Haven’t you ever said to yourself “Self, I want more of that delightful Ezra Pound, but I don’t want to have to read any of his poetry with those pretentious passages in ancient Greece. And I would like it to be funny. And to not actually be written by Ezra Pound at all.” Well, I have the solution for you! From McSweeney’s and Greg Purcell, I bring you

The Ten Worst Films of All Time, As Reviewed by Ezra Pound Over Italian Radio

Bambi: Filth.

Casablanca: ThisĀ  movie is filth.

Cat People: A race may civilize itself by language, not film. Cat People is filth.

Gentlemen Jim: Tot he Animals who made this usurious film: god damn you.

The Magnificent Andersons: This movie is indistinguishable from the filth-rustlings of swine in a sty.

The Man Who Came to Dinner: May you choke on it, bacilli.

Yankee Doodle Dandy: I sort of liked James Cagney’s filthy Irish energy in this one.

The Palm Beach Story: Bless: The Italian Dolcestilnovisti, the “sweet new style” current in the time of the papish Guelps and the imperial Ghibellines. One will particularly take heed of its foremost practitioner, Guido Cavalcanti. Blast: Preston Sturges and the Jewish moneylenders who helped him to makes this film.

Now, Voyager: Two boils for the director’s infected liver.

This Gun for Hire: This film reeks of syphilis. Filth.

(HERmione and Asphodel don’t really get into Ezra Pound’s more controversial opinions, but from what we’ve read, this seems to be on track. All it needs to be perfect is for him to refer to a woman as “it” at some point)

4 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Sarah Delaney

    oh god I need sleep…. I thought I was on the blog for my modern fiction class- I was confused as to why someone was talking about Ezra Pound… Then I was like modernism..pound..steinbeck. What? then I saw posted by claire and it started to come together! haha Interesting post though.

    April 27th, 2011

  2. This is hilarious. I couldn’t figure out why this was titled “1051” (even tried to cross-reference it to a Dickinson poem) until just now when I realized you simply didn’t title it. But does that really mean what I think it means? Do we really have more than 1050 posts on this thing?! That’s phenomenal. Great job team.

    April 28th, 2011

  3. Claire

    Everett, I think it was just that it was 10:51 when I posted it, maybe? Because we’re only at 199 posts (ooh, who’s going to make #200?)

    I’ll go back in and add a title though, for clarity’s sake (or maybe I won’t, for Emily Dickinson’s sake)

    April 28th, 2011

  4. Ah, thank you. That makes more sense. I was blown away initially. Still impressed though!

    April 28th, 2011