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Joshua Oppenheimer’s Masterpieces in St. Louis

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Asia, Doc, Genocide, History, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Politics, Review, Spectacle, STL, Time, US, Violence |

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.” — Oscar Wilde. Instead of writing a regular review of “The Look of Silence” – I will only mention that it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival – it is better NOT to say too much about the things we care about. There is nothing worse than to introduce a film by saying it is great…” […]

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Best of Enemies – A Review

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in History, Media, Politics, Review, Site, Spectacle, STL, US | 4 comments

My review: Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That’s voting. — Robert Frost – It may be odd to like what disturbs us but it is clear that Best of Enemies is meant to provoke, and in that sense it is most successfully engaging. In 1968, while trailing NBC and CBS – to debate the Democratic and Republican national conventions – ABC hired two commentators, the conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and the liberal Gore Vidal Vidal; the strategy worked and the ratings jumped way up! Almost every night the sparks were flying all over, not by the fireplace but on the small screen: two of the most articulate public intellectuals – in the days when such individuals still existed – were brilliantly sparring around the politics of those conventions. And then everything blew up. […]

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Gemma Bovery – a film review

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Books, Death, Film, France, French, Humor, Review, STL |

My Review: “I can resist everything except temptation.” — Oscar Wilde. A light comedy to delight those who are too willing to fall under the charm of France… or is it under the charm of Gemma Arterton? — you may recognize her as one of James Bond’s girls. Based on Posy Simmonds’ satirical graphic novel which itself revisits Flaubert’s classic novel, Madame Bovary, the film is a great excuse to spend an hour and half around a small town bakery in Normandy, landing there with two British expats. What could such a bored beauty as Gemma conjure up to escape her fate? Or will she, as the victim of some literary parallel become Emma Bovary?! […]

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Salgado & The Salt of the Earth – a review

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Art, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, France, Highlights, Human Rights, Native, Now, Peace, Photo, Politics, Racism, Review, Spectacle, STL, Travel, Wars, Women, World |

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau. My review: Like Don McCullin, another photographer who has been on the alert for a very long time, Sebastião Salgado cares very much about the entire planet. SalgadoSML Salgado with the statuesque features of a Greek oracle figure looks straight at us; what is to be revealed?
As he plunges over and over into the “heart of darkness” without renouncing its splendor, it is as if his own heart’s chambers expand each time. […]

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Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Film, Hispanic, Humor, Jewish, Music, Review, Theater, Violence, Women |

LAST DAY IS THURSDAY! – AT THE TIVOLI IN ST. LOUIS: Wild Tales/ Relatos Salvajes/Les Nouveaux Sauvages/Storie pazzesche/Jeder dreht mal durch! My review (an excerpt): the humor is explosive, the jokes hard-hitting, the dysfunctional machine is perfectly well-oiled! Society has a great many constraints but if we go outside, we can feel sooo free! Damián Szifron, the director of “Wild Tales” explores what lies beyond the rules, when we lose control… and anything can happen. After breaking the all-time record of attendance in Argentina, it was nominated […]

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