Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Fun with context.

From my inbox:
From: Joshua
Subject: Oh, Wernie
Date: March 8, 2006 3:10:45 AM PST
To: Ben, etc., etc.

Did you guys see this funny thing Herzog said to Ebert in response to a question about The Discovery Channel's airing of Grizzly Man with commericials and additional footage? It appeared in Eb's "Answer Man" column, and I've unfairly cut out the previous paragraphs where he thanks Discovery for financing the film in the first place. This is only one more reason why I love German cinema:

"Sure, centuries from now our great-great-great-grandchildren will look back at us with amazement at how we could allow such a precious achievement of human culture as the telling of a story to be shattered into smithereens by commercials, the same amazement we feel today when we look at our ancestors for whom slavery, capital punishment, burning of witches, and the inquisition were acceptable everyday events."

He should've added "Crash winning the Oscar for Best Picture" between the burning of witches and inquisition part, but, yeah, he's pretty dead-on.

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