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Dreyfus, Roman Polanski, and the anti-Semitism

The film ‘J’accuse’, in Italy ‘The officer and the spy’, by Roman Polański, starred by Jean Dujardin and Louis Garrel, is based on the Dreyfus affair, and takes the title from the article that the writer Émile Zola wrote to defend the innocent defendant.
It is technically perfect, artistically admirable and allows us to reflect on how much anti-Semitism there has always been in Europe and in the world.
As will be recalled from scholastic reminiscences, the Jewish population has been the object of prejudice, discrimination and persecution in all periods of history; in ancient times, the Jews were frequently subjugated and deported, in later periods, aided by some imperial constitutions, accusations of deicide and prohibitions relating to entire working environments, they were often vilified and marginalized. Even earlier, therefore, to arrive at the Shoah and the most known atrocities of the twentieth century.
The present blogger remembers having even found an anti-Semitic fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm
Il film ‘J’accuse’, in Italia ‘L’ufficiale e la spia’, di Roman Polański,interpretato da Jean Dujardin e Louis Garrel, si basa sul caso Dreyfus e mutua il titolo originale dall’articolo che lo scrittore Émile Zola scrisse per difendere l’innocente imputato.
È tecnicamente perfetto, artisticamente mirabile e consente di riflettere su quanto antisemitismo ci sia sempre stato in Europa e nel mondo.
Come si ricorderà dalle reminiscenze scolastiche, la popolazione ebraica è stata oggetto di pregiudizi, discriminazioni e persecuzioni in tutte le epoche della storia; nell’antichità, gli Ebrei erano di frequente sottomessi e deportati, nelle epoche successive, complici alcune costituzioni imperiali, accuse di deicidio e divieti relativi a interi ambiti lavorativi, sono stati spesso vilipesi ed emarginati. Ancor prima, dunque, d’arrivare alla Shoah e alle  piú conosciute atrocità del Novecento.
Chi scrive ricorda d’avere addirittura trovato una fiaba antisemita nella raccolta dei fratelli Grimm 

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Antinous, and a new-old religion based on him

Antinous

Antinous was the young man beloved by the emperor Hadrian. In my humble opinion, His name should be related to the two Greek words αντί (against) and νοῦς (mind, reason, understanding), and should mean “the nonconformist, the one who was born to oppose banality and conventions”. According to the history, He died falling into the Nile river, amid mysterious circumstances; in the version welcomed and purposed by Marguerite de Yourcenar, He is reported as a voluntary suicide in a ritual that was supposed to lengthen the life of the Emperor Hadrian.
Deified by Hadrian after His death, Antinous was sometimes identified with Bacchus or other Gods, and (more…)


international animation day 2019

international animation day 2019 official poster

(from ASIFA official website)

ASIFA created the International Animation Day (IAD) in 2002, honoring the birth of animation, recognized as the first public performance of projected moving images: Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris, on the 28th October 1892.
ASIFA coordinates and helps promote IAD celebrations all over the world, putting the art of animation in the limelight in a global worldwide celebration of animation. In recent years, this unique event has been commemorated in more than 50 countries, on every continent of the world. (…)
Every day we witness the importance and beauty of animation in a variety of media. It spreads in commercial theatres – featuring 3D animation and special effects, on TV, publicity, music industry, cross media, internet, but, and most specially, it develops and grows as an art form, through shorts, multimedia and feature films, created by independent authors, artists, students, and children from all over the world.
Animation includes an impressive range of approaches, techniques and goals. Created by drawing, painting, animating puppets and objects, using clay, sand, paper and computer, working with multiple narratives and non-narratives, reflecting a diversity of themes and performances, presented on a variety of platforms. All of this confirms that ANIMATION is an extraordinary and powerful medium of art, cultural expression and communication. And, as a visual storytelling medium, animation can communicate across cultures without verbal language. It truly is a means for cultural connection.
ASIFA (more…)


