Take Three Part 1

Three feasts for the eye and mind. Jean Renoir’s masterpiece “The River” from 1951, Stanley Kubrick’s epic “Barry Lyndon” ( 1975 ) and Chris Marker’s wonderful documentary “Sans Soleil” (1983). Movies do not get any better than this. https://virginiavirginiavirginia.tumblr.com/post/178897513042/tribeca-cinema-sights-the-river-1951-dir Barely a word is spoken, but what a mesmerising scene. Thanks to Stanley Kubrick, Franz Schubert […]

Memory

Two radically different approaches when dealing with memory can be found when looking at Marcel Proust and Eugenio Mortale . Whereas in Prousts’ Recherche memory is a highly individual, almost narcisstic process, ( “If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less, but to dream more, to dream all […]

Uniqueness

One of the most unusual and highly individual voices in the history of singing must have been Pol Plancon ( 1851-1914 ), here in two recordings from 1903. I heard his voice the very first time at my teacher’s flat in London, where Peter Feuchtwanger occasionally opened up his treasure trove of thousands of LPs […]

Gambling

“Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler ” is a four and a half hour monster of a film, shot in 1922 by Fritz Lang. Essential viewing for cinema buffs. It is an image of chaotic times and the dissolution of society. A not so new theme. http://barcarole.tumblr.com/post/178798820099/dr-mabuse-der-spieler-dir-fritz-lang-1922

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 […]

Karen Dalton

A remarkable and neglected singer with a tragic life story. Her voice has a haunting quality… a real discovery. https://timeline.com/karen-dalton-folk-tragic-8c042745bdc7

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 […]

Joris-Karl Huysmans

Reading right now Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans (February 5, 1848 – May 12, 1907) was a French novelist who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans; he is most famous for the novel À rebours. His style is remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, wide-ranging vocabulary, wealth of detailed and sensuous description, and biting, satirical […]

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 […]