case of specifying the meaning of moral perfectionism – of
his own coinage. And “the melodrama of the unknown
woman” – again, his coinage – is a cousin, at
least, to your description of the tragedy of remarriage.)
There is another thing going on here in your letter to
Cavell that requires at least brief attention. You seem to see
Rousseau’s letter to be friendship-ending, a public
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characterised by melodrama with the writer and close friend Martin
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It is even sometimes thought that renegades must be psychologically
damaged or personally flawed in order to be capable of such somersaults in
their political thinking (Loughlin, 2003: 516–17). Renegades are therefore
prone to changing their minds regularly, sometimes with much fanfare: referring to Christopher Hitchens, Finkelstein observes that the apostate enjoys
‘the shock value of an
the Continent, in this case the particularly riddled one with Germany, The Aftermath is not even a ‘brief encounter’, to recall the title of the famous Second World War film melodrama; it is more like two ships passing in the night. In the case of the Brook family, in contrast, contact was made through the children who were thrown together by destiny, doing what comes naturally to children – talking, playing, making a new beginning. 6 But in order for this healing power to emerge, there must be contact and dialogue, there must be curiosity, respect, openness and
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the family melodrama, the bio-pic and the prison film, rather than those
of drama-documentary. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, it was loosely based
on Gerry Conlon
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November, told the President: ‘Events in the past twenty-four hours have
moved swiftly here and with all the elements of an old-fashioned melodrama.’ Vyshinski’s speech in the Political Committee, ‘set everyone in the
Committee on their ears’. He not only rejected Menon’s resolution, but all
other resolutions except his own.48
In the evening of 26 November, Gross talked at some length with
Menon, who was discouraged because the Americans were insisting on
changes in paragraph 17, in the face of Soviet attacks on his resolution.
Menon had also received word from the
leaves us dry-eyed while filmed melodrama executed
with a modicum of skill makes a puddle, for the latter can mimic the
qualities of being that daylight renders invisible.
This process need not, in a general way, be exclusive
to cinema. My language here is meant to point to our countryman
Proust. What, after all, was his famous book intended to accomplish?
In recovering lost time