Celine is reading Bataille Jesse is reading Klaus Kinskis autobiography

Celine is reading bataille jesse is reading klaus

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, 4:07 – 4:40].  Celine is reading Bataille; Jesse is reading Klaus Kinski’s  autobiography.  [Bataille was an avant garde French writer who experimented with ways to write philosophically.  His work  is incredibly challenging, graphic, often pornographic, theological—and disturbing.  Kinski was a notorious German actor  who lived an unusually wild life; his book  All I Need is Love  is extremely violent, pornographic, dark, and even nutty.  It’s a  kind of upper-crust piece of smut.  You might say that Bataille is meditating on the significance of what Kinski merely revels  in.]   The comparison makes him wince in self-consciousness; she replies not by attempting to ignore or cover up the disparity  but by echoing his “hmm,” his acknowledgment of it.  At this moment the Germans return, after which Jesse tells Celine that  he’s going to get a bite to eat and asks her if she’d like to join him.  In the dining car, they talk about where they are coming 
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from and where they are going and betray their mutual self-consciousness—for example, hers about speaking multiple  languages and attending the Sorbonne; his about lacking these credentials—by endlessly fiddling with the salt and pepper  shakers.  What is astonishing here is that even though Celine, instantiated in Delpy, clearly has it all over Ethan Hawke’s  Jesse, nothing is more palpable to her than his appreciation of her, and of this fact about her, and of his desire to create  himself in her presence.  Eventually, he shows her what there is to appreciate in him, namely, his capacity to collapse, and  expand, time.  [ Before Sunrise , 11:30 – 12:52] In the last sequence of the second movie,  Before Sunset , Jesse and Celine find themselves in her apartment, having  postponed their goodbyes until the absolute last second.  She has agreed to let him come up to her place and to sing for him  just one of the songs that she has written, which turns out to be a waltz about a one-night stand that she once had.  “One single  night with you—Jesse—is worth a thousand with anybody,” she sings; “My heart will stay yours until I die.”   These are lines  that each has wanted to say to one another and that we have wanted them to say to one another for at least nine years, despite  the fact that, especially now, their relationship is completely out of synch with everything else in their lives—her job, her  boyfriend, her Frenchness, her life; his wife, his son, his Americanism, his life.  They are lines that he couldn’t quite manage 
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