A story of men.

Sunday, 25 December, Year 8 d.Tr. | Author: Mircea Popescu

I never cared much for my country, which is tragic because it's small, poor and generally speaking helpless. There aren't that many people who understand it, and it can scarcely afford the disinterest of those precious few who do -- yet it never manages to retain their goodwill.

But then again, tragedy is the only certainty of life ; and so for this Christmasi let's look at the stubborn whore in the best possible light. Let's wash her up, let's dress her up, let's make her up and then sit her down and let the cameras roll. Action!

There's a lot of action in Romanian cinema, especially in the Romanian New Wave. The reason is that Romanian cinema, without exception, is a story of men -- and the new wave especially so. Especially so, exactly like all the prior waves before it. Exactly like the entirety of Romania, society and language, prostitution and religious experience, economy and theosophy, geography and history, practical zootechny and functional analysis. How can this be ? Oh I don't know, it can be. Somehow, it can be.

Eu cind vreau sa fluier, fluierii is the story of a man. He's a taurine sort, the kind that carries the world on his back, undeterred by the plowing flies even should they occasionally bite. This man has a brother, a kid who respects him as a god (which is proper, because he is). The man also has a mother, who is a whore. She doesn't matter. The man also has a love interest, who is a maiden with pretty lips. Not much more than a cup of coffee comes of it, because the man also has a prison, which is run by a warden, with whom he has no substantial disagreement : they both aim to protect the kids from the whoresiii. The film has a very happy ending : after a brief exploratory excursion in the land of the maidens, the man trades his share of the maiden herdiv for nuking the whore that originally traded her share of this life to ruin his. These minor, transient impediments resolved, the man and his warden are reunited in his big house, and live there happily forever after. The end.

Marilena de la P7v is the story of a man. This man has a horde of whores, because he is a pimp. One of the whores is magical -- her touch surges electricity. She falls in love with an idiot, because she is a whorevi. A child recognizes the unicorn, and steals his parents' savings to gift her, and tries to steal the bus his father drives, too. The whole world. His reasoning is fundamentally judicious if defective in implementation. If the gimps don't hang him first he will be a man one day. The dumb whore, wilfully blind to all around her, cuts her own neck. She doesn't want to choose what must be chosen, she wants to choose what she wants to choose. This is what whores do, and what makes them whores. The world ends -- la joie'st ailleurs.

Occidentvii is the story of a man. He is a colonel in the local police, which practically means he has a few men and a whole lot of gimps at his command. He also has two women - one cooks and the other opens the door. He doesn't think very much of either, but then again what can you do. They do each other's hair. He has a daughther, with the infangwif, and acquires a son through the offices of the outfangwif (who runs the equivalent institution for girls), in the shape of one of her workers' ex boyfriend. The man's daughter is a whore ; his son almost could have been a man -- but isn't. The whole film is essentially the story of the man trading out the whore for the broken son because who knows, maybe he can be fixed. God knows she can't be. The entire transaction is practically facilitated by a magical Jew with a ponytail from Germany that the man showed kindness to once, in a different life.

I understand that you'd like for women to have a voice in this world. That's nice, and Romania'd also like to matter in the eyes of those men who matter. Sadly the solution to these far fetched desires doesn't come in the shape of idle pretense.

What can you do ?

  1. Do you know what Christmas is, incidentally ?

    I don't think this is possible, outside of Orthodox practice. I also don't think it matters, but then again that's my priviledge. []

  2. 2010, by Florin Serban, with George Pistereanu. []
  3. And for that matter from their allies, the faceless gimps. You know, like you. Like everyone you ever knew. Or will ever meet.

