Tuesday, August 4, 2009
To the happy many
Our dreams are too small for what already exists.
"To the happy many" is the dedication at the beginning of Chris Marker's Le Joli Mai. The film starts with an examination of what it means, on the personal level, to be happy. Later in the film, things are seen in a broader social context. We experience the reality of civil malcontent and it is at this point that someone speaks the line- "Our dreams are too small for what already exists".
The film ends with these lines of narration:
As long as poverty exists you are not rich.
As long as despair exists, you are not happy.
As long as prison exists, you are not free.