I saw ½ of the movie “The Legend of 1900” last night. It did drag at times as some critics wrote. But, after it was over, I think I got it. Id like to see it again from the beginning because it has a deep point that I thought I saw. I lost it and then saw it again when reading a quote from St. Exupery’s “Little Prince where the fox says to the prince: “Please tame me!” “I want to, very much… But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand.” “One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox. “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all readymade at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me…”
The 1/2 movie that I saw was a masterpiece of “1900” who had tamed himself at the piano in his lifetime on the boat. He was a master at jaz piano and proved it in a duel of piano’s on the boat. But he couldn’t leave the boat because, as he looked out over the infinite multiplicity of reality outside the boat, he couldn’t find the reality of himself tamed out there. He couldn’t see the end of himself which would be his identity. And so he turned back. The success of the movie was dramatizing this point: we must master ourselves to become ourselves. One can’t tame infinity, but one can tame oneself when affirmed. And 1900 was affirmed by his one friend (trumpet player on the boat). And so to leave the ship was to walk off into infinity and never become self (as had been achieved once). Right or wrong, this suggestion could help in understanding what one is looking at, which is quite fun.