Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Idiot

 The Idiot, based on Dostoevsky’s novel,  is a 1951 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. Kurosawa writes:
"I had wanted to make The Idiot long before Rashomon. Since I was little I've liked Russian literature, but I find that I like Dostoevsky the best and had long thought that this book would make a wonderful film. He is still my favorite author, and he is the one — I still think — who writes most honestly about human existence."

“Dostoyevsky wanted to portray a genuinely good man. It may seem ironic choosing a young idiot as his hero. But in this world goodness and idiocy are often equated. This story tells of the destruction of a pure soul by a faithless world.”
Audio book...
Films by Kurosawa


Dennis Kusinich writes:

“No matter our politics, we must take the side of humanity, which encompasses us all, and demand an end to all violence which occurs, implicitly, in our name.

According to a CNN report yesterday, since July 8 a total of 548 Palestinians have been killed and around 3,300 others wounded.

The Times reports, "Israeli tanks opened fire on a hospital, pushing the death toll well over 500. Tank shells crashed through the third-floor of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in central Gaza, killing two patients and their relatives inside a medical ward and wounding scores hit by rubble and shrapnel. They were among at least 65 people killed or pulled dead from the rubble a day after the bloodiest 24 hours of the conflict saw 140 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers"

Below is an eloquent eye-witness testimony published Sunday, by a Norwegian physician attending to the Palestinian people under attack in Gaza. It is a powerful cry from the heart about the plight of innocent people beset by massive, horrifying injustice. “
Dennis Kucinich