desalination to obtain drinkable water

In a previous post, I dealt with desalination as an interesting way to fight drought and water resources scarceness, already in use, e.g., in Australia, where desertification is going on.
It is now wonderful to hear of a no profit organization, GivePower, that managed to obtain drinkable water from the Ocean, for the Kenyan people! It is calculated (by Unicef) that 2 billions of people in the world do not have access to the drinkable water, neither to drink, nor for washing nor to cook; the Kenyan village of Kiunga, the one we are speaking of, is in a particularly arid zone, and people needed to walk for an hour to reach the first usable well.
GivePower saved the situation and, what is wonderful, by using a solar-powered plant!
This is the path to walk on, and (more…)


to some couples with love

Adoptions, and international adoptions, should be significantly preferred to the assisted fecundation. From a spiritual standpoint, if nothing else. For the ones who can do it, of course, and as far as possible, given the problems with bureaucracy and the different laws of each Country. In USA, gay couples too can adopt*; honestly, in my humble opinion, to help the children of Syria, whose relatives die under the bombs, or the little ones of other unlucky Countries, would be wonderful. Distance adoption is not enough.
For a rich couple, taking into consideration an adoption should be even easier than (more…)


the universe and you, quotes in comparison

When you want something, the whole universe conspires for you to fulfill your wish*.

Paulo Coelho

The universe has a way of leading you to where you’re supposed to be at the moment you’re supposed to be there.’

Agent High T (film ‘Men in Black: International’)

*original version in Portuguese: (more…)


an electrical advice: the Current War

If you have not done so yet,
please seriously take into consideration to see the film ‘The Current War’,
released these days in Italy as ‘Edison – L’uomo che illuminò il mondo’,

directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon,
starred by Benedict Cumberbatch, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, (more…)


Frozen 2, the second trailer

Frozen 2 official poster

Check out the official trailer for Frozen 2 now, and see the film in theaters November 22.
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen”, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2” (more…)


Batman the Light

Batman the Light

Batman is our favourite superhero.
He does not have supernatural powers but he uses intelligence, courage, physical resources and technology.
In our humble opinion, it is not a banality, just considering that being a superhero is much simpler in the measure in which, for example, one can fly, shoot laser beams from the eyes or be physically indestructible.
(Do not get us wrong, please, others superheroes’ values and honesty are out of discussion…)
May 2019 marks Batman’s 80th anniversary; however, (more…)


#Bond25, #Oscars2020 and… other devils…

Update on August 20, 2019: ‘Bond 25’ will be titled ‘No Time to Die’.

Some important pieces of information on 007 next film (‘Bond 25’) and on the new rules for the Oscar Awards.

  • As for the first ones, it was already known that ‘Bond 25’ will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and starred by Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, José Alfredo Fernandez; to be released on April, 8, 2020, distributed by Universal Pictures. The event for ‘Bond 25’ (definitive title yet to be defined) official presentation has been set in Jamaica, one of the historical locations for 007 (1962’s ‘Dr. No’, the first movie in the franchise). As before announced, Bond 25 could be the last mission for Daniel Craig; Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnera, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whishaw are confirmed. New entries: Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek in the role of the villain. Sets will be located in Jamaica, Norway, London and Italy, probably in Matera.
  • As for the Oscars new rules, and the Foreign Language Film that becomes International Feature Film Award, hereafter the official communication from the official website:

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Earth Day 2019 in the world (in Italy too)

Update: on the occasion of the Earth Day, Corona and Parley for the Oceans publish ‘The Fish’, an animation video designed to raise awareness of the danger of plastic pollution for marine species, and promote engagement against disposable plastic, so as to protect our natural paradises and save animal lives. The video, created by the Oscar nominated artist PES, is available on his Youtube account, and at the end of the post.

Earth Day Network works year round to solve climate change, to end plastic pollution, to protect endangered species, and to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe. (…) Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity. The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching. If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy. Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem here. (more…)


MGM: 95 years of lions…

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Mon coeur est à Paris

et il brûle aux côtés de Notre-Dame

 

(My heart is in Paris and it actually burns alongside Notre-Dame)


Earth Hour 2019 : how to take a part

Earth Hour 2019
Earth Hour 2019

Earth Hour 2019 – Click on the picture for more…

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30 years of web. And now?