    You're, to quote some random idiot, "engaged in a war against terrorism with that ideology". As the Romanian expression goes, nu va vad in clar. []

  4. Yes, exactly : his share of the maiden herd. "Consensual relations" in the sense that you'd better find someone to consent with, and quickly. Or else. []
  5. 2006, by Cristian Nemescu, with Aura Calarasu []
  6. Not by occupation, which is incidental, but by substance. This is what whores do, and what makes them whores : falling for idiots. []
  7. 2002, by Cristian Mungiu, with Dorel Visan []
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  1. "Intr-una din zile, Cristian filma de pe bloc, iar noi stateam jos, in fata blocului, asteptand sa se dea comanda 'Motor!', cand, la parterul unui bloc, o femeie a iesit la geam si ne-a luat la intrebari: 'Fetelor, asa stati voi pe strasse? Aici, la noi, fetele nu 'presteaza' imbracate cu fusta scurta, asa e alea de pe centura! Fetele noastre nu e asa, ele poarta blugi!'. Vazandu-l pe Andi Vasluianu, care joaca rolul 'Pestelui', i-a facut semn sa se apropie de fereastra: 'Baiatu', ia vino putin... Fetele astea este de-ale noastre sau e actrite, ce e cu fetele astea?'. Andi i-a raspuns ca, intr-adevar, este vorba despre actrite profesioniste. 'Hai, sa mori tu!'. Ne-am amuzat copios, bineinteles, si, timp de cateva zile, Andi a facut bancuri pe tema aceasta", rade Madalina.

    Woman has normative things to contribute!

  2. Mircea Popescu`s avatar
    Mircea Popescu 
    Sunday, 25 December 2016


  3. Mircea Popescu`s avatar
    Mircea Popescu 
    Monday, 15 June 2020

    On re-read this article suffers greatly from the "whore" ambiguity. The word is used here in the sense & with the intension of common parlance ; but meanwhile thought and writ have created it into a term of art, which shares some similarities but also dissonates quite drastically in places. In particular " This is what whores do, and what makes them whores." can't possibly stand as it is anymore -- but neither do I wish to alter the record.

    Let's just say "curvele noastre's mai bune decit curvele lor" and leave it at that.

  4. You could just say this is what dumb whores do, and what makes them dumb whores.

  5. Mircea Popescu`s avatar
    Mircea Popescu 
    Monday, 15 June 2020

    That's indeed how the tension's been resolved in practice ever since the problem arose.

  1. [...] This problem is neither apanage or exclusivity of the poorly educated. It being a matter of socialization, education has little impact except for the case it's outright education in the very field, which in no case happens at all in Romania (whatever they use those words for around here is linguistic abuse), and so education through immersion has a greater effect on those who are somehow fortunate to receive specialist education than the respective education itself! With examples : Two jailbirds, Blondu and Silviu, face each other. Blondu bitchslaps Silviu, and then spits in his face. Silviu does nothing. Blondu leaves, saying to all those present : this is my slave, spit on him if you will. This is what Mr. Geoana received from Mr. Vanghelie yesterday, notwithstanding he's not blondvii and the scene is from a story of men. [...]

  2. [...] as he is, infantile, immature, entirely worthless. (And obviously, yet again, the whole story is a story of men and [...]

  3. [...] going to start making actual movies, at some point, somewhere ? Rhetorical question, of course, the Romanians have, for a while, the Italians have as well, there's the early Tarantino and the early Guy Ritchie and [...]

  4. [...] his face with his hands, he thought only of the need to rid these young men, here and now, of the influence that had befallen them. His conscience insisted that he must. He uncovered his face, and held up [...]

  5. [...] No, none of that crap. Adult love, between a young man who knows himself to be a man and young women who know themselves to be women. Not girls. Women. Not singular, either. Fucking plural. Because reasons. [...]

  6. [...] the story : a stubborn man, a bull of a man was spending his days powering through the world on sheer strength, dreaming his little, ruminant, [...]

  7. [...] far be it from me to defend Romania, it's a shameful pit of idiocy, and always was, and besides, it appears to be coming to a natural [...]

  8. [...] Businessi is a very optimistic take on that age old problem of the rotten son (and very strictly a story of men, like all stories ever were, and forever will be). It goes like so : Mac marries some Sicilian [...]

  9. [...] was in fact confused with the Sun and properness. Will a natural directness, a firm solarity, a square sort of dullness save you from the scum of your own nature and the collaborating pressures of the shitty environment [...]

  10. [...] le pop is supposed to be a proper orthodox priest. As you might've guessed, it's complicated. [↩]Let's quote Flaubert: Da, Doamne, ploaie, ca-s cimpurile uscate ca [...]

