Destiny, Mystery and Obsession: The Lost City of Z


A fully deserved superlative review of a hauntingly beautiful film. I saw it yesterday at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring, the perfect place to enjoy such a great experience: cinematography, acting, score, mystery. Highly recommended to all those who think that there is always a secret underneath the surface of things. If this is an obsession, so be it…Image result for the lost city of z



Bethesda, Maryland, after seeing Pablo Larrain’s film “Neruda”: superb cinematography, great performances, amazing score, nothing about Neruda as a Stalinist intellectual…


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Aimez-vous Brahms?


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Andrzej Wajda at 90


There are no words to say how much East European cinema owes to Andrzej Wajda. The Polish director was born 90 years ago. Happy birthday to a great artist whose works represent the felicitous encounter that Romanian anti-totalitarian thinker Monica Lovinescu called East-ethics. In more than one way, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” is a tribute to Wajda’s path-breaking films…

“Hail, Caesar”: Fabulously funny!


Riotous entertainment at its best, with passions, lies, greed, delusions, dance, a little dog called Engels, and professor Marcuse pontificating dialectically about the antagonistic contradictions of the reified capitalist Kulturindustrie 🙂 Saw it today, loved it!

Casablanca and us


When all is said and done, this is what it is all about. From “Casablanca,” my favorite movie of all times.

When all is said and done, this is what it is all about. From “Casablanca,” my favorite movie of all times:

“Rick: Don’t you sometimes wonder if it’s worth all this? I mean what you’re fighting for.

Victor Laszlo: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing, we’ll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.

Rick: Well, what of it? It’ll be out of its misery.

Victor Laszlo: You know how you sound, Mr. Blaine? Like a man who’s trying to convince himself of something he doesn’t believe in his heart.”

Her Majesty, Queen Ingrid of the Movies,


born in Stockholm on August 29, 1915, as Maria, with Gary Cooper in “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1943)