Category Archives: The Arts

Movies, books, music: my soul food not to fall into oblivion.

Books, music and the like – my likes


I libri sono scudi, più resistenti e duraturi degli esseri umani. Lo sono perlomeno dall’inizio del secolo scorso, dai tempi del modernismo e dell’età dell’ansia; ancora di più oggi, nella società globale del neo-liberismo, dell’hi-tech, del pensiero unico. I regimi bruciano i libri, nei romanzi distopici sono sempre proibiti, nella società contemporanea anche la scuola…

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My movies 2019: reviews, thoughts, impressions, links, suggestions from a movie lover (English and Italian)

Sorry Mr P. Bradshaw, but The Irishman is definitively not Martin Scorsese’s finest film for 30 years. It is a kind of Goodfellas part 2, same narrative technique, use of soundtrack, voice-over, multiple timeline narration and flashbacks. Same actors, looking sometimes like a pantomime of themselves: making them younger by computer technology is like seeing an old…

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Adults in the Room, the film: epic battle against the troika


This post is part of My Movies 2019: reviews, thoughts, impressions, links, suggestions from a movie lover and of Erosion of Democracy in Europe Varoufakis sparked one of the most spectacular and controversial battles in recent political history when, as finance minister of Greece of a radical government, he attempted to re-negotiate his country’s relationship with…

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JOKER: pretty villain with a tender heart – My movies 2019


Reviews, thoughts, impressions, links, suggestions from a movie lover (English and Italian) Even if the story is well-known – the good-hearted loser revenging the cruelty of a merciless society – J. Phoenix performance gives the character a decaying romantic touch that makes the movie: Reduced to a skeletal state … by a diet of nicotine and pain,…

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My movies 2018 – Hostiles: if you like classic Westerns, love and hate J. Wayne in The Searchers, don’t miss it


If you like classic Westerns, love and hate John Wayne in The Searchers, consider The last of the Mohicans a milestone of mythic American literature, don’t miss Hostiles. It is a quintessential Western movie, full of violence and hate, of understanding and hidden love, of fear and racial hatred, of courage and ethnic mixture, an…

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Review – ‘1984’ adaptation for the Italian stage: not a play about the past, but about us, now


Emilia Romagna Teatro has produced this stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four). The play is directed by Matthew Lenton, Artistic Director of Vanishing Point, a multi-award winning theatre company based in Glasgow, Scotland. The play is performed in Italian by young talented actors. As we all know, Italian politics and Big…

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My movies 2018: reviews, thoughts, impressions, links, suggestions from a movie lover (English and Italian)


A personal passionate collection of movies worth remembering. Una collezione personale e appassionata di film che vale la pena ricordare.   Il cinema sotto le stelle   SACCO E VANZETTI (Italia-Francia/1971) di Giuliano Montaldo (125′)      Introduce il regista Giuliano Montaldo Rivisto oggi, restaurato e introdotto dalle parole del vecchio regista, il film impressiona. Non…

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Mafia Republic, a true crime book by J. Dickie – review


Mafia Republic: Italy’s Criminal Curse. Cosa Nostra, ‘ndrangheta and Camorra from 1946 to the Present by John Dickie My rating: 5 of 5 stars … a wise traveller should bring this book with him on an Italian holiday and read it while tanning on a gorgeous Sicilian beach. As I was researching for my book…

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Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley (1958): Trump, Berlusconi and Brexit were already scaringly there

Aldous Huxley

The essay Brave New World Revisited is an astonishing prediction of the XXI century’s shrinking democracy in the West. Here is an annotated long extract I edited as part of my research work for Silvio Berlusconi’s Italy. In times of Brexit, Trumpism, abandon of social commitment and triumph of ignorance, I think it is worth re-reading…

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29 Settembre: happy birthday to Modena ‘beat’ music capital


When the folk revival and then the rock revolution of the 60s arrived in Italy, it landed in Modena. Amid Ferrari and Maserati cars, balsamic vinegar producers, tortellini restaurants and small industrial enterprises scattered around the province, ‘beat’ music started to bloom almost unexpectedly in that ‘little town, bastard place’, as Francesco Guccini, one of…

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