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Annie Hall 1977

The Diane Keaton/Woody Allen season continues at the Rosen Multiplex with Annie Hall.  I was particularly interested to see if it was now dated. It had not due to the humour of the lines and the vivacious Diana Keaton. After this film Woody Allen became more and more self-absorbed, showing his [...]

November 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Keeping a perspective

As most Rusters will be only too well aware, we oldies often have to make difficult decisions in order to negotiate a careful balancing act between – on the one hand – expressing our bewilderment that the young seem to delight in disregarding or overturning all we know and can teach them about [...]

November 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Lucian Freud, cubism and the visualisation of art

Last Monday there was a fascinating programme on Sky Arts on the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Lucian Freud’s portraits. Like Rembrandt he was a prolific self portraitist. To do this you need a mirror which immediately creates a distorted image. Martin Gayford the art historian wrote an [...]

November 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Manhattan Murder Mystery

Last week I watched an excellent portrait of actress Diane Keaton in the Sky Arts Discovering series. It was so good that I was inspired to view again Manhattan Murder Mystery and Godfather Part Two. Manhattan Murder Mystery works on many levels not least a murder investigation. Larry Lipman [...]

November 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Degas and Velazquez

Last week in our art course we studied Edgar Degas and Diego Velazquez. The current trend in art is to look at the personal life of an artist. Paul Gauguin, for example, came in for severe criticism prior to his recent exhibition at the Royal Academy for leaving his family to marry a young Tahitian [...]