  11. [...] the state ? It's irrelevant, uninteresting and unimportant. There's also girlies, who hound the male heroiv for absolutely no external reason, in the sense that they roundly understand and unhesitatingly [...]

  12. [...] act of redemption, by a very typical one of the idiots, who takes upon him the purely symbolic "punishment" in exchange of permanently protecting the ape culture & civilisation from any possible shred [...]

  13. [...] sporchi e cattivii captivatingly retells the story of a rather virile man. He has a wife, for 30 years, and a large family, for which he's sacrificed tantoii as well as a [...]

  14. [...] thirty years old, this, entirely lost in the mists. But a wise man once said, Bai baieti, ascultati la mine. Azi pentru voi e o zi importanta, ca sa stiti ca prima [...]

  15. [...] is in the home", something she isn't even necessarily adverse to -- she could see herself playing infangwif for this particular guy. On one condition, and then only : that he agrees she's a [...]

  16. [...] the man's infangwif, who is not specifically tied to the man but in general open to hijack by anything "manly" in a [...]

  17. [...] is the misnamed story of male confrontation, enstaged between the usual alpha and the usual beta. That the politically engaged derps involved [...]

  18. [...] or Muma lui Stefan cel Mare and so following (but nobody really cares about Romanian, as is doubtlessly proper and perhaps for the best). Nor is it always Romanian, either : there's Russian and Greek and all [...]

  19. [...] old man's blue eyes that definitively settles the point. The women do exceedingly well, both the magical child and the cynical loner, the Jackie Brown inexplicably caught here without her dirty red [...]

  20. [...] coming from the same place outside : directed activity, revolution around the establishing rod of manhood is the key to female [...]

  21. [...] the affairs of mankind women are objects, not agents, nor subjects. It's all, through&through, a story of men. Okay ? [↩]... "to assuage my own terrors on the topic. Hey, guise, wanna hear how I fixed [...]

  22. [...] wasn't at that point about to turn back to do these intolerable fucks a favour, which is what my taking pictures always fucking is -- I've yet to encounter that thing [...]

  23. [...] have been made, at any point during the intervening five year plan, by someone else, someone who likes them. [↩] Category: Zsilnic Comments feed : RSS 2.0. Leave your own comment below, or [...]

  24. [...] in a fine position to understand the story of Buck Howard. Unlike me, he "fucking loves this town". I don't, I'm the spirit of disdain when it comes to these things, which I suppose would make me evil, if [...]

  25. [...] the point where he changes his mind, by driving a) nuts enough to actually steal the parents' cc (a very safe move, you realise wife's gonna blame daddy not you, duh). All this "work" was generally accomplished by [...]

  26. [...] end of it. [↩]Called Paula in the film, for extra lulz. Because, of course, the young whore's also magical. [↩]This should also explain the fabulous products of said Romanian New Wave : propagandists [...]

  27. [...] [↩]Piangere, chiarnire, samew difference [↩]Avete perdude il Sole, you've lost your man (yes, man and sun are interchangeable concepts). [↩]Straight up Latin, second-person plural [...]

  28. [...] as it happens, will be paid by the offspring. Not everyone is capable of actually reconstructing an ideal Romania more authentic than the "real" Romania such as it supposedly "exists" (except it doesnt). In fact, [...]

  29. [...] spurious pretense bolted-on with spitglue, like in say City Hall), it being entirely and throughout a story of men (and of how and wherefore they make their own "women"iv, out of their own number). Somehow in this [...]

  30. [...] whether we're French with no, I'm Romanian ; and the girls too ? No, they're from the US. That sad old whore pretending (ever less credibly) to countryhood never had an ambassador quite as forcefully efectual [...]

  31. [...] this was just idle prattle of the sort typical to them ; but over time the moron enabler, the human bovine, adding effort upon piled effort eventually got us to this cursed state wherein hunger is no longer [...]

  32. [...] passively for his son to come to him, by himself, on his own power ? What's more important than his own son, cuz money for sure fucking isn't nor could ever be, and he's insanely decided to hate the bitches [...]

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