Monday, April 18, 2011

Is Barroso Peter Sellars in disguise?

I only ask because I came across this great pile of steaming platitudes, and I thought of the magnificent Party Political Speech created by Peter Sellars in 1958,

"Future belongs to those who prepare for it today. The future is now."
"Does this mean, I hear you cry, that we can no longer look forward to the future that is to come?"
Somebody has questioned Sellars own politics, and I checked and was impressed to discover this defence of free speech and opposition to a no platform policy,
In January 1960, the British Film Institute announced a film lecture series; among the guest speakers were Sellers, the leftist film gadfly Ivor Montagu and Leni Riefenstahl, director of the Hitler documentary "Triumph of the Will" a quarter-century before. Montagu denounced Riefenstahl, the BFI revoked her invitation, and Sellers, the half-Jewish comic, issued this modest, brave statement in defense of Hitler's favorite director: "Miss Riefenstahl has presumably been invited to lecture because of her outstanding talents as a filmmaker. Alongside her contributions to the art of filmmaking, our efforts, if I may say so, Mr Montagu, appear very puny indeed." And Sellers' gesture appears both brave and gallant.


Whistle said...

On hearing that Sellars track,I remembered the rest of the LP I haven't heard it now for over 40yrs,so,I searched on Amazon and bought it.Thank you very much,England Expects.

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