Thursday, May 29, 2008
Went to the Egyptian Theater last night on Hollywood Boulevard to see a screening of outlaw French writer Jean Genet's sole movie directorial effort, "Un Chant d'Amour."
Made in 1950, it's a black and white, silent movie about life in prison. Banned in France, it was confiscated by the police when it was shown in New York City and San Francisco.
But now we're free to see what all the fuss was about. Following the 25 minute movie, a 1981 interview with Genet was shown. In it Genet details his unconventional views on jail such as some people "want" to go to jail and the threat of going to jail is only a crime deterrent for individuals who have not been to jail -- in other words, once you've been to jail the threat of being sent back is no big deal.