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Jean Genet

Director

“To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance.”

 

Biography

Jean Genet (December 19, 1910(1910-12-19) – April 15, 1986) was a prominent and controversial French novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and political activist. Early in his life he was a vagabond and petty criminal, but later took to writing. His major works include the novels Querelle of Brest, The Thief’s Journal, and Our Lady of the Flowers, and the plays The Balcony, The Blacks, The Maids and The Screens.

Genet’s mother was a young prostitute who raised him for the first year of his life before putting him up for adoption. Thereafter Genet was raised in the provinces by a carpenter and his family, who according to Edmund White’s biography, were loving and attentive. While he received excellent grades in school, his childhood involved a series of attempts at running away and incidents of petty theft (although White also suggests that Genet’s later claims of a dismal, impoverished childhood were exaggerated to fit his… read more

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Lefteris Becerra

20Dec10

ayer, a cien años 100 del natalicio de una de las plumas imprescindibles de la literatura mundial y autor de una película de alturas idénticas a las de sus logros literarios. una revolución que no pase por la prueba genet, me provoca hastío ¿cuál es esta prueba? hay que ver el documental que la bbc preparó sobre este genio rebelde en el que se le ve desafiando a los estudiantes de la revuelta de mayo del 68 en parís, que montaban una de sus obras, las criadas. se plantó frente a un teatro atascado espetó una pregunta fulminante: ¿ustedes creen que haciendo teatro hacen una revolución? la furia de su presencia era una saludable bofetada aderezada con un bullshit de desprecio que asestó contra el rostro de los poderes en turno. amado jean genet que dejó un testimonio escalofriante sobre la matanza en sabra y chatila cometida por el carnicero judío sharon en alianza con el libanés de extrema derecha que se hacía pasar por "cristiano". amado jean genet: un ramo de flores para tu tumba

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Clarice the Specter

11Jul10

This man was way ahead of OUR time. Un chant d'amour is absolutely a masterpiece.

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