Sunday, December 28, 2008

Statistics

"The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic."
—Apocryphal quote frequently attributed to Stalin.

A question posed by both Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux (1947) and Tavernier's Le Juge et l'assassin (1976): how to reconcile the law of the land which condemns murder when the society that is built upon, and enforces, such laws requires same in much larger numbers than any one individual can achieve?

What other films treat this topic?

3 comments:

André Dias said...

There an impressive scene with Godard comparing Kubrick's FULL METAL JACKET with Santiago Álvarez 79 PRIMAVERAS in a television program called "Cinéma/cinémas: Jean-Luc Godard" (1987), where he doesn't actually treat the topic but merely shows it to a greater extent. (I once published it on Youtube but my account was recently canceled).

David said...

And a good part of Godard's 60s work, in which casual assassinations are the norm: an illustration of Vietnam brought home to everyday life and the streets.

www.segovia-3d.com said...

In my view every person ought to look at it.