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Monday, March 12, 2018
FIFA BRINGS GREAT ART FILMS TO US
L’HISTOIRES D’ ISRAEL
A talking heads presentation by writers and
other intellects who express their love fo the country and its many layers and
faults.. Inevitably, the main topic is the conflict between Palestinians and
Jews. (Screened at FIfA).
presentation of several female photographers and what they have to go through
to be one. There is so much censorship, but these brave women risk a lot to get
their relisitc and often quirky photographs. Many show the repression of women
and the depression that is concurrent to being a woman in Iran. (Screened
A black and
white retrospective on this brilliant singer who sought solitude but attracted
internatioanl fame with his songs and passionate performances. He left his first
family and did a lot of roaming, A restless artist who suffered both in
childhood and later. The clips were rare and illuminating. It is always a joy
to watch and hear him. Sad, he is no longer with us. Clips were rare and illuminating. It is always a joy
to watch and hear him. Sad, he is no longer with us. (Screened at FIFA).
all, Bristol-born, Grant (Archie Leach) was actually and somewhat ironically, a private
person. In the late 1950s, all his life he felt his public persona was not
fulfilling to his authentic self. Hollywood
sucked him in. His quest is peace of mind. He wanted to rid himself of all hypocrisies.
He consults a shrink and nothing seemed to get him what he wanted until he took
LSD. This is a highly revealing film about a great actor and man. He took to
the fusion of outward and inward “trips”. Judy Babalan was his best friend and
she narrates a lot. She says he invented himself and everyone wanted to be like
him. But his crisis he faced head-on. He became a different man after each weekly
5-hour session. His subconscious enlightened him after each therapeutic trip
where a mosaic of past and present created for him a montage of his life and direction
for the future. The film is a type of LSD trip as well as it shows his dreams.
He says love eluded him. Manners took over. his mother left him. This gave him trouble with women. Three marriages later, lack of turst overcame in them due to abandonment issues. Clearly, he suffered from poverty of affect. This film is a must for those in
search of the real person behind the actor who was groomed to become the
THE MISSION OF KENTNAGANO
A wonderful film on the Montreal
conductor’s prodigious journey to bring classical music to the young, starting
right in Montreal at St-RemiSchool.
In addition, “The Magic Flute” was performed in Hamburg with him conducting and directing
the youth during rehearsals. Maestro Nagano’s
greatest inspiration came from a teacher who settled in the village where he
was raised on a farm. This maestro was multi-talented and his many artistic
talents shaped the young Nagano.
Intent to find out why classical music is not as connected as it ought to be to
young people, he states so many reasons that this will change, thanks to his personal
efforts. He reveals the power of music as it affects all humans. The
documentary takes us to Montreal.
Hamburg and Japan as the lens reveals the
great maestro’s contributions. (Screened
Hannigan conducts the Ludwig Orchestra and sings Lulu and Crazy Girl. I think
the filmmaker was more in love with her hair than anything else.. It made me
think that Berg, composer of “Lulu” was usurped by Debussy, who composed “The
Girl with the Flaxen Hair”. Hannigan sings
with the orchestra and the musicians play and sing too. The film lacked
complete focus, and this subject needed a far more liner and logical approach rather
then just showing her conducting and landscape scenes with a voice of a man
remembering his childhood and excitement about his music teacher. Who this man
behind the voice is supposed to be is unclear.
A compelling reveal from the iconic singer herself talking about her days with Mick Jagger, her descent into drugs, living on the streets ofnew York, her stint as a theatre actor and her remarkable come-back. She confesses that her life has really been lived without much thought, taking opportunities when they were given to her. She obviously paid the price for entering a worked she could not cope with, for this beautiful woman is essentially shy and anti-social. Sandrine Bonnaire directed this and conducted the interviews. Marianne Faithfull really could not sing well, and today her voice is best suited for a Brechtian production. Her songs these days are very confessional, and despite her age, her charisma continues to captivate.