Behavioral Similarity

In Judgment at Nuremberg, Marlene Dietrich‘s Madame Bertholt character passes along the following anecdote to Judge Dan Heywood (Spencer Tracy) about defendant Ernst Janning (Burt Lancaster):

“I remember there was a reception given for [Richard] Wagner‘s daughter-in-law,” Mrs. Bertholt begins. “Hitler was there. Ernst Janning was there with his wife. She was very beautiful…very small, very delicate. She’s dead now.

Hitler was quite taken with her. He made advances towards her during the reception. He used to do things like that in a burst of emotion. I will never forget the way Ernst Janning cut him down. I don’t think anybody ever did it to him quite that way. He said, ‘Chancellor…I do not object so much that you are so ill-mannered. I do not object to that so much. I object that you are such a bourgeois.’ Hitler whitened, stared at Janning, and walked out.”

From 12.21 Kevin Sessums post on Facebook: “I was talking to a friend the other night here in New York. She was married for a while to an industrialist with a high social profile in Manhattan, so for much of her marriage she played hostess for parties and dinners at their townhouse and out at their summer estate. We got to talking about the election and how she was coping.

“‘What boggles my mind,’ she said, recalling that marriage and those years of playing New York hostess, ‘is that during all those years the only person I ever insisted on banning from our dinners and our parties — indeed, our very house — was Donald Trump. I just couldn’t put up with his vulgar behavior anymore and you know I don’t have a problem with vulgarity really. But his vulgarity was on a whole other level. The boorish way he groped women at parties and at dinners. He’d even do that thing with me where he’d put an arm around my back and then reach over on the other side to get a feel of my breast. It happened over and over.

“‘I told my husband I would not be felt up by Donald Trump again and other female guests had been complaining to me about him as well. For a time, I just put him next to any C-list or D-list person that might happen to be at a dinner party. [But] there are not enough letters in the alphabet to describe what list he is on. I just can’t believe that the one man I banned from my own house is now taking up residence in The White House. America. That’s America now.”

  • VR

    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

  • Patrick Murtha

    Let’s adopt a famous observation of Balzac’s about the world: “Believe everything you hear said of Trump; nothing is too impossibly bad.”

    • “Trump is beyond grotesque” stories are a dime a dozen. I’m making a point about similar behaviors.

      • Patrick Murtha

        Noted and endorsed. Remember, I’m the one reading the Hitler bio!

      • “He’s not beyond Hitler, he’s like Hitler!”

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    • That’s been the intellectual standard fueling the two-party system and the news media for many years now.

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  • Grampappy Amos

    so that’s where Trump met most of his entertainment headliners

  • austin888

    He’s creepy and I can’t even imagine the kinds of things he will do and get away with as President. It scares the shit out of me even to think on it. The things one can imagine with this man are too grotesque, even to talk about at times. A less deserving person to be in this position has likely never existed.

    • robert jenks

      I suspect you’re scared of a lot of things.

      • Jenks is a real rightie.

        • robert jenks

          Why the passive-aggressive contempt? Are you still butt hurt that I told you to pay for your own hotel when you’re pitching for access to Wes Anderson. Otherwise you’re degrading your brand as an independent voice of film criticism. As to austin888, I was merely pointing out how Hillary’s wailing wounded are bleating about their fears and terrors and their grief endlessly. Do you think this makes your “enemies” worried? All it does is engender laughter. And FYI, Trump is no rightie. The conservatives hated him more than Hillary. She was no threat to their gravy train. She was a business as usual candidate. Bernie they were afraid of. As wikileaks showed, that’s why Hillary and the Dem establisment took him out. After which he was a good little boy. Merry Christmas.

        • filmklassik

          Unlike Trump, who is (at best) a fake one.

          We can call Trump a creep, a jerk, a vulgarian, a liar… we can call him a full-tilt asshole… you’ll get no argument from me on that score.

          But one thing we can’t call Trump is a Conservative. Not without being wrong.