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the commitments

The Commitments ( impegnati) is a 1991 film directed by Alan Parker based on the novel by Roddy Doyle. It follows the story of Jimmy Rabbitte who wants to create the greatest soul band in the world. He does not like the way Irish bands make music and assembles (mette insieme) a group trying to emulate (emulare) the example of Otis…

midnight express

Midnight  Express is a 1978 British American production directed by Alan Parker. It is based on the same book by Billy Hayes then adapated for the cinema by Oliver Stone. The story is about an American college student Billy Hayes who – in 1970 – takes some hashish blocks (pezzi di hashish) in Turkey but is captured by the police while boarding…

alan parker (1944 – )

 Alan Parker, born Islington in 1944, began his career in advertising (pubblicità)  In the late 60’s he was one of a small group of British directors who revolutionized world advertising. As a film director he started his career with the BBC Television film, The Evacuees. His first feature film was Bugsy Malone(1975) a  musical pastiche of 1920s gangster films with…

Ken Russell’s The Music Lover

The Music Lovers (L’altra faccia dell’amore in Italian) is a 1970 British film directed by Ken Russell, starring Glenda Jackson and Richard Chamberlain.The film  is based on Beloved Friend, a collection of personal correspondence edited by Catherine Drinker Bowen and Barbara von Meck on the  life and career of 19th century Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The film is without…

Ken Russell’s Savage Messiah

The film Savage Messiah (1972) by Ken Russell  was a flop  on release (quando fu lanciato), and the sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, the protagonist,  is neglected (dimenticato).  However it is one of the films which explains at best the cultural and ideological atmosphere of the period before and during the first world war. It is about the love between the sculptor…

Hugo

Hugo is a 2011  historical adventure  film directed by Martin Scorzese and based on Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. 1930s. Paris.  Hugo  is an orphan boy who lives  in the walls of Montparnasse railway station in Paris. He learned to fix clocks (sistenare gli orologi) and other gadgets from his father and uncle and now he keeps…

Shutter Island – un giallo psicologico

Shutter Island is a psychological thriller directed and produced by Martin Scorsese, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. Main actors:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley. 1954. Two U.S. Marshals (agenti), Edward “Teddy” Daniels and Chuck Aule go to Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island,  Boston Harbor. A patient , Rachel Solando, accused of  having murdered her…

Martin Scorzese

 His grandparents were Sicilian.  They  migrated to the U.S.A. and settled in  New York City’s Little Italy. He attended (frequentò)  cinemas more than sports fields because of his asthma (asma), and showed  a great passion for painting and comic strip drawing (disegnare vignette). Martin hoped to become either (o) a painter or a movie actor, but because of his religious…

American Graffiti

American Graffiti is a 1973 film co-produced by George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola and directed by George Lucas. It portrays (ritrae) the rock and roll cultures popular among the post–World War II baby boom generation (1960s) and is  told in a series of vignettes, about a group of teenagers and their adventures within (in) one night. Summer 1962. Southern…

oggi accadde

Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892, in West Virginia in Presbyterian missionaries, living in China. At the age of  three months, she was taken back to China, where she spent most of the first forty years of her life. During the Boxer Uprising (1900) the family  evacuated to Shanghai and later that year, the family returned to…