You talk of the scythe of Time, and the tooth of Time: I tell you, Time is scytheless and toothless; it is we who gnaw like the worm — we who smite like the scythe. It is ourselves who abolish — ourselves who consume: we are the mildew, and the flame.
When I make a film, it is a sleep in which I am dreaming. Only the people and places of the dream matter. I have difficulty making contact with others, as one does when half-asleep. If a person is asleep and someone else comes into the sleeper’s room, this other person does not exist. He or she exists only if introduced into the events of the dream. Sunday is not a real day of rest for me; I try to go back to sleep as quickly as possible.
Behind appearance is a reality which appearance expresses but can never fully disclose. Beauty is a sort of symbolic disclosure. It is the invisible made visible through expressions, the revealing ‘garment’ of the invisible and kin to our natures.
— Theodore Jouffrey, from a lecture to the Royal Academy of Art, 1842.
Ἑβδόμη Φθίνοντος/ Ἑβδόμη μετ’εἰκάδας, XXIV day From today’s sunset: twenty-fourth day of Anthesterion. ΜΙΚΡΑ ΜΥΣΤΗΡΙΑ - V day of the LESSER ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES
“The Lesser Mysteries were introduced because of Herakles. Indeed, when Herakles came to Eleusis, he asked to be initiated into the Mysteries, but the customary law prohibited foreigners to be initiated; however, it seemed impious to exclude from the initiation such a common benefactor of mankind; because of this, were introduced the so called Lesser Mysteries.” (Schol. Pluto 842)
“A twelfth labour imposed on Hercules was to bring Cerberus from Hades. Now this Cerberus had three heads of dogs, the tail of a dragon, and on his back the heads of all sorts of snakes. When Hercules was about to depart to fetch him, he went to Eumolpos at Eleusis, wishing to be initiated. However it was not then lawful for foreigners to be initiated: since he proposed to be initiated as the adoptive son of Pylius. But not being able to see the mysteries because he had not been cleansed of the slaughter of the centaurs, he was cleansed by Eumolpus and then initiated.” (Apollod. 2.5.12)
“The Goddess Kore-Persephone Who delivered Kerberos into His (Herakles’) hands.” [Plutarch, Life of Nicias, 1,3]
“Demeter instituted the Lesser Mysteries in honour of Herakles, that She might purify him of the guilt he had incurred in the slaughter of the Centaurs.” (Diod. IV, 14, 3)
(Persephone with spiraliform diadem, round central ornament, “petals” at sides of the face. Canosan terracotta, about 300–250 B.C. now in the Boston Museum…)