Tuesday, February 28, 2006

about poems.....


"For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences."

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Murgia, Apulian inland, by Pierluigi Di Giulio

Canon EOS 3, lens Canon EF 28-105 USM, Fuji 100 Sensia, Filter polarizz. circ.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Private Dreams

Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Sun ,by Alexander Sokurov

The Sun proves yet again that Sokurov is the greatest living Russian director. His screen portrait of Hirohito is a masterpiece of minimalist elegance. Shot in dusky lighting with grey and green overtones, Sukorov’s aesthetic good taste is unparalleled in contemporary cinema. Emphasis is always perfectly placed. He also manages to infuse the film with lyrical humour and heartbreaking compassion.

The Sun, gives Hirorito, the Japanese emperor, the human treatment. The Sun portrays him while in hiding in a bunker in the summer 1945 after a broadcast to the nation in which he called his people to cease all fighting and allow the Allies to land on Japan’s islands without encountering any form of resistance.

A human perspective on this WWII episode is particularly relevant considering that in Japan the emperor is seen as a direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu. Hirohito (Issey Ogata) renounced his divine ascendancy in order to keep the unity of his wrecked country. Despite the fact that his deed saved the lives of millions of people, the leaders of the ruling elite (which included China, Great Britain, the USSR and the US) demanded that Hirorito should be prosecuted by a military tribunal.

Ogata's performance is one of a kind. His diction is slowed-down as if he was under the effect of sedatives. His body language and facial expressions create an on-screen emperor with the skill of a brain surgeon and the sensitivity of a poet. His Hirorito is quirky, but endearing; a fascinating creature to behold. Another touching aspect of the film is the loyalty and anguish of those who assist him in his bunker, who almost can’t bear the sight of their divine emperor being humiliated, devoid of divinity and looking like he’s losing his sanity.

by Antonio Pasolini for
http://www. thelondonfilter.blogspot.com

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Castle bagging by Jim Richardson

While in Wales, photographer Jim Richardson had a goal of seeing how many castles he could photograph in one day, a challenge he refers to as "castle bagging." On a Sunday morning Richardson ventured to the Beaumaris Castle, the last of the famous Welsh castles to be built. "I have always loved the Beaumaris Castle because it is such a storybook-looking place with the moat, the swans, and the ducks," says Richardson. "It is said to be the most perfect of the castles in its design."

published by http://www.nationalgeographic.com
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women are the roots, men are the leaves

The Naxi People

Naxi live in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province and in Weixi, Zhongdian, Ninglang, Deqin, Yongsheng, Heqing, Jianchuan and Lanping counties, Yunnan Province.

Naxi speak a language from the Chinese-Tibetan language family. As of 1,000 years ago, they had pictographic characters, the "Dongba" script, and syllabic writing, the "Geba" script. That script itself could not be preserved, but since 1980 the Dongba Cultural Research Institute and ten old Naxi Shamans have worked on the translation of 1,000 written works into Chinese. In 1957, the Chinese government helped the Naxi design an alphabetical script.

The Naxi are matriarchal. In the past, children lived with their mothers, a woman was head of the family, women comprised the main labor force and property was passed to children through the mother. "Mother is the tree root and man is the leaf," says one of their songs

Naxi practice the Dongba religion, an unorganized, pantheistic religion with preachers named Dongba meaning "Wise Men." Dongba practice witchcraft, medicine and promote education, art and craftsmanship.

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life is an essential good
we should try to shield from
whatever reasons,
whether personal or ideal
that would deny it

control arms, preserve life

against the use of arms

Friday, February 10, 2006

L'enfant, The Child

by the Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Formal doubts for a formal perspective:

Can a movie be shot like a documentary film? can the actors be locked in their own roles with no oppportunities to make the plot progress if not in their own unchanged, pre-planned direction?

can reality be so stuck in its own premises?

shouldn't reality be taken more as a source of inspiration than as the images operator ultimate goal?

isn't creativity of images about that?

movies don't need to photograph in order to tell us what's reality is about , but they need to tell by means of photography.


Bruno, twenty. Sonia, eighteen. They live off Sonia's benefit and the thefts committed by Bruno and the kids in his gang. Sonia has just given birth to Jimmy, their child. How can Bruno become a father, being so carefree and living as he does for the present, solely concerned about the money from his deals?
by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Palme d'Or 2005

Thursday, February 09, 2006

small is what my eyes can see
big is what my mind can imagine

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Always there is something

a d-collage by sghinopaullimo

Sunday, February 05, 2006

La mort de Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan en 1974 (AP)

L a philosophe américaine Betty Friedan, dont le manifeste "La femme mystifiée" (1963) posa les bases du mouvement féministe moderne, est décédée samedi 4 février, jour de ses 85 ans.

Une femme doit pouvoir dire, sans se sentir coupable: 'qui suis-je et qu'est-ce que je veux de la vie?' Elle ne doit pas se sentir égoïste et névrosée si elle se fixe des objectifs pour elle-même, en dehors du mari et des enfants", expliquait Betty Friedan, souvent considérée comme la "mère" du mouvement féministe américain.

Toutefois, dans le même temps, elle estimait que le mouvement des femmes ne devait pas se mettre en marge de la société américaine, que les femmes devaient accepter les hommes comme des alliés et que la famille ne devait pas être rejetée en bloc.

Betty Friedan a été la fondatrice et première présidente du groupe féministe américain National Organization for Women (NOW, Organisation nationale pour les femmes).

Adieu madame Friedan.

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

"Sur les notions de tolérance et de liberté, on n’a pas cessé de s’affronter jusqu’aux Lumières. Voltaire a jeté les principes d’une civilisation lorsqu’il a écrit : « Je ne suis en rien d’accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai jusqu’à la mort pour que personne ne vous empêche de le dire. » C’était l’idée qu’il pouvait y avoir plusieurs vérités et que l’on avait la liberté d’en choisir une.Autrement dit, ces caricatures du journal danois peuvent être condamnées au nom de l’art et de la sensibilité. Mais elles ne peuvent pas être interdites au nom des principes d’une civilisation."

Jean Daniel à propos des caricatures danoises

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Friday, February 03, 2006

Indian Lights

a d-collage by sghinopaullimo

Thursday, February 02, 2006

grandma Mrs Rachele Franco two centuries ago