मेघदूत: "नीचैर्गच्छत्युपरि च दशा चक्रनेमिक्रमेण"

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.”

Albert Einstein: “I am content in my later years. I have kept my good humor and take neither myself nor the next person seriously.” (To P. Moos, March 30, 1950. Einstein Archives 60-587)

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, April 13, 2017

बारा ज्यूरी मेम्बरान...12 Hangry Men

60 years ago, on April 13 1957, a great film,  '12 Angry Men', directed by Sidney Lumet was released.

भारतात शेवटची ज्यूरी-ट्रायल १९५९साली झाली : नानावटी मर्डर केस. त्यावर आधारित आणखी एक सिनेमा २०१६साली काढण्यात आला. श्री. अक्षय कुमार यांना त्यातील त्यांच्या भूमिकेसाठी नुकताच राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार मिळाला. मी तो सिनेमा बघितला नाहीय व बघणार पण नाहीय. 'ये रास्ते है प्यार के', १९६३ हा सिनेमा मात्र मला बऱ्यापैकी आवडला होता. कै रवींचे संगीत आणि कै  लीला नायडूंच दिसण ह्या त्यातला सगळ्यात मोठ्या जमेच्या  गोष्ट होत्या / आहेत.

American crime story, a TV series that premiered in 2016, shows, among other things, the problems, to put it mildly, with a jury trial.  It's tragicomic to watch the way system comes apart as the days go by.

The men and women felt like hostages at the hotel - and were treated that way by some of the deputies
courtesy: FX  network and Daily Mail, UK

12 Angry Men is a trial film that tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt.

Here is a cartoonist's take on the film. 

Which is better? The cartoon or the film? (खालील चित्रातील उभे गृहस्थ आहेत, उत्कृष्ट काम केलेले, थोडेसे टकले, हेन्री फोन्डा)