The Little Tailor is a story of love, loyalty and forgiveness. However, if we are willing to accept that loyalty isn’t necessarily constant (and something we should not demand of others as much as we do) and that forgiveness becomes necessary only when we assume that loyalty should be, than we take away the buffers and understand that the film is solely and simply about … Continue reading Love in perfect measures from the “Little Tailor”
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” Mansfield’s short story “Psychology” is perhaps not the most witty or wellwritten work from her, as several of her other works, such as “Bliss” and “A married man’s story” are truly masterpieces in storytelling. “Bliss” is a … Continue reading Katherine Mansfield on fear, fleeting moments and unspoken love
..or the faces of many dances. What is it about dance? Good music can easily accomplish what all other art works harder to achieve: the total bypassing of our analytic side for the direct and seamless infiltration into the emotional and instinctual part of us, resulting in the sometimes uncontrollable physical response. Music moves us, quite literally. This response it inspires in us is unlike any other. “Life … Continue reading The many faces of dance: The best dance scenes in modern films
A brilliant puzzle of a short story about how mysterious we are to ourselves. Cover image: Number Structure 3 by Kazuo Nakamura The premise of this cryptic short story is the life of a regular man and bar owner named Kino. As it continues, you find yourself in a puzzle, in the midst of characters and symbols which represent something other than themselves. These figures and … Continue reading Kino by Haruki Murakami
Dedicated to the clients I never had on Valentine’s Day. What is good for business is, unfortunately, bad for the soul. That is why they can hardly be combined. Inherently, one most definitely stomps on the other. My relationship with Valentine’s Day is complex, even slightly hypocritical. I have helped celebrate and spread the spirit of this senseless holiday more than your average person yet, I have … Continue reading My not so funny Valentine
Played by Kronos Quartet These may be the best final credits of any film. La Grande Bellezza is a grand film in its entirety, no pun intended. Yet, the final scene puts a beautiful icing on what already was a perfect cake and it makes you want to watch the film all over again. This is Sorrentino’s best film so far, a movie with all … Continue reading The Beatitudes composed by Vladimir Martynov
Re-adaptive thoughts of a former emigre.
One vivid memory I have from my working days in America is customers walking by, stating something which to me seemed too personal to be spoken by strangers: “Smile! Why aren’t you smiling?” Continue reading "Why the angry face?"