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Les Fleurs du Mal

Unpublished frontispiece for Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal First separate edition of the suppressed poems not found in the first edition https://virginiavirginiavirginia.tumblr.com/post/179412142542/caballerodelatristefigura-rodin-baudelaire

Adolfo Arietta

Adolfo González Arrieta (b. in Madrid, August 28, 1942) is a spanish filmmaker, considered as the pioneer of independent film both in Spain and France, due to the artisan quality and the unique spirit of freedom of his films. He usually uses variations of his name in the credits of his films, such as Udolfo […]

Sans Soleil

“Sunless” is a 1983 French documentary directed by Chris Marker, a meditation on the nature of human memory, showing the inability to recall the context and nuances of memory, and how, as a result, the perception of personal and global histories is affected. In a 2014 Sight and Sound poll, film critics voted Sans Soleil […]

Beauty in emptiness

Is there beauty in emptiness ? It may be in the eye of the beholder, but I always liked photographs without people. The equivalent in fine art would be Giorgio Morandi, who I am very fond of. And looking at Emmanuel Monzon’s stunning photographs I would emphatically endorse the fact that empty spaces can transport […]

Cops ( 1922 )

Buster Keaton was once perfectly described by Orson Welles: “Keaton was beyond all praise, a very great artist, and one of the most beautiful men I ever saw on the screen. He was also a superb director. In the last analysis, nobody came near him (…) I wish I’d known him better than I did.s […]

Requiem

Dvorak’s Requiem is rarely performed and an underrated masterpiece. Composed in 1890 it is a deeply spiritual work. It needs to be heard. ( A woman in Berlin 1945, after having committed suicide. The suicide rates spiked dramatically in 1945 as many women were afraid of being abused,raped or killed by Russian soldiers who had […]

Evgen Bavcar

I was alerted 2 years ago about the blind photographer Evgen Bavcar through Walter Aue’s book about this extraordinary artist. http://www.walter-aue.de/s7.html And now I stumbled upon a 26 minute documentary with German subtitles. A fascinating film that questions our own perception of reality.

UK travel 4

We came with great expectations to Dublin, which none of us had ever visited before. The experience was certainly a very mixed bag. The city has been developed greatly, whole areas have been rebuilt and it was interesting to see the glaring contrast between the past and the present. But there were also many areas […]

A barber

Claude Lanzmann has died at the age of 92. I will always remember seeing his epic, 9 1/2 hour film “Shoah” about the Holocaust in a little, long gone cinema in New York, opposite Juilliard in 1985. http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6498# He had interviewed survivors of the Holocaust, and there was one episode in the middle of this […]

UK travel 3

Glasgow is one of the UK’s most interesting cities, it used to be the second most important place within the days of the British Empire and one of the richest cities in the world. One can still see all the grandeur of its imposing architecture. Of course history changed the city profoundly, and it had […]