PERSECUTED ARMENIA – by Nishan Der-Hagopian [Century, 1918]

2018-01-31T17:26:48-08:00 January 31st, 2018|Categories: HISTORY|Tags: , , |

When a man has been slaugh­tering human beings for many months, and his eyes have grown accustomed to the sight of blood, his ears used to the scream of shell and shrapnel, and his soul calloused to all save his sense of duty, he moves au­tomatically, and it is only when there comes a lull, and the black-winged hor­rors lift for a little, that with clear vision and delicate ear he sees and hears the world around him.

BALLA COI LUPI: INTERVISTA A KEVIN COSTNER – di Elisa Leonelli [Ciak]

2018-01-31T08:27:37-08:00 January 31st, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Kevin Costner ha deciso di debuttare nella regia scegliendo un genere sempre meno frequentato come il western e con un film, accolto molto positivamente tanto dalla critica che dal pubblico, che è un vero e proprio atto d'amore nei confronti della cultura indiana.

THE GREATEST HORROR IN HISTORY – by Henry Morgenthau [The Red Cross Magazine, 1918]

2018-01-31T09:15:40-08:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: HISTORY|Tags: , , , |

An Authentic Account of the Armenian Atrocities. Whatever else you may do, do not fail to read this account of the extermination of a Christian race by the Turks. Coming as it does from an authoritative source, we consider it one of the most striking and authentic documents of the war as well as a clear exposition of Germany’s guilt in the bloody affair.

ARMENIA AND THE ARMENIANS – by Hester Donaldson Jenkins [National Geographic Magazine, 1915]

2018-01-30T10:27:05-08:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: HISTORY|Tags: , |

Armenia is a word that has widely different connotation for different peoples. To us Americans it means a vague territory somewhere in Asia Minor; to the makers of modern maps it means nothing—there is no such place; to the Turks of a few years ago it was a forbidden name, smacking of treason and likely to bring up that bugaboo “nationalism,” than which Abdul Hamid II feared nothing more, unless it were “liberty”; but to nearly two millions of Russian, Persian, and Turkish subjects it is a word filled with emotion, one that sends the hand to the heart and calls up both pride and sorrow.

GUILTY PLEASURES: THE FILMS OF PAUL SCHRADER – by Neil Sinyard [Cinema Papers]

2018-01-28T18:56:07-08:00 January 28th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Paul Schrader is one of the seminal figures of the contemporary American cinema. His success is attributable to the creative use of his critical faculty and a commercial deployment of his Calvinism. The result is a body of work that is a bracing commentary on classic and modern Hollywood, and whose bleak vision would make film noir look like musical comedy.

THE LIFE OF BRIAN (1979) – Review by Dennis Altman [Cinema Papers]

2018-01-28T16:46:52-08:00 January 28th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , , |

Blasphemy is by no means dead in Britain, as the recent condemnation of Gay News, for publishing a poem portraying Christ as homosexual, reveals. But The Life of Brian has nothing about it as shocking to the faithful as this, and is saved indeed from blasphemy by its sheer vulgarity.

ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979) Review by Jack Clancy [Cinema Papers]

2018-01-28T13:13:49-08:00 January 28th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Escape from Alcatraz opens with the camera panning across San Francisco Bay and the bridge, and then to the grim, gloomy island of Alcatraz. The first sequence, as the credits come up, shows the arrival, through rain and darkness, of a prisoner for the "Rock": it is shot in tight, constricted close- up and mostly in shadow.

DISNEY AND FREUD: WALT MEETS THE ID – by David I. Berland M.D.

2018-01-27T19:41:58-08:00 January 27th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

Studying Freud and other early psychoanalysts can lead to a better understanding of children and consequently to appreciating the effects of some of Disney’s works. Freud’s concept of the mind’s structure can be useful in explaining the appeal of Disney’s characters because many of them (Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and others) embody universal aspects of the personality: id, ego and superego.

POLICE OSCAR: “THE FRENCH CONNECTION”: AND AN INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM FRIEDKIN – by Michael Shedlin

2018-01-26T09:18:20-08:00 January 26th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

Since propaganda, whether blatant or subtle, and whether “left” or “right,” works primarily through the emotions and not the intellect, it is not necessarily the explicit or easily recogniz­able elements of a film that produce the strong­est effect on the consciousness of the viewer. Such is the case with a film like The French Connection. The explicit values are evident. The film is exquisitely made.

