G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dolls: Buster Keaton, Raj Kapoor

Raj Kapoor was influenced by Buster Keaton, he talks about it in the book-   'Raj Kapoor: Speaks' by Ritu Nanda in the chapter 'Making of Mera Naam Joker'. 

(This year I have watched quite a few pre-1950 American films and their influence on Hindi films is far more than I previously imagined. More on that in 2015.)


When I saw the picture above, on Facebook, of Buster Keaton along with his doll, I remembered unforgettable song from Mera Naam Joker, 1970: 'Jane Kahan Gaye Woh Din' (singer: Mukesh, Lyricist: Hasrat Jaipuri Music: Shankar Jaikishan)

That song alone demonstrates how talented Mr. Kapoor was, although I have always felt that the talent was not always harnessed fully cinematically. 


courtesy: Shemaroo and the current owner of the copyright to the feature

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