Manifesto of liberation of body and mind


[February 17, 1600]


I owe this post to the memory of Giordano Bruno. By chance i found myself, still sick and film-eater, watching a movie about him in the same day in which he was burnt at the stake: the 17th of February 1600.

Giordano Bruno (1973) by Giuliano Montaldo, with Gian Maria Volonté. It chronicles the last years of life of the philosopher from 1592 to his killing in 1600.

A little taste of it, a conversation between Giordano Bruno (left) and Giovanni Mocenigo, noble of Venice (right).

Your philosophy is very easy.

Philosophy is never easy!

Shut up.
Get out of my house!
I hope you’ll be able to teach
me your philosophy someday,
if you have the time.

Slowly, slowly… slowly, slowly!
You have to make an effort.

An effort?
To get what in exchange?

To get everything or nothing: it
depends on how you look at things.
The philosopher, even though he owns
nothing, is the master of his own destiny.
He’s the master of his own destiny.

I’ve been taught that
the virtue you talk about
grows from faith, and
not from philosophy.

I know, my friend, I know…
I know by heart that kind of talk,
the one they’ve always used with us,
in the cradle, in school
and then from the pulpit:
be poor in spirit, be humble.
Give up your reason,
turn that dazzling light off, the one
that sets your intelligence on fire,
the one that consumes you, because the
more you know, the more you’ll suffer.
Give up your senses. Be a
prisoner of the Holy Faith.
Go on living in your asinine state.
Living like this, is living as if dead!

There are moments when you
and your theories scare me.
I’m thinking about the chaos
that might ensue if everybody,
even servants, boatmen, the people
you wanted to bring into my house,
the poor, start thinking
like you want them to.

There are people that live
in comfort like you do,
and other men that are
forced to tighten their belts,
but all men are equal,
and all men have the right
to look straight up…
at the sky, where the
sun of truth shines down.
Even boatmen and servants.

Directed by Giuliano Montaldo right after Sacco e Vanzetti, the movie tries to conciliate its ideological value with the spectacle demands, largely succeeding, though it falls in some historical inconsistencies. For example, Giordano Bruno appears in the movie as a good-looking man that is successful with women, while in the biographical and autobiographical sources we know that, on the contrary, the filosopher from Nola was a short man with a mediocre appearance and he was never succesfu with women, as he used to moan about.

>> pretty italian final:

Dopodiché, alla ricerca della traduzione di “successo con le donne” mi sono imbattuta in un pezzo di uno spettacolo di Gaber
 sulla donna:

e la conseguente e recente recitazione della stessa da parte di Luciana Littizzetto in Che Tempo Che Fa nella Puntata speciale G di Gaber del 21 gennaio di quest’anno.

Levando il contesto, e comparandoli, mi viene da pensare che quel discorso fatto da un uomo, e lo stesso fatto da una donna, hanno un effetto diverso su di me. Non avendo basi femministiche appropriate ne’ consistenti, concludo velocemente e superficialmente ipotizzando che un femminismo sarebbe di maggiore impatto se fosse portato avanti da uomini, più che da donne lesbiche. La immagino come una sorta di autoriduzione per l’elevazione dell’altro.

(il lesbica, ovviamente, non è riferito alla littizzetto, e né vuole esprimere giudizio spregiativo o accusatorio, ma è frutto di uno scambio di conoscenze con chi sta studiando il femminismo più da vicino)

In parole simili al signor G, ma andando proprio oltre la distinzione di uomo e donna ma trattando l’essere umano in generale,  l’Altro avvalora l’Uno, l’Uno avvalora l’Altro. Da soli sono poco, e a volte niente.

Bisognerebbe solo mettersi d’accordo, ecco.

from: wikipedia, youtube, me.