Update on March 12, h 7 pm (Italians only): ha luogo dal 13 al 17 marzo l’edizione 2019 della Milano Digital Week, rassegna d’eventi e riflessioni, promossa dall’Assessorato alla Trasformazione digitale e ai Servizi civici, che muove dalla consapevolezza che “la città è una piattaforma, un elemento ordinatore. Un elemento di sviluppo del singolo come della collettività. (…)È l’intelligenza che si attiva, ovviamente, là dove nascono l’educazione, la formazione, la didattica. (…) è anche quell’impresa collettiva che consente di progettare e di rendere materia o servizi il progetto (…), è quell’intelligenza che presiede al tempo libero, che si frammenta in tanti rivoli.” La lista completa degli incontri e degli stimoli della Milano Digital Week è consultabile al sito www.milanodigitalweek.com/eventi.

“Today, 30 years on from my original proposal for an information management system, half the world is online. It’s a moment to celebrate how far we’ve come, but also an opportunity to reflect on how far we have yet to go.
The web has become a public square, a library, a doctor’s office, a shop, a school, a design studio, an office, a cinema, a bank, and (more…)


responsibilities of mass media

A teacher, a professor of school, reaches, throughout his entire life, some hundreds, some thousands of human beings.
An artist, a professional of Film or Television, also of the Internet, he can illuminate millions.
From such assumption, potentialities and responsibilities derive.
Un maestro, un professore di scuola, raggiunge, nell’intera sua vita, qualche centinaio, qualche migliaio di esseri umani.
Un artista, un professionista del Cinema o della Televisione, anche di Internet, può illuminarne milioni.
Da questo assunto, derivano potenzialità e responsabilità.

and the Oscars (2019) went to…

The official ceremony for the Oscars 2019 was held yesterday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles. For the first time in the history, no presenter was on the stage, due to a particular issue.
Hereafter, the full list of 2019’s Academy Award nominees and winners (winners in bold): (more…)


Bafta Awards 2019, nominations and winners

Spite of the winter cold in London (6° C), the Bafta Awards 2019 were actually assigned yesterday, February 10. (It is to precise that the ceremony was held indoor, at the Royal Albert Hall…).

Hereafter, the complete list of nominations and winners (winners in bold): (more…)


Pixar & me…

February 3, 19*6: Pasquale Curatola
February 3, 1986: Pixar Animation Studios…

(and please consider to (more…)


Oscars 2019 nominations

The official ceremony for Oscars 2019 to be given will take place on February 24; today, January 22, the complete list of nominations was released:

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (more…)


Happy birthday Popeye!

Popeye (Braccio di Ferro), by Elzie Chrisler Segar

The first appearance of Popeye (in Italy ‘Braccio di Ferro’) took place on January 17, 1929, in the comic strip ‘Thimble Theater’, later renamed ‘Popeye’, leaking from the mind of Elzie Crisler Segar. In 1933, the Max and Dave Fleischer’s Studios adapted the characters of ‘Thimble Theater’ for a series of animated feature short films, called ‘Popeye the Sailor’, for Paramount Pictures, which immediately became very popular; the Fleischer, and (more…)


Christian Bale and other devils…

the church of satan on Christian Bale

Christian Bale, Golden Globe awarded as the best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy for the film ‘Vice’, thanked Satan for the inspiration of the film: “[Satan gave] me inspiration for playing this role”, he said.
The Church of Satan really appreciated, and tweeted: (more…)


Golden Globes 2019: nominees & winners

The 76th Golden Globe Awards ceremony was broadcast live on January 6, 2019, from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST (NBC in the United States). Actors Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg hosted the ceremony, produced by Dick Clark Productions and the HFPA.
Hereafter, the complete list of nominees and winners: (more…)


an… Ocean of wishes!

Based on/ on the same tune of ‘How far will I go’,
written by Lin –Manuel Miranda and originally performed by Alessia Cara

Walt Disney Records – Album Moana (Original Disney’s ‘Oceania’ Soundtrack)

[Verse 1]
This time is a very special period
in which your soul is enlightened at all.
This time is a very magic period
in which the dreams of your heart take off and go!
[Refrain 1]
And if I realize how many seeds
I spread throughout my entire life
I am almost sure they will grow up
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