Rodin (2017)

Rodin (2017) The problem with this version of Rodin is that it will always be judged by the extraordinary Camille Claudel, Bruno Nuytten‘s 1988 biopic, starring the incomparable Isabelle Adjani, for which she received both a César and an Academy Award. Jacques Doillon takes a fairly conventional approach, through a series of tableaux that put … More Rodin (2017)

Final Portrait (2018)

Final Portrait (2018) Stanley Tucci wrote and directed this independent film that focuses on the unrelenting obsession of Alberto Giacometti when at work making a portrait of his friend James Lord, who wrote about the experience. Geoffrey Rush provides a credible performance as the artist, and Tony Shalhoub surprises as his brother Diego. The excruciating … More Final Portrait (2018)

The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

The Color of Pomegranates (1969) Sergei Parajanov recreates the story of Armenian bard Sayat-Nova through a series of iconographic tableaux. The resplendent colors and austere asceticism of historic locations saturate this movie in ritual. “Actress Sofiko Chiaureli notably plays six roles in the film.” Soviet censors had little understanding or sympathy for such celebration of … More The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Dalí’s Greatest Secret (2013)

  Dalí’s Greatest Secret (2013) Paul Perry wrote and directed this documentary that focuses on Salvador Dalí’s commission to paint the first vision of Fatima, The Vision of Hell. Conceived by John Hartford of the Blue Army as publicity celebrating the Vatican’s proposed 1961 disclosure of the secret third vision, the painting, over which Dalí … More Dalí’s Greatest Secret (2013)

Fractal Delight

Blog with a View After Terry Wright’s Fractal Blog Page 1. By the image in the word Meaning casts its shadow By the word in the image Colors strain to stain. 2. Flow sweeps away on Mercury wings With magnification The hidden emerges 3. Gaudy or polite Or impish wisdom   Sharing the void Ought … More Fractal Delight

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Carmen Maura gives a defining performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s Spanish screwball comedy. Inspired by Jean Cocteau’s La Voix Humaine, the film reveals a ‘new woman’ of the Post-Franco generation, someone who, like Pepa, caught in a whirlwind of passionate breakup, takes control of her life, and, … More Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)