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Star Wars!

P1180578Close-up of the new spaceship…


Mighty Woody

$_35A lot of celebrations on tv and radio for Woody Allen…I had completely forgotten about this movie, I have to watch it again!


train junkies/17


We have our traditions in Yorkshire by now. Saturday night: movie! Let’s face it, much easier done here than in Dusseldorf…

Last time we went for something light and happy, “The Intern”. I absolutely loved Anne Hathaway’s clothes.

This time round we have our long-awaited appointment with 007….Spectre. MeinMann and I waited to be together to go and see the movie…the beautiful Everyman’s is fully booked solid for all weekend…we go to The Lights then.

What shall I say? I loved the clothes. And the cars. And the watch. And of course the actors. I am a big fan of Daniel Craig…he’s done the best 007 ever. But this movie sadly has no decent plot. Craig is acting well in spite of the absence of plot here. Same for Léa Seydoux, fabulous diva in this movie.

So what is the key take away of this movie?

The scenes shot in Rome, magnificient…especially the funeral on the backdrop of the EUR quarter travertine impressive buildings. And that dinner & fight on the train – a fictional South African Blue Train, in the reality they were shot in Morocco – with Seydoux in silk column dress and Craig in white tuxedo…596922-945dd852-7ed2-11e5-9ebf-df2290582775


Culture clash (or culture crash?)


The beauty of the festival: the debate with the public, after the movie. On stage, from left to right, Velasco Vitali, the sculptor. A German journalist-moderator from the Berlinale organisation. A wannabe interpreter. Francesco Clerici, the director. The movie’s sound editors and the musician. And we, the public.

Now now now, what did we see on stage tonight? A somewhat weird but enjoyable debate, between an Italian cast and a German public, with a few Italians under cover, us and a few younger ones. And three idioms, since the majority of the action was carried on in English with bursts of Italian and German, pouring out like liquid bronze. Some funny questions. A weird speech by the artist. Some passionate answers by the director. Who were the main characters? Continue reading ‘Culture clash (or culture crash?)’


Craftsmanship at the Berlinale


How beautiful is the Delphi Film Palast on the Kantstrasse…an old beauty, red satin lining the walls, comfortable old armchairs and a gallery…on the last, icy sunny day of the Berlinale, this is the place where we wanted to be.

We were there today to watch “Il gesto delle mani” –  Hand gestures – by the young italian director Francesco Clerici. A movie about wax casting and sculpture, shot in a bronze foundry in Milano, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia.

Passionate as we are of metalwork, to see how statues are cast was something we still had to discover. We’ve seen how gold once poured becomes jewelry in Rome, how from steel mills long metal rods almost run for their lives in Trieste, how gold is mined and coins are minted in Western Australia. So we were extremely interested in this documentary movie, we are metal junkies.

“Il gesto delle mani” is essentially a silent movie, and a thrilling one. Director Francesco Clerici was able to turn the wax, clay and bronze manipulations into a 77 minutes long plot full of suspence. The viewer – especially the one unfamiliar with the wax casting method – constantly wonders why some actions are performed and what comes next, the only accompanying sounds being the occasional radio in the background and the foundry’s voice.

Hands are constantly in the foreground, and beautiful, strong and meaty ones, hands working and shaping, infusing the artwork with their technical knowledge, superposing that to the artist’s work. Actually, at times one wonders where the border in betweeen art and craftsmanship exactly is.

Francesco Clerici explained, after the viewing of the movie, that he inspired himself to Ermanno Olmi, the last director who filmed manual work in Italy. Since fifty years or so, manual work is no longer the object of documentaries and this means that some messages no longer hit the audiences. Yet another reason for viewing this movie.

And there is a dog, the main character of this movie. Initially in flesh-like red wax, and at the end in glazed bronze. His ears sticking to the ground, his crouching yet alert position, ready for a joyful jump…he disappears at the end of the movie in the van of a car and joins his siblings in the artist’s atelier.

Source of photo: official website



MV5BMTM1OTc4MzgzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTE2NjgyMw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_I was looking for “Men prefer blondes” at Dussmann the other day, but the store was about to close and I grabbed a Jack Lemmon movie I had not watched yet instead. It can only be fun, right? Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine…

The movie actually is bittersweet…and quite a clever one. Billy Wilder won three Academy Awards and this is a bit surprising considering the controversial aspects of the movie. Shot in 1960, it is partly Mad Men, partly Sex and the City…there’s everything in it, and it is not always fun. The Corporation, a fun version of Playtime. The courtisan-secretary status, such as in Mad Men. The single pad next to Central Park – hard to believe – and its loneliness in the background, such as in Sex and the City. The cynical career moves, such as in Mad Men.

All in all, not the typical Christmas comedy you would expect – yes, there are Christmas office scenes – but a nice fresco of a rapidly changing society. Incredibly, the movie is a black and white one, which takes away probably the insouciance normally associated with the warm Technicolor tones of the 60s movies, and associates the movie more to its siblings of the past…such as Grand Hotel, which is quoted at the beginning of the movie. A private joke by Billy Wilder, for sure, a clin-d’oeil to Berlin.


Cloud Atlas @ Babylon


After a Spring-like “temporale” we headed to Kotti for the much-awaited viewing of Cloud Atlas with Stephi…the plot is very intricated and intertwined, so is the macramé of Meronym’s dress…as you can see from Stephi’s pictures!

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