Adam Curtis has posted a strange new doco from the 60s that follows the private lives of some upper class english folks.
Lots of people are gripped by the Francois Hollande affair - and they are gripped on two levels.
One is a fascination not just with the details - but with the fact that such a plain man can have such a glamorous love life.
The other is how strange it is that the French don’t seemed to be gripped in the way we are. They seem to be weird and old-fashioned in their belief that there is a distinction between what goes on in a person’s private life - and the details of their public life.
Underneath this is also a sense of nostalgia - a yearning for a time not so long ago when we in Britain were like that too. A time before horrible people like Rupert Murdoch came along and turned everything - even the most intimate details of a person’s life - into cruel, public melodrama.
I’m not sure that’s true.
Watch the 40 minute film and read One’s Private Life.
(I’d recommend in that order)