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Werckmeiser Harmonies ... I recorded it a few weeks ago. Hope to watch it very soon.
Have you find any similarities between Interstellar and Solaris? Do you think Tarkovsky has been a clear influence for Nolan's last work?

3/21/2015 View
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Of couse the development of the characters' cognitive, emotional, intellectual, and social feelings is a reflection of consequences of the war. The same can be said about the inner structure of the movie, clearly made by juxtaposed and thematically different sequences.
For instance, Willard's different consideration toward the figure of Kurtz reflects the absurdities of what He has seen and heard, of that he testifies. He asked himself: how can you define Kurtz a mad man, a murderer, just here, in the middle of all of this.
Vittorio Storaro cinematography often use deeply saturated colors (like pulsating magentas and gaudy oranges). His choice reflects the redundant style of the movie.
I obviously heard about both the Greek director and Bela Tarr but i never watched one of their movies. About Tarkovsky, his movie are very difficult and I cannot judge them easily.
I remember i did not like mirror and the sacrifice. Stalker and Solaris were way better. But i need to rewatch them.
Sorry for my bad english.

3/21/2015 View
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Apocalypse Now is a great movie only on the surface. His greatness can be found in isolated fragments like the rise of the Valkyries, Duvall's mad portrait of Colonel Kilgore, Brando's magnificent quarter of an hour and Doors music to underline the desperation of the characters. The Idea to show Vietnam like Disneyland is original too. Anyway Apocalypse Now always have seemed to me like a mastodontic attempt to express and convey a lot of motifs without even reaching any single single target. It suffers of leviathanic gigantism.
Verhoeven is an underrated director and Showgirls is one of his best movies. Like Rivette said about it: "It has great sincerity, and the script is very honest. it's one of the great American films of the last few years. It’s Verhoeven’s best American film and his most personal. it’s about surviving in a world populated by assholes, and that’s his philosophy. Of all the recent American films that were set in Las Vegas, Showgirls was the only one that was real"

3/21/2015 View
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Go on hoping...

3/15/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

Like Tristan and Isolde, there isn't a hors concours recording of the last work of Bach.
For Contrapunctus I I love Gould live interpretation (the one where you can hear a bird in the beginning of the video)
For Contrapunctus II Gould is my favourite one.
Contrapunctus III: Robert Hill or Kenneth Gilbert
Contrapunctus IV: Gould on mad piano '60 live tv broadcast
Contrapunctus V: Gilbert
Contrapunctus VI: Gould on organ
Contrapunctus VII: Koroliov by far
Contrapunctus VIII: Gilbert or Leonhardt
Contrapunctus IX: Gould or Gilbert
Contrapunctus X: Moroney
Contrapunctus XI: Gould or Gilbert
Contrapunctus XII: Walcha
Contrapunctus XIII: rectus dunno, inversus Gould
Canons: very hard to make a choice here
Contrapunctus XIV: absolutely Gould

2/7/2015 View
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Why do u skip it? Coz it's too much intense?
Contrapunctus II is written in french style and display a masterful rendition in the treatment of notes inègales.
notes inégales refers to the swung, jazz-like, rhythmic inflections of the musical score.

1/31/2015 View
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Argh.. you forgot the best page by Bach! no.14! The unfinished fugue.
The least satisying work in the art of fugue is maybe Contrapunctus 12 or 2. By they are even masterpieces on their own.

1/31/2015 View
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1/29/2015 View
MY DESERT ISLAND WORKS OF ART

One small prelude by Bach is better than all contemporary music, imho.
Anyway, which are your favourite contrapunctus from BWV 1080, if I may ask?

1/29/2015 View
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Indeed, lol.
For instance, the only movie i'm going to include in this list is Trouble in Paradise.

1/21/2015 View
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Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte above all the other operas. for chamber works i would mention: k 387, k 421, k 428 and 464 (string quartets), k 515 and 516 for string quintets.
My favourite symphony is the one in g minor.
Do not forget the clarinet concerto and some marvellous, isolated works like the adagio and fugue k 546.
For piano concerto the best is probably the one in c minor.

1/3/2015 View
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If you love the art of Piero i heartily suggest you to buy "Piero della Francesca" a volume written by the great Roberto Longhi, the most eminent critic of the last century.
Roberto Longhi was not only an art critic but a poet. Do you know that he rediscovered Caravaggio after the centuries of neglect?

10/3/2014 View
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Yeah, it's interesting to notice the dichomoty between Masaccio's fantastic sense of perspective and the volume of his bodies against Masolino's old style of painting. Two different worlds in one chapel. Masaccio's death is maybe the most tragic early departure among the giant masters of the renaissance period.
In only 27 years of life he contributed (along with Brunelleschi and Donatello) to create a new world for art. And his works are not only revolutionary but masterpieces by themselves. Imagine what he could have done if the fate would have allowed him to live till 50yo.
In his twenties he was already considered a new Giotto. Just imagine...

10/3/2014 View
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Vision of Constantine is one of treasure of the art of painting and one of the very first night-scene (nocturno) in the history of art (obviously, this primacy is only part of its greatness).
In general, i think it's best best fresco cycle along with those marvellous works in the Cappella Brancacci.

9/30/2014 View
Greatest Films - Extended List (ARCHIVED)

About your list I miss these titles
2.Metropolis-Lang (1927) ["The Complete Metropolis", 147 minutes]
4.Brazil-Gilliam (1985) [The Final Cut, 142 minutes]
5.Nostalghia-Tarkovsky (1983)
10.The Kingdom-Von Trier (1994)
11.Greed-Von Stroheim (1924) [Studio Cut, 140 minutes]
16.Landscape in the Mist-Angelopoulos (1988)
25.The Traveling Players-Angelopoulos (1975)
31.The Color of Paradise-Majidi (1998)
37.The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover-Greenaway (1989)
41.City of Lost Children-Jeunet (1995)
44.Miracle in Milan-De Sica (1951)
45.The Man With A Movie Camera-Vertov (1928)
51.Earth-Dovzhenko (1930)
52.Satantango-Tarr (1994)
54.Wings of Desire-Wenders (1987)
58.Zardoz-Boorman (1972)
61.12 Monkeys-Gilliam (1995)
62.Dr. Akagi-Imamura (1998)
64.The Blue Angel-Von Sternberg (1930)
69.Europa-Von Trier (1991)
71.Secret Ceremony-Losey (1968)
Viridiana
86.La Strada-Fellini (1954)
87.Eternity and a Day-Angelopoulos (1998)
91.The Last Laugh-Murnau (1924)
92.A Face in the Crowd-Kazan (1957)
93.Reservoir Dogs-Tarantino (1992)
94.Leon: The Professional-Besson (1994)
95.Close Encounters of the Third Kind-Spielberg (1977)
96.The Seven Samurai-Kurosawa (1954)
97.To Be or Not To Be-Lubitsch (1947)
98.Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?-Yong-kyun (1989)
101.Hard Boiled-Woo (1992)
104.The Road Warrior-Miller (1981)
107.Dead Man-Jarmusch (1995)
108.Sansho the Bailiff-Mizoguchi (1954)
110.The Pillow Book-Greenaway

7/11/2014 View