absolute freedom

The simultaneity of the prophetic and the satiric distinguishes the greatest of Romantic art, and the failure of the classically oriented taste and criticism of our times has been not to credit the Romantics with a sense of humor and to ridicule their achievements with the same ridicule they practiced on themselves. The crucial difference, of course, is that Romantic satire measures the limitations of its heroes in their quest for absolute freedom while classical taste calls even the limited movement toward those ends grotesque.

(P. Adama Sitney, writing in Visionary Film on Kenneth Anger)

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