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Where have all the flowers gone Lili Marlene?

Sarajevo, 28th of June 1914, Gavrilo Princip fulfills his destiny. He was the banana peel the 20th century slipped on, the most slippery trap the self-absorbed and arrogant 19th could have ever produce in its putrid and negligent superiority. What an awkward fall it was the 20th desperately trying to regain balance hanging on to the 21st. Ridiculous death dance. Meanwhile the tenant at no. 12 Spielgasse, Zürich, Volodya Ulianov (Lenin), got really drunk on Marx and Dada just down the street at Caffe Voltaire and perfected the fall to a domino effect. He said “of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important”. That can still sound really appealing to cinema lovers and cineastes. He knew what a reality-distorting, illusion-feeding medium cinema can be. That it can serve politics the way biblia paupera served religion; emotionally dominating the masses, feeding fear, annihilating reason. Cinema gained its formal independence and identity in the bloody mires of last century’s wars and totalitarian regimes but it’s content was suffocated by political propaganda. Lev Kulesov, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Sergei Eisenstein and Leni Riefenstahl were slaves in the mire feeling like heroes. Everybody, just hang on tight to freedom, reason, and memory!

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