IL DOTTOR STRANAMORE – di Enrico Ghezzi [Il Castoro Cinema]

2018-01-25T09:46:59-08:00 January 25th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Per molti versi, il film più «erotico» di Kubrick è 'Il dr. Stranamore' (1963) (girato anch’esso in Inghilterra), che segna la fine della collaborazione con Harris (il quale vuol passare alla regia ed esordirà due anni dopo con 'Stato d'allarme', film che sembra essere la risposta «realistica» a Stranamore).

THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE: EXAMINING THE RELIGIOUS SUBTEXT OF RIDLEY SCOTT’S ‘BLADE RUNNER’

2018-02-21T09:54:31-08:00 January 24th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , |

Ridley Scott's film "Blade Runner" is rooted in the myths and legends of Western culture and draws on a number of genres including film noir and science fiction. Central to the plot, though, is the Genesis story of the creation and fall. Gravett examines the religious subtext of the film, and discusses Deckard and Roy Batty's relationship in terms of the biblical story of Jacob and Esau.

BARRY LYNDON: SETTECENTO – Recensione di Enzo Ungari

2018-01-23T12:32:08-08:00 January 23rd, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Lontano dal cinema di formule e procedimenti a cui rimanda soltanto per la sua mole produttiva, Barry Lyndon si situa in quella zona dove il cinema è invenzione, ricerca, esperimento. Ma dove tutti, coraggiosamente e confusamente, cercano, Stanley Kubrick trova. Non domanda, risponde.

PROGRESS REPORT: ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976) – by Harry Clein [American Film]

2018-01-22T16:13:17-08:00 January 22nd, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , |

On two soundstages at the Burbank Studios, 30.000 square feet are given over to a replica of the fifth door newsroom of The Washington Post. Alan Pakula, the director of the film version of 'All the President's Men', had wanted to use the actual newsroom, but the Post’s editors fretted that this would interfere with the paper’s day-to-day operations.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND: THE GREENING OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM – Review by Pauline Kael

2018-01-21T11:50:05-08:00 January 21st, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the most innocent of all technological-marvel movies, and one of the most satisfying. This film has retained some of the wonder and bafflement we feel when we first go into a plan­etarium: we ooh and aah at the vastness, and at the beauty of the mystery. The film doesn’t overawe us, though, because it has a child’s playfulness and love of surprises.

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI’S 1900: HAIL, FOLLY! – Review by Pauline Kael

2018-01-20T12:31:28-08:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Bertolucci is trying to transcend the audience appeal of his lyrical, psy­chological films. He is trying to make a people’s film by drawing on the mythology of movies, as if it were a collective memory. 1900 is a romantic moviegoer's vision of the class struggle—a love poem for the movies as well as for the life of those who live communally on the land.

THE AMERICAN FRIEND – Review by Pauline Kael

2018-01-20T08:45:45-08:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: CINEMA|Tags: , , , , |

Angst-dark primary colors—reds and blues so intense they’re near­psychedelic, yet grimy, rotting in the thick, muggy atmosphere. Cities that blur into each other. Characters as figures in cityscapes or as exiles in rooms that are insistently not home. And, under it all, morbid, premon­itory music.

THE INCOMPARABLE ATUK: A CANADIAN ESKIMO’S AMERICAN DREAM – by Arnold E. Davidson

2018-01-19T16:05:26-08:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , |

The title of The Incomparable Atuk suggests a certain satiric borrowing from The Great Gatsby. Gatsby may have been “great," but Atuk is "incomparable.” The similarity between the two works extends considerably beyond their titles, however, for Atuk pursues his dream of his own destiny with a dedication worthy of Gatsby himself.

D.L. HUGHLEY: UNAPOLOGETIC (2007) – Full Transcript

2018-01-23T00:00:14-08:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: COMEDY|Tags: , |

D.C., Hughley focuses on such topics as the dangers of living in the nation's capital, the qualifications of the 2008 presidential candidates, the current administration, the immigration debate, Cuban refugees, airplane restrictions, the 'n' word, Don Imus and freedom of speech, whites and blacks on cruise ships, Paris Hilton, and much more...