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Archive for January, 2020


The Movie – The Graduate (1967) – by Mike Nichols.

Having achieved certain goals in life it is easy to fall into apnea in a sea of boredom and uncertainty, because one does not know what to do with one’s future.
Braiding a love affair, and becoming the lover of an older and married person, may seem like a good way to spend time and stay suspended.
Living as existential divers, with the oxygen tank on your back, slowing down in physical and thought movements, due to the water of the silent pool that was chosen: idleness.
True love is an existential storm that rips the diving suit and does not ask for permission to do so.


The Movie – The good, the ugly, the bad – by Sergio Leone.

The sublime beauty of the narrative of the journey of life as a feverish hunt for gold, on an impervious and intricate pathway of obstacles.
The sublime beauty of the narrative of human alliances and individual and popular wars.
The sublime beauty of Sergio Leone’s cinematographic narration of the Western.


The Movie – A Fistful of Dollars Official Trailer – by Sergio Leone.

The shots created by Sergio Leone have the gift of the word uttered in silence.
A sublime, magical director: he knows how to transform every image into living emotion, because he has the extraordinary ability to weave words, images and music together to coordinate everything a perfect dialogue.


The Book – The fire in Berlin (Il rogo di Berlino) – by Helga Schneider.

The author retraces with ruthless realism the dramatic moments of the Second World War she lived when she was a child and remembers the meeting with Adolf Hitler.
A biographical account of how war, as human madness, can deprive human beings of all their dignity, all their rights and of life itself and above all of their own humanity.


The Movie – Breathless (À bout de souffle – 1960) – by Jean-Luc Godard.

Watching this film is like being scratched by the director’s narrative eye.
The rhythm of the film is equivalent to being pulled by the collar of a shirt by a neurotic friend who, while walking beside us, with sudden jolts, demands our attention to his problems.


The Movie – For a few dollars more (Per qualche dollaro in più) – by Sergio Leone.

The dollar generates stories that are intertwined with revenge and madness.
Sergio Leone’s characters are fabulously real in their rough human weaknesses.


The Movie – But my love does not die! (Ma l’amor mio non muore! – 1913) – by Mario Caserini.

This is one of those films in which the acting of the actors (in this case Lyda Borelli), thanks to their excellence, give life to history.


The Movie – Cabiria (1914) – by Giovanni Pastrone.

The beauty and passion of storytelling.


The Movie – Paisà – by Roberto Rossellini.

The beauty of the narration of real life, in its bare simplicity


The Movie – Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (Il gabinetto del Dottor Galigari) – Robert Wiene.

A narration suspended between reality and mental delirium, with scenographies of distorted and distressing landscapes (in my opinion the beauty of this film lies precisely in the creativity of the shapes of the scenographies).
The only aspect that caused me a little boredom concerns the captions, which are too long.
Overall it is a film that catches the viewer, I am not surprised that it was successful at the time.
A story, an ancient thriller still pleasant to watch after a century after its creation.

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