Viridiana - Mocking Charity
The idea that the poor are just as sinful as the rich doesn't seem too revolutionary, until you look at the majority of Western art and literature. Usually we get the Charles Dickens trope. If only the mean rich people were to leave and the poor people were put in charge, things would run more smoothly. Viridiana in contrast, might have been written by Ayn Rand. It's about as anti-populist as you can get. Rand however, would have tossed in a Prometheus or two. Buñuel's Calvinistic misanthropy allows for no heroes.
How To Tell If You're In A Dream
How do we know we’re in the “real reality” and not in a dreamlike state, in someone else’s dream, in Tommy Westphall’s snow globe, in The Matrix, a brain in a vat, in Plato’s Cave, on The Truman Show or creations in The Sims 12? As Nolan demonstrates in Inception, we can’t. Last month, director Errol Morris wrote a New York Times series on ‘The Anosognosic’s Dilemma.’ It’s about Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns.” We simply don’t know when we don’t know the limits of our own knowledge, either individually or collectively.