Neki vidovnjaci proriču da će tek ljudi 22. stoljeća razumjeti Joyceov Finnegans Wake. No Mary Ellen Bute snimila svoj san o Finneganovim snovima/bdijenjima. Vrlo hektopoetično, izobakterijalno i transvenerično.
Ovdje je inače verzija Finnegans Wakea s objašnjenjima mnogih riječi i fraza, bez kojih je možda i nemoguće početi čitati. No s druge strane, ovdje riječi ne "znače", nego šalju dimne signale - pa su važni dimni pejzaži, ne toliko same riječi.
Na kraju posta Anthony Burgess napokon zdravorazumski objašnjava o čemu se zapravo u Finnegans Wake radi.
- riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend
- of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to
- Howth Castle and Environs.
- Sir Tristram, violer d'amores, fr'over the short sea, had passen-
- core rearrived from North Armorica on this side the scraggy
- isthmus of Europe Minor to wielderfight his penisolate war: nor
- had topsawyer's rocks by the stream Oconee exaggerated themselse
- to Laurens County's gorgios while they went doublin their mumper
- all the time: nor avoice from afire bellowsed mishe mishe to
- tauftauf thuartpeatrick: not yet, though venissoon after, had a
- kidscad buttended a bland old isaac: not yet, though all's fair in
- vanessy, were sosie sesthers wroth with twone nathandjoe. Rot a
- peck of pa's malt had Jhem or Shen brewed by arclight and rory
- end to the regginbrow was to be seen ringsome on the aquaface.
- The fall (bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonner-
- nuk!) of a once wallstrait oldparr is retaled early in bed and later
- on life down through all christian minstrelsy. The great fall of the
- offwall entailed at such short notice the pftjschute of Finnegan,
- erse solid man, that the humptyhillhead of humself prumptly sends
- an unquiring one well to the west in quest of his tumptytumtoes:
- and their upturnpikepointandplace is at the knock out in the park
- where oranges have been laid to rust upon the green since dev-
- linsfirst loved livvy.
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Screenplay by Mary Manning, Cinematography by Ted Nemeth, Music by Elliot Kaplan
"Mary Ellen Bute (November 21, 1906—October 17, 1983) was a pioneer American film animator significant as one of the first female experimental filmmakers. Her specialty was visual music and, while working in New York between 1934 and 1953, made fourteen short, abstract musical films. Many of these were seen in regular movie theaters, such as Radio City Music Hall, usually preceding a prestigious film. Several of her later abstract films were categorized as part of her Seeing Sound series.
A native of Houston, Mary Ellen Bute studied painting in Texas and, subsequently, Philadelphia, then stage lighting at Yale University, focusing her primary interest on the tradition of color organs, as a means of painting with light. She worked with Leon Theremin and Thomas Wilfred and was also influenced by the abstract animated films of Oskar Fischinger.
Bute began her filmmaking career collaborating with Joseph Schillinger on the animation of visuals. Her later films were made in partnership with her cinematographer Ted Nemeth whom she married in 1940. Her final film, inspired by James Joyce, was Passages from Finnegans Wake, a live-action feature made over a nearly three-year period in 1965-67.
In the 1960s and 1970s Bute worked on two films which were never completed: an adaptation of Thornton Wilder's 1942 play The Skin of Our Teeth, and a film about Walt Whitman with the working title Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking.
Bute was a founding member of the Women's Independent Film Exchange.
Mary Ellen Bute died of heart failure at New York City's Cabrini Medical Center. She was five weeks short of her 77th birthday. Six months earlier, on April 4, she received a special tribute and a retrospective of her films at the Museum of Modern Art.
An archive with some of Bute's personal papers is at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. A finding aid describes this collection. Film historian Cecile Starr has an extensive collection of Bute papers; another collection is at Center for Visual Music in Los Angeles. Several of her films are at the Yale Film Study Center, George Eastman House, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Anthology Film Archives, and a number of other institutions and archives. -- Wikipedia
One great part of every human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by use of wide-awake language, cut-and-dry grammar and go-ahead plot. James Joyce
"Finnegans Wake deals with the nightworld, with the subconscious, and with dreams. Joyce felt that during the night man must redeem himself by means of a quest; must refresh his powers through sleep, which takes him beyond himself into a world without definition. Man's goal is lucidity, a fresh awakening. The quest carries him through all history, which seems to be a constant process of waking. It is some of this universal element which we have tried to capture in this first film based on any of Joyce's major work."
Finnegan - otherwise know as H. C. Earwicker, or Here Comes Everybody - has two sons, Shem and Shaun who are also conflicting parts of himself which invade him; and his daughter Iseult, who is a younger manifestation of his wife, Anna Livia Plurabelle (ALP), who is also his soul and the River Liffey. Finnegan must come to terms with these parts of himself, realize the dangers inherent in their extreme forms, and experience his "reunited selfdom" in order to "Wake" up.
Evo i samog Joycea kako čita iz Finnegana:
We have been serious about Finnegans Wake, and we must remain serious about any work that took seventeen years to write, but let us guard against being like Hemingway's bloody owl, solemn. This is, like Ulysses, a great comic vision, one of the few books of the world that can make us laugh aloud on nearly every page. Its humour is of that traditional kind, alive in Rabelais, still kicking in Sterne, which modulates easily from the farcical to the sublime and from the witty to the pathetic-a humour not much found in our brutal, sentimental and facetious age, hence a humour much needed. It seduces us into the acceptance of a view of humanity as realistic as that of Dante, and quite as optimistic. Finnegans Wake appeared on the eve of Armageddon, when things looked their blackest for the entire human race. The 32 seemed embossed on every bullet, the 11 two sticks burnt in the ultimate fire. But man rose again. In Joyce annihilation becomes "abnihilisation"-the creation of new life ab nihilo, from the egg of nothing. As long as the race exists, Finnegans Wake will remain one of its big pertinent codices. The corpse is "cropse". Or, to borrow Eliot's borrowing, "Sin is behovely, but all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well". This is not the philosophy of Shaun, the vapid liberal demagogue, but the faith of HCE, who- "Here Comes Everybody"- is suffering man himself.