Dies und Das

The boxer Graciano “Rocky” ROCCHIGIANI (Ger., Eng.) died some days ago. For those of my readers who are not interested in European boxing, Rocky was one of the few German world champions, regardless now of what “federation” ; he won two championships in middle weight. ROCCHIGIANI was one of those guys who fought his way up, only to lose it all, and manage to come back. He blew his money, spent time in jail – the full circle. A terrible loudmouth sometimes.
But one thing no one could ever deny – he was always himself. What all these “personality consultants” tell their (seemingly un-authentic) clients and call “authenticity” – Rocky had enough of this : Not the cleverest or smartest boxer who ever graced a ring, but always Rocky. You should think that one needs a tank to run this guy over to make sure that he does not come back, but he was run over and killed by a person driving a SMART.

Some weeks ago Mr Inexplicable DeVice brought a list of some videos he “most recently watched courtesy of YouTube” “for no reason other than I thought they were quite a diverse selection”. Included was one with the divine Annie LENNOX. Mr Eroswings took the chance to list in the comments to the mentioned post a list of “top recently viewed” videos (that contain nice ladies). This made Mr LẌ put together and post his own list of “top ten videos”.
All this made me think about videos, stuff on youtube and other video platforms – I could not name five favourites. I remembered scenes from films I liked and did not forget despite the fact that I saw them maybe forty years ago for the first time. Like the picture of this canon in Mr KEATONs (Ger., Eng.) The General (Ger., Eng.)  Or what Jacques TATI (Ger., Eng.) did in all his films (just a scene). And then there were some short films that impressed me – I think La Cabina (Ger., Eng.) comes to mind first. Do not read about it, watch it here, 34 minutes. It is of archeological value, because only humans of a certain age know what a “telephon box” / “Telephonzelle” actually was.

Such a holiday in the middle of the week is a nice invention. But generally a week of four working days would be a nice idea, worth a try. I think some company in New Zealand is introducing it. But hey, they stand on their heads there and live in the future …

8 thoughts on “Dies und Das

  1. Since the posts of favourite film clips were published I have been trying to think of mine – it is hard! Mr Lax seems to have a film clip for every occasion making me marvel at his memory!
    Yep, I’d feel pretty short changed if I was taken out by a Smart car.

  2. One of the nicest LẌ showed me – I have bookmarked it – is this one, instant consolation, dearest MsScarlet.

    Indecent exposure, without a doubt. What does he finally do LẌ ? I have not seen the film. In the end he’ll hang around public lavatories – now I see Crump-style drawings before my inner eye …

  3. That Jacques Tati clip is funny! Although, I kept waiting for something terrible to happen to that family outside as a consequence of Tati’s bungling.
    I shall watch La Cabina shortly (there are two old fashioned red telephone boxes just along the road from Chateau DeVice, although one of them is a tourist information point now rather than a phone box).

    P.S. Not to rub it in, but I work a four day week. Thursday is my day off. It’s fab!

  4. No, TATI is not cruel IDV … well, not in a gut-spilling way.
    This short scene is one of my all time favourits :here – I don’t know why. Perhaps because it illustrates in less than 30 seconds the absolute futility of all “progress” ?

    Austrians once spoofed The Telephone Box back in the eighties (?) when the VW Golf had developed a fault with the “security” “lock” … They found themselves dumped on some “Alm” in a remote part of the Alps.

  5. I had heard of Rocky Graziano, although I didn’t know much about him. I’m always interested in biographies. Not long ago, I watched a movie about the life of Roberto Duran, a famous boxer from Panama. Like Rocky, he was sometimes known for writing checks with his mouth that his ass couldn’t cash. He came from very poor circumstances, and boxing was his way out. Eventually, he found peace with himself and calmed down quite a bit. I enjoyed watching the story.

  6. As I learned from the wikipedia article DURAN is in his sixties, a generation before ROCCHIGIANI, who was in his early fifties when he died. I do not know much about DURAN, except that he was one of the few who survived against HAGLER.
    Biographies are really exciting !
    BTW I really enjoy that You came by Cara. Thank you, this is very nice.

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