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That Day, on the Beach (Chinese: 海灘的一天 (Hai tan de yi tian)) is a 1983 Taiwanese New Wave drama film and the first feature film by Taiwanese director Edward Yang, who is – apart from the great Ozu – my favourite Asian director. The film deals with two old friends, played by Sylvia Chang and […]

Silvana Magano Born in Rome to an Italian father and an English mother (Ivy Webb from Croydon), Mangano lived in poverty during the Second World War. Trained for seven years as a dancer, she was supporting herself as a model. In 1946, at age 16, Mangano won the “Miss Rome” beauty pageant and through this, she […]


Umberto D

Italian neorealism was one of Italy’s finest cinematic movements, characterized by stories set amongst the poor and the working class, filmed on location, frequently using non-professional actors. Its films mostly contend with the difficult economic and moral conditions of post-World War II Italy, representing changes in the Italian psyche and conditions of everyday life, including […]

Celine and Julie go boating

Jaques Rivette’s film from 1974 has always been one of my top 10 favourite movies. At 192 minutes it is not for the impatient or faint hearted, and it has a surreal charm running through it. It is ultimately a playful story of two women who become friends and after consuming some magic candy they […]

2x Edward Yang

Edward Yang, one of Taiwan’s most important directors is especially known for his masterpiece “Yi Yi”, in my opinion one of the finest Asian films ever made ( together with “Maboroshi” by Hirokazu Koreeda and “Tokyo Story” by Yasujirō Ozu.) But there are also some rare and hard to get earlier works by Yang that […]


Robert Altman’s 1969 thriller “That cold day in the park” is one of the more neglected movies by this great American director. For movie buffs it is interesting to observe Altman’s interest in female psychology, which the director later explored in 1972’s “Images” and 1977’s “3 Women” further. The storyline is as simple as it […]

11 minutes

One of my favorite You Tube channels is “Sommer’s World Literature to go”. Most of these videos were originally presented on a sister channel in German, but now Sommer goes English !! Approximately one work of world literature per month will be posted ! Here is “Crime and Punishment” by Fjodor Dostojevsky. In 11 minutes. […]

Nostalghia One of the few lesser debated works of Tarkovsky, but my personal favorite. Here a HD version with English subs from You Tube.

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 […]