Tuesday, 27 August 2002

Fundamentals of Archaeology: This class is go­ing to be easy. Two tests, two quizzes and thats all. Professor Schurr is a char­ac­ter, but I al­ready knew that. What I didn’t know is that he is a Super Tolkien Nerd like my­self. Bonus!

Cinema Ideologies: Taught by my FEMINIST, so­cial­ist, jew­ish, bud­dhist film prof Jill Godmilow. Learning how in­dus­trial cin­ema makes us think it solves prob­lems of race, gen­der, and class through its films when it merely re­in­forces hege­mony. it will be good.

Fencing Gym: an epe? fencer that left due to aca­d­e­mic rea­sons is now back, threat­en­ing my el­i­gi­bil­ity to travel. all i can do is work harder.

Cinema Ideologies Film Screening: Tod Browning’s Freaks.

As they pulled you out of the oxy­gen tent
you asked for the lat­est party
With your sil­i­con hump and your ten inch stump
Dressed like a priest you was,
Todd Browning streak he was
Crawling down the al­ley on your hands and knee,
I’m sure you’re not pro­tected, for its plain to see
Diamond Dogs are poach­ers, and they hide be­hind trees
Hunt you to the ground they will,
man­nequins with kill ap­peal

David Bowie, Diamond Dogs

an in­ter­est­ing film by all ac­counts, pro­duced by MGM but it was a very shoddy film in many of its con­ven­tions and ex­ploita­tive to the ex­treme. also full of melo­drama. sev­eral points of sub­tle ef­fect were ev­i­dent as well es­pe­cially in a way that por­trayed the cir­cus per­form­ers in a cu­ri­ously di­choto­mous way. al­though they ap­peared in a po­si­tion of power, their very phys­i­cal pres­ence made it laugh­able. this says some­thing very im­por­tant about the way we see phys­i­cal ec­cen­tric­ity.