear,I sometimes reference the geopolitical complexities of
the topic which is not the same as going to an anti-Semitic place.

On Technicolor: Lermontov is getting paler, almost like a vampire near
the end, with that cool shades. Looks like Lermontov has a seduction
thing going on probably. But what’s neat about the film is they don’t
play quite broadly, uba uba you know. His demeanor throughout the whole
film, very asexual, or polysexual, has an amorphous quality to his
sexuality, through the great performance of Anton Walbrook. He wanted to
possess her, may not be sexual, but the body and soul for dancing. It’s
laid out in the end without habahaba, we are going to die together. We
are going to create something. Life is boring. Life is stupid. It’s
bills, ipads, who cares. You got to join the theatre, and dance and
devote yourself to the thing. Because there is something greater,
grander, bigger than you, that’s what seduction is all about.


To get wriggledy wriggedy wrecked,son!

The famous or infamous curtain speech of Lermontov, quite controversial,
it even surprised Michael Powell, when they were shooting it. They
didn’t even know whether to keep it, OMG, it’s so weird. But they
realized the actor has discovered something, that he had to go to this
place of hysteria. Suddenly there is no more difference between life and
art. They are acting out, their passion, in front of us. And of course
the film is structured that way, we come into the film with a roaring
crowd. We are part of the roaring crowd, throughout the film we are the
audience for everyone’s performance, the images they create. It’s a
great movie that everyone is creating images and fighting them, who sees
what and how people react to each other that way.

No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is, won’t make you

Pssh. White-people problems,Morty.

“The image was everything, the image drove the film. There was no plot
any more. The image kept making the plot. The great set designed by Hein
Heckroth, the ground-breaking ballet sequence in particular. The film
suddenly became avant-garde experimental film. It became image upon
image upon image, closer to music, closer to abstract painting. Raging
Bull by Martin Scorsese is an acknowledgement to this film. I sometimes
watched them double bill and crawled out in the end, drenched in sweat
actually. (Laughter) It is a great revolutionary breakthrough in film
making. Even today’s The Wolf of Wall Street, image upon image upon
image. It’s boring selling a novel or a play when someone walks in and
say I love you. It’s the colors, shapes, each moving through time and
space, which replaced dialogues, and become the inner world of the
people involved, into the psychology of it. It’s always an extraordinary

Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t
mean they don’t love you with all they have.

Save it for the Semantics Dome,E.B. White.

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Our time is limited, don’t waste time on those useless things and
useless people.

Listen,you have my words as a caregiver.

The Red Shoes commentary from Cupertino Library Winter Film Series

Yes, some problems were caused by the deficiencies of my programs, but
some just resulted from misoperations. 

All right,third time’s the charm.


Take it easy. This is a blessing in disguise.

Therefore,succeed or fail, one is considered to have made a
contribution so long as he has tried his utmost.