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A little dart pub in Dallas and Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death

Monday 9/4/23

It's eight in the morning and I've been working for eight hours already. Now I'll run stairs and later I'll go to the Brattle for a screening of Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death.

As I've said, one of the only places in the world that you will encounter writing that might move you is on YouTube in the comments for true works of art. Those works of art bring out something different in people.

I thought I'd share the film with someone I know who is struggling with illness and the effects illness has on life, so I went looking to see if it was available in full anywhere for free, and I found it on YouTube. I scrolled down to check the comments--I usually do that--and came across the following, which I'll paste in verbatim here. I'm not endorsing anything about "the women of today"--besides, I'm much more apt to look at the people of today than to single any group out for blame over any other. The group is people.

But still: look at this. It really does say a lot. The empaths, the would-be empaths, and the ought-to-be empaths--and all of us are in there somewhere--should watch this film.

Also: stairs.

"I watched this movie sitting at the bar of a little dart pub in Dallas, along with six or seven other men, in 1973-74, and all of us were spellbound. Quite an accomplishment to entrance a bunch of freight dock workers. The moment then was somewhat magical, just like conductor 71 showing up and stopping time. Today, forty six years later, I am left with the impression that the empaths of the world should watch this at least once, and maybe all of those who can't see beyond their cell phone, or face book page. The dedication of this woman, puts the women of today to shame. Every woman I have known would have forsaken him after the second hallucination, for some man, more 'perfect'. I am so glad I got to see this one more time, before my time arrives."


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