“SILENCE” (2016) di Martin Scorsese narra di due gesuiti portoghesi ( padre Rodrigues e padre Garupe) che, rifiutando di credere che il loro maestro spirituale, missionario in Giappone, abbia abiurato passando al buddismo, intraprendono un arduo viaggio alla sua ricerca. Sarà una vera e propria via crucis, in cui verranno accompagnati da un fragile giapponese… Read More CINEFORUM: “Silence”
Last Sunday I went to the Theatre (Piccolo Teatro Grassi), in Milan, to see ‘Fine pena: ora’, a play based on the exchange of letters between a lifer, Salvatore, and Elvio Fassone, the judge who condemned him at the end of a maxi trial against the Catania mafia held in Turin in the mid-eighties. The… Read More A play: “Fine pena: ora”
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), who was born and raised in Texas, began singing in a rockabilly & country & western band in high school. While most male rock and roll performers in the 1950s and 1960s showed a defiant masculinity, many of his songs instead conveyed a quiet, almost… Read More Roy Orbison
” Oh, Pretty Woman”, the song recorded by Roy Orbison in 1964, tells the story of a man who sees a pretty woman walking by. He wonders if, as beautiful as she is, she might be as lonely as him but seems sure of getting her. Then he tries to be softer and… Read More “Oh, Pretty Woman” (commentary & translation)
Relating to “The Traveling Wilburys”, here is a song by Roy Orbison, one of the stars of that famous supergroup: “Oh, Pretty Woman Pretty woman, walkin’ down the street Pretty woman the kind I like to meet Pretty woman I don’t believe you, you’re not the truth No one could look as good as you,… Read More (U3A) A song: “Oh Pretty Woman”
“Paradise Road” è un film del 1997 che mostra come la via per il paradiso sia irta di difficoltà e dolore. Il film è basato su un episodio poco noto della Seconda Guerra Mondiale, cioè la storia di un gruppo di donne imprigionate dai giapponesi a Sumatra, delle quali descrive la capacità di resilienza alle… Read More Un film: “Paradise Road”
This engraving (1860) represents Mozart’s burial and it has a poem printed beneath (in German): As the storm roars about, on the snow-covered field, On the final path, brightened by no beam of light He heads on alone; no eye weeps for him, Only his loyal dog follows along, his only friend. (Mentre la tempesta… Read More 7 December: Mozart’s funeral
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart morì il 5 dicembre 1791 a soli 35 anni. Sembrava al culmine della gloria: in settembre aveva finito di musicare “Il flauto magico“, ne aveva diretto la prima, poi aveva iniziato a comporre il “Requiem”. Era quindi nel pieno dell’attività, e in buona salute, ma all’improvviso, il 22 novembre, due giorni dopo… Read More Chi (o che cosa) ha ucciso Mozart?
On 5 December 1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the age of 35. Apparently he was at the height of his powers: in September he had completed the score of “The Magic Flute,” conducted its premiere, then he had started writing the “Requiem”. He was evidently active and in good health, but suddenly, on 22… Read More 5 Dec. 1791: WHO (or WHAT) KILLED MOZART?
“Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.” “Alcuni scienziati affermano che l’idrogeno, poiché sembra così abbondante, è la sostanza basilare dell’universo. Io non… Read More Frank Zappa (1940 – December 4, 1993)