Saturday, July 26, 2008

Quote du Jour

The Problem of Evil elucidated:

How the hell do I know why there were Nazis? I don't know how the can opener works.

~ Woody Allen, Hannah and Her Sisters

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isaac Davis: Has anybody read that Nazis are gonna march in New Jersey? Y'know, I read this in the newspaper. We should go down there, get some guys together, y'know, get some bricks and baseball bats and really explain things to them.
Party Guest: There is this devastating satirical piece on that on the Op Ed page of the Times, it is devastating.
Isaac Davis: Well, a satirical piece in the Times is one thing, but bricks and baseball bats really gets right to the point.

Rodak said...

What has all that to do with can openers?

Kyle R. Cupp said...

I have a lot of respect for Woody Allen; for one thing, he can pointedly critique my faith without being insulting. There is scene in an Allen film, Hannah and her Sisters, I believe, in which a near-death experience prompts the Allen character to give religion a try. His encounter with Catholicism: standing outside a Catholic bookstore looking at a picture of Jesus that opens and closes his eyes as Allen sways left and right, followed by Allen coming home an unpacking a grocery bag, laying on the counter a crucifix, a picture of St. Jude, and a loaf of Wonderbread. Allen encounters Catholicism as a well-marketed brand name, which, truth be told, is often how religion is presented in our consumeristic culture: a product, a brand, a marketing gimmick. Something superficial and hardly meaningful.

Rodak said...

Hello, Kyle.
I completely agree with both your assessment of Woody Allen's effective humor, and with your appreciation of his outsider's take on organized religion. It is noted that when Woody's character decided to try Christianity, it was Catholicism that he went for.
Thanks for your comment!