I spent all of Saturday evening into Sunday night watching one of the great epic pictures of all times. Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Novecento” 1900. The whole movie takes about six hours to watch and it is 6 hours of cinematic bliss.
Some 45 minutes into the picture I realized that it would never be possible to make a movie like that today for several reasons which can yet be summarized into one. It is honest.
It is honest about Sex and Love.
It is honest about Rich and Poor
It is honest about Courage and Cowardice.
During the train station scene above, by far not the most important of the movie, it struck me. Workers and peasants have sent off their kids to learn, they have fought, suffered and died. They have organized and worked hard for our freedom and prosperity. For us.
We threw it away. We sacrificed it for empty promises. We’re no better off than before their struggles. And lest we realize it, we will not be shown a movie just like that. Not today. The padrone is still here.
This is our Open thread. Honestly.