“God’s pocket”

One of the last films of the great Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died 2 weeks after its premiere. A dark comedy drama with Hofmann in top form, acting with his irresistible integrity. The film didn’t get rave reviews, but I consider it a masterstroke creating  a credible balance between comedy and drama. American film at its […]

Forgotten pianists Vol.6

The French pianist Blanche Selva ( 1884-1942 )  is now almost completely forgotten. Among her amazing achievements is the premiere of Albeniz’s Suite “Iberia” ( between 1906 and 1909 ) and the performance of the complete piano works by Bach in 1904 at the age of 20. Here is an example of her playing with […]

Night on Earth

My favorite film so far and Jarmusch’ greatest work, no doubt. And the Helsinki episode always struck me as a genial hommage to Kaurismaki… but see for yourself… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh9Cwj8CJ-A

Forgotten pianists Vol.5

It is a great pity that Marian Friedman has never received the attention she undoubtedly deserved. Some of her recordings are without peer such as her recording of the Beethoven Variations by Robert Schumann, only available on a long deleted LP . http://www.ebay.ie/itm/MARIAN-FRIEDMAN-Romantische-Etuden-Klavier-NM-SWISS-IMPORT-LP-/371429246086?hash=item567ae88486 Here is an equally ultra rare Video from lessons with Peter Feuchtwanger ( […]

David Foster Wallace

It probably doesn’t even need mentioning but  David Foster Wallace (1962-2008 ) was one of the most original voices in American literature of the last decades.         His untimely death due to suicide at the age of 46 silenced a mind with an extreme sense of astute observation, equipped with a profound sense of […]


For those who have 7 hours to spare and have never seen a film by the Hungarian director Bela Tarr :  it is time to go for ‘Satantango’, the longest and most accomplished film of Tarr.  I personally rank it together with Sergei Bondarchuk’s  “War and Piece”  and Jaques Rivette’s  “Out1 : Noli me tangere” as […]