In Freud’s masterwork “On Narcissism,” he connected narcissism with the desire to remain in a state of infancy, arguably a by-product of the fact that human beings take longer to develop independence than any other species.
“What is it about us, as humans. that needs to tell stories? Why are we so desperate to have narrative? Why is it not possible for us to just live in the mess? We have to create this kind of art of storytelling around the events in our lives. Otherwise, like, it’s just too much. It’s just too bewildering.”
—Sarah Polley (The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, May 22, 2013)
You may have heard that The Pope is suddenly cool with homosexuality.
In an interview with America Magazine, Pope Francis I said some very wise and odd things. He didn’t go so far as to change the Vatican’s position on social issues like homosexuality or reproductive rights, but he suggested that perhaps they would better spend their time on other issues. The result, as you might guess, was confusion and outrage among the demagogue community and excitement everywhere else.
We also learned about Pope Francis I’s taste in movies. Apparently he’s got a thing for classic Italian cinema, and grew up with Anna Magnani and Aldo Fabrizi. The two films he mentioned by name as his favorites are Federico Fellini’s “La Strada” and Roberto Rossellini’s “Rome, Open City.” Pretty cool trivia, right?
I think it’s more than trivia. Basically, the Pope’s relationship with cinema and his understanding of the fights over homosexuality and contraception are equal parts of the same philosophy. The religious ideas in “La Strada” and “Rome, Open City” are complements to the pontiff’s new openness, part and parcel of a single worldview. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that these films turned the young Jorge Mario Bergoglio into a liberal, but there’s a connection that goes beyond simple taste. And so instead of talking about queer cinema this week, I’d like to take some time to examine how some old straight films have influenced a new straight Pope to be kinder and more philosophically open to gay people.
The power of cinema, ladies and gentleman!
Who says surrealist cinema can’t change the world?
wait… bounce came from gay rappers?!?
fuck, yeah, New Orleans
this gives me hope for America, and reminds me of a quote I saw last week about the voice of a generation not really being clear until years later. one can hope
Francine Kreiss at work
nope. fuck that. this will be in my nightmares soon.
Then, when we can bear to wait no longer, I will fuck your brains out, which I can only say once because to utter that word again would jeopardize our PG-13 rating. We will make love in every way imaginable, assuming you only know two or three ways and don’t expect oral sex.