Archive for March 2009
Marco Ferreri, was an Italian film director, actor and screen playwright who died at age 68 in 1997. He is considered one of the most original Italian cinematic artists. His works initially, speak of his personal adversaries of manhood which, in turn are comprehended and can be sympathized with worldwide and on many levels; political, philosophical, historical, ethical and primal. His acclaimed film Don’t Touch the White Woman encompasses these adversaries and are experienced through his main character, Custer and various supporting male characters. A Parisian no man’s land sets the stage for a Western saga of an influential political man who faces the “new frontier.” He, and other characters, are confronted with decisions to do with gentrification, temptation and competition, among other pressures. Although the story is an archetypical wild western with cowboys and indians, the plot is universal. Colonization is universal. Love is universal. Temptation is universal. Death and war and counterculture is universal so is personal and political ideological competition. We see this and know this exists throughout history and throughout the news and other media today. For example, its no secret that Britain colonized India and now India has somewhat recolonized Britain. Or, that Indians initially colonized the Americas, only to be recolonized again by the western Europeans… and then, subserviently, Latin Americans and now, Africans. These are specific histories that encompass a cycle of gentrification. However, Ferreri steers away from this and uses the history and outcome of the Vietnam and Algerian Wars to parody his film.
Ironically though, Paris is Ferreri’s stage for such a “New Frontier” narrative. And France’s identity, quite like Italy’s, is not a current issue and is in fact more ingrained in the deep depths of history. A history which has suffered or perhaps benefited from the lack of, at the time, globalization and mass media documentation (eg. propaganda). From here, one could speak of entropy in today’s society of knowledge and opinion and access. But I’ll stop here and ask;
So with this said and with all we know of current events, where in the world, today, is this new frontier?