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Old 11-16-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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Peter Greenaway: "I Plan to Kill Myself at 80"

A saddening commentary on Greenaway, his medium and his milieu:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/...o-kill-himself

Even Greenaway's make-believe plans for suicide, like the truer ones of certain of his characters, have the sound of an obsession rendered numerological.

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Old 11-17-2012, 06:17 AM   #2
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I'm not sure it's worth killing yourself at such an advanced age, when you hit 80 you just relax and wait for it because it will come soon enough anyways.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:41 AM   #3
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Seen Greenaway, forced by wife; wine and metaphora. I guess his funeral shall be high society version of M*A*S*H 'Suicide is Painless' scene.
Yet he represents the other side of the wheel-running culture.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:49 AM   #4
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By the time Greenaway hits 80, he might well remember that he wants to kill someone ... but simply not remember who.

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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When I die, I want to go in my sleep like my grandfather and not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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When I die, I want to go in my sleep like my grandfather and not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.
That story is a staple in our family, except in our version it's a bus not a car.

(And, in reality, neither of my grandfathers took anyone with them.)
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:16 AM   #7
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In fact, neither did mine but the line does get a giggle.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:47 PM   #8
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He argues that the world is too full and it belongs to the young. "I can't think of anyone who has done anything remotely useful after the age of 80. One or two late prints by Picasso. One or two late paintings by Titian. Now you might say, 'Well, I've got this grandfather who's a beautiful old gentleman and rocks the cradle.' But really, is he not just taking up space? OK Grandad, happy 80th birthday. Here's your cake and here's the needle."
By his standards, most of the world never does anything "remotely useful".

What an ass.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:51 AM   #9
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I think he's actually making a series of morbid jokes (as indeed he does throughout most of the interview). I think he realizes you're not supposed to advocate euthanasia for Grandpa or call him "useless."

Reminds me of Lars von Trier's making humorous comments about sympathizing with Hitler which he thought no one would take seriously until he was immediately banned from the Cannes Film Festival for the rest of his life.
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