Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Musings on the 1970 movie The Garden of the Finzi-Continis and Woody Allen, 2010

By Ma LibertyBelle

Recently, Woody Allen was quoted by a Spanish language newspaper to have said it would good if Barack Obama could be a dictator for a few years. The story was carried by several internet sites including
Gateway Pundit.

The utter reality-defying, dream-walking, finger-in-the-ears quality of Woody Allen's statement reminded me of an old but amazingly well-done movie entitled, "The Gardens of the Finzi-Continis". The movie is about a very wealthy Italian Jewish family in 1938 when Mussolini's racial laws are beginning to take force.
There really was such a family. In an article in the The Jewish Weekly (November 19, 1999), Nora Contini (a family descendent) writes,
Contini is an old Italian Jewish name. The book on which the film was based was written by Giorgio Bassani, a contemporary of my father's. The book, however, is a novel, and like most novels it is a mosaic of fact and fiction. The name is ours, but the story is a blend of many families and many fantasies.
One movie reviewer summarized the story thus:
Like similar ones of his Nazi brethren, (Mussolini's) laws start to clamp down on the rights of people of Jewish lineage. The proscribed list includes no servants, no phone listings, no library privileges, no public schools, and no obituaries. And it goes on and on. As the show opens, however, the law's harshness seems irrelevant to our protagonists. Biking through spectacular scenery, a group of affluent (Jewish) college students is the embodiment of serenity.
Another review says:
Simply stated, THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS is a dream. Not a dream in any conventional sense, but a dream nevertheless. It is set in Italy just before and during the start of World War II. The aristocratic Jewish families in the story live in a dream world believing fascism will leave their plush existence untouched. [Emphasis added]
This seems to be the kind of dream world that Woody Allen and other Hollywood radicals like Sean Penn and Michael Moore inhabit. They embrace dictators like Venzuela's Hugo Chavez and pine for an American Dictator of their very own. Such a Dictator could accomplish SO MUCH GOOD! Of course, THEIR personal wealth, extensive and ostentatious real estate holdings, freedom of unfettered travel, unlimited consumption of energy resources and opulent luxury items, etc., would NOT be touched by any of the American Dictator's policies and actions.

THEY would be part of the In-Crowd. They would be standing at the side of or sitting at the feet
of the American Dictator, occasionally whispering observations and tidbits of advice into his ears, patting his back and high-fiving the nationalization of industries, the expropriation of family ranches for redistribution to the landless, the rationing of consumer use of water, electricity, natural gas and gasoline (see the blog of a young woman living in Chavez's Venezuela).

This is the only possible explanation for the idiocies that emerge from the mouths of Woody Allen and radical left Hollywood. Of course, the same must be said about the feminists, the gays and lesbians, the jet set hedonists, the MSM "journalists", left-wing politicians, and even some christian church members who deny the existence of rabid radical islam and excuse any outrage perpetrated by adherents while screaming Allah Akbar!

Based on Woody Allen's personal life choices (such as molesting and then marrying an adopted daughter), one might judge his latest statement as just evidence of his personal mental imbalance...Oh, if it were only this one pathetic little man who is so deluded.


  1. I used to like you. I thought you were a courageous independent spark in drink-the-koolaid, bandwagony Seattle. Even though I don't always agree with you (I am an anti-deficit, anti-bailout teapartier with mixed feelings on health care) I was darned excited to learn you exist in a Seattle where even moderates can feel lonely sometimes.

    But this is a plant from Fox News. Don't you know how it works? Fox/MSNBC seeds an article designed to evoke outrage and conservative/liberal dupes dutifully make it viral.

    As a fellow Oxford alum, I'd love to see you do us proud by rendering an intelligent, independent interpretation through critical processes rather than being a predictable dupe. Just sayin'....

  2. Uh... my mom wrote this article. Chill out.

  3. A 1970 movie and Woody Allen? Just an old lady's ruminations. Give Belle a break, Sonny...or Missy

  4. No matter how you feel about the Woody Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, I think it's a little over-the-top to suggest Woody Allen molested his stepdaughter before marrying her. That's the kind of hyperbole one expects from Tea Party people. Categorizing Woody Allen as a molester suggests that you aren't somebody who can be trusted with you interpretation of the world.

    Also: Soon-Yi was 22 when she started a five-year pre-marital relationship with Woody Allen. Depicting her as a victim is to turn this adult woman into an infant who is incapable of making her own decisions as an adult. Their marriage has lasted longer than they typical "red-state" marriage.

    PS: Woody Allen is a comedian. I think his comments should be interpreted through that realization.

    PPS: Whining about Liberal Hollywood Elitists is kinda of hackneyed, considering the immense wealth and elitism of some of the most vocal advocates of the Tea Party movement. Glenn Beck would rather die than live in a Kansas suburb, and I'm sure the wine in the cellar of his massive mansion in New Canaan, Connecticut is French. (Nothing wrong with that, but I'm not the one constantly trying to label 'real' vs 'fake' America by whining about elitists.)

  5. It's so typical of an anti-Tea Partier to use inflammatory language and to defend a disgusting older man taking advantage of his step-daughter no matter the age.

    Nice attempt at projection btw.

  6. First of all, I wouldn't consider Woody Allen to be a serious political commentator.

    Secondly, I had a realization many years ago that living in a dictatorship under the ruler who shares all of your values would not feel like a dictatorship. You would be able to live your life as you please because that's they way the dictator requires you to live. Allen's joke about an Obama dictatorship reflects this, just as you might fantasize about a Bush, Cheney or Ron Paul dictatorship.

    Thirdly, there is a HUGE difference between Obama and Mussolini. Remind me, according to Obama, the elimination which ethnic or religious group would benefit society? ... Oh, none. Contrast that to to elements of the political right that are moving closer to making Islam the enemy of God's people.

  7. Please, please, please keep pushing this craziness. Woody Allen, are you serious? Obviously mother has the same disorder as the daughter- Redistributing Nonsense!

    I keep waiting for real solutions, rather than just complaining and victimization. I guess I will have to wait for Glenn Beck to unveil The Plan, so that we all know how to live.

    But again, please continue to take random quotes and extrapolate them into some ridiculous conclusion. If nothing else, it is great for a laugh.

  8. Please, please, please continue to twist yourself into a tizzy over a simple observation and analysis, and keep those ad hominem attacks coming as they surely raise the bar in any debate. Also, I'll let you in on a little secret. Come on, come closer... not every blog entry posits a solution to societal ills! GASP! Surprising, but true. Now run along back to Media Matters and return when you are willing to have a real, mature discussion about the post. Toodles!

  9. Wow Belle, you are awfully defensive. And when have you actually tried to have a discussion about any topic?

    I was not referring to just the one posting that offered no solution, I was talking about you in total.

    I went to the Tax Day Rally and it was more of the same. Bitch, bitch, bitch- the left does this, they are taking our freedoms, Founders this. No accountability and no attempt to get to root problmes.

    And please continue to use more words like Ad Hominem, posit and ilk. It is a great way to get out of actually having a response.

  10. Tea Party WinnerMay 19, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Hey Belle and Ma Belle,
    Nice piece, and I am glad you are responding to some of the kool aid drinkers posts.
    I wish George W. Bush had done more of that, not in the immature, pathetic way that Obama does it, but with facts and data which always seem to show that the right is right and the left is deluded.

  11. I'm so glad that you like my vocabulary! I will continue to use the many words I have at my disposal to express myself, and hopefully you will find those new words pleasing as well.

    When you've actually read every single post I have written and every link I have embedded, and you still feel like no solutions have been presented, then we'll talk. Somehow (probably because I wrote them) I have a feeling there are some solutions in there. If you weren't so busy getting angry about a teeny tiny post about Woody Allen, you might have taken the time to explore my networks and affiliations section in order to read about many, many solutions to the problems that plague our society. So far, all you have done is bitch about nothing, so please bring something interesting or intellectual in your next comment.

    However, if you are looking for an all-encompassing thesis, you will have to wait. I have a real job at the moment so I am a bit busy, which also means any more comments from me will have to wait. I'm so sorry to ruin your evening like that.

  12. If this Woody wants to live under a dictatorship, I suggest he and Penn take their arses and move to Venezuela. I'm surprised that all these commie-loving libs haven't moved since they can't stand what America stands for. What, they still live here? Hypocrites.

    I don't care that his stepdaughter was 22...he still is a dirty old man that preyed on a young woman that was adopted by his wife. PIG.

  13. Free speech? What happened to my two submissions on this topic?


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