Posted Monday, April 11, because I’m just so goddamn slow a writer these days.. “In here, life is beautiful! Ze girls are beautiful! Even ze orchesra is beautiful!” Joel Grey as the Master of Ceremonies and the Kit Kat Club Dancers performing “Wllkommen”, the opening number of the 1972 movie musical Cabaret.
But politics suffuses everything because politics is how people put together ordered, civilized societies or, as Uncle Merlin has said, politics is how people live together without settling every argument by reaching for a battle ax. Anyway, one thing has a way of leading to another, no matter where the professor intends for a discussion to go, and last week we wound up talking about, among other things, Donald Trump and Nazis.
The question on the table was how do you make a true-to-life movie—or in the cases of all four of these films a relatively true-to-life movie—in which the bad guys share a religion and ethnicity with a group of people who here in the United States are a minority subject to vilification and prejudice? This is where we ran into the Donald.. Who, you will be happy and relieved to learn, is not popular among my students.