joi, 4 mai 2023

Marriage Italian Style based on Filumena Marturano by Eduardo de Filippo - 10 out of 10


Marriage Italian Style based on Filumena Marturano by Eduardo de Filippo

10 out of 10



Even seen for the second time, Marriage Italian Style, based on the play Filumena Marturano by Eduardo de Filippo, provides more than entertainment, unless the viewer identifies too much with the protagonist, or if he, she or they use too much of the rigor of Cancel Culture, Woke or other modern censorship rules.


If we see too much of what is going on in the screen with the lens of personal experience, it can be a liability, or worse, fun, humor will be replaced by chagrin, whining and thinking of personal failures, the contemplation of missed goals

We find reading in The How of Happiness about Happiness Activity No 10: Committing to Your Goals-picking one, two or three significant goals that are meaningful to you and devoting time and effort to pursue them


Thus, we have to be careful, and follow the advice and see that one other rule of happiness is that relationships matter more than other things.

Indeed, there are tens of thousands of experiments, tests, research and they have looked at the happiest people on earth, and they do not have massive wealth in common, but excellent relationships with family and friends.


You could argue that the protagonists of Filumena Marturano, especially the heroine, and Domenico Soriano aka Marcello Mastroianni are happy in this continuous conflict and this is their way to Flow, Peak Experience

About Being in The Zone, or Peak Experience you have no better guide than Flow by the co-founder of positive psychology Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Among the conditions for reaching a zenith of emotions, experience you have the idea time becomes relative, or as Albert Einstein explained it so well “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour…Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute…That's relativity.”

Other rules of Flow are challenges meet skills – for instance, when you play tennis with a much better or worse player, you get bored, because you either do not reach the returns of the better one, or the opponent is so weak that he or she does not get to your hits


Filumena seem to be more at war than infatuated with each other – ‘all is fair in love and war’ was one stupid saying, and it confirms the error of relying on proverbs…here is another one ‘appearances deceive’

Malcolm Gladwell demonstrates in his classic of psychology Blink The Power of Thinking Without Thinking the ineptness of the proverb


We take decisions, form opinions in less than one minute, due to The Thin Slicing Effect, the fact that for millennia humans have had to use the ‘fight or flight’ instinct to survive, and let us name the experiment in which participants have been shown the video of less than a minute, after which they have had to rate a professor, and their evaluations matched those of students who had spent a semester with the teacher.

In other words, a semester or less than a minute led to the same conclusions, and then we have the other research which involved the CEOs of many of the Top 500 Fortune companies, and the revelation that about a third of the leaders were very tall, and the at that height, they represent a much smaller percentage (I think it was about ten times less) of the population at large, so this demonstrates the validity of the principle


It is called the Harding Effect, from the American president who got elected about one century ago, because he was tall, had the appearance of someone who could be a good leader, and he turned out to be one of the worst.

Indeed, Malcolm Gladwell mentioned him as the worst, there was some debate, Ulysses Grant had been a candidate for that unfortunate place, but Trump has managed to beat all expectations, and he is a calamity for any sensible human


At least this is how I feel, and there is nothing anyone can say to convince me otherwise, which could prove not just feebleness, but also a sort of obstinacy, mule like stubbornness that is shameful and embarrassing

Bill Maher has just had his latest show, in which the New Rules referred to Trump and the attempt to have him scented for the Stormy Daniels affair – now there is a small connection with Marriage Italian Style which I have more or less abandoned from the start – which Maher rejects, but then Maher has been a grumpy, acid, unlikeable comedian for some time, in my view, putting out with arrogance statements like ‘I use private jets’

I am surprised I did not go off on the tangent of my own Marriage Italian Style, the problems that have made this just a convenience connection, when for financial reasons there is no legal separation, but in spirit, there is animosity and little, if anything connecting these two people, however, there is a way out:


Written by Revolutionary Realini – here is the page from the article in Newsweek that covered the rebellion that took down Ceausescu, in which I am proud to say that I played a small (maybe miniscule, microscopic) role

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