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RIP Angela Lansbury (1925 – 2022)

Lansbury zingt “Little Yellow Bird” (1903) in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

Angela Lansbury was een Britse-Amerikaanse-Ierse actrice die carrière maakte in Hollywood en daar in heel wat films speelde.

Raakvlakken met ons universum zijn The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) en Gaslight (1944). Dorian Gray, omdat het een van de beste verhalen uit de fantastische traditie is, en Gaslight omdat het een populaire term geworden is in de narcismebestrijding, een met veel enthousiasme uitgeoefende maatschappelijke opdracht van deze tijd. Ook omdat mijn vader mij die film liet zien toen ik jong was en dat maakte heel veel indruk op me, hoe die vrouw op den duur aan haar eigen zintuigen begint te twijfelen.

Naar aanleiding van Lansburys dood zag ik een interview met haar door een Amerikaanse filmjournalist (die ook al dood is). Iemand commentarieerde dat Lansbury nergens ontkent dat ze een goede actrice is — geen valse bescheidenheid toont dus — en toch zeer sympathiek overkomt. Dat doet ze zeker. En wat die lof betreft, u weet wat de La Rochefoucauld zei: ‘lof weigeren is twee keer geprezen willen worden.

RIP Angela Lansbury

RIP Michel Bouquet (1925 – 2022)

The Toy, house buying scene

Michel Bouquet was a French actor known for appearances in such films as The Toy (1976) in which he plays a caricature of a ruthless business tycoon.

In the film, the spoiled son of the business magnate asks for a human as a plaything.

In the scene above, the father enters a house and makes an exuberant offer to buy the house if its owners pack their bags ans leave immediately.

RIP Mikis Theodorakis (1925 – 2021)

Final scene in Zorba the Greek in which lust-for-life Anthony Quinn teaches bookworm Alan Bates how to dance.

Mikis Theodorakis was a Greek composer famous for writing the sirtaki for the film Zorba the Greek (1964). This piece of music is has become the embodiment of Greece, it is the most archetypal Greek music. More than that, it is definitely one of the most famous melodies of the 20th century, recognized — I think — by the majority of people in the world, wherever they live. On that last point, I have no evidence.

He was an opponent of the Greek junta, which like Salazar in Portugal and Franco in Spain, put Greece under the rule of a fascist military dictatorship until the mid 1970s.

Z (1969), trailer

I give also you the trailer of Z (1969), the music you hear is Theodorakis’s. Z is a work of political fiction, an indictment of the then-fascist Greece.

RIP Albert Bandura (1925 – 2021)

Bob doll experiment explained by Bandura himself

Albert Bandura was a Canadian-American psychologist at Stanford University best known for the 1961 Bobo doll experiment in which a child was shown and adult mistreating a doll, after which the child imitated the adult.

The experiment was of some import in the influence of mass media debate.

RIP Alberto Grimaldi (1925 – 2021)

Alberto Grimaldi was an Italian film producer known for producing The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Last Tango in Paris, but more importantly for us, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom by Pasolini.

That Sodom film you don’t need to see to form an opinion about. It’s better just to read about it and let it lead you to the manuscript by Sade on which it was based.

That book has the lines:

“How many times, damn it, have I not desired that one could attack the sun, deprive the universe of it, or use it to set fire to the world”.

But I digress.

RIP Jean Raspail (1925 – 2020)

Jean Raspail was a French author best known for his novel The Camp of the Saints (1973), which is about mass third-world immigration to Europe.


Samuel Huntington in Clash of Civilizations (1996) described the novel as “searing” which was translated into Dutch as “ophitsend” which translates as ‘inciting’. He classified it as a product of “demographic pessimism”.

RIP Michel Piccoli (1925 – 2020)

Michel Piccoli was a French actor of the generation of Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort and yes, Yves Montand.

Of note is his work with Marco Ferreri (Dillinger Is Dead, La Grande Bouffe, The Last Woman and Don’t Touch the White Woman!); with Luis Buñuel (Diary of a Chambermaid Belle de jour, The Milky Way, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Phantom of Liberty); and Jean-Luc Godard (Contempt).

In The Milky Way (1969) he plays Marquis de Sade.

Then there is the iconic La Grande Bouffe (1973), the story of three bourgeois men who decide to eat themselves to death.

Later I saw Themroc (1973), one of the strangest counterculture films where he played opposite the tragic but delightful Patrick Dewaere.

Watching clips on YouTube, you see him with Romy Schneider in The Things of Life (1970), my god what a beautiful woman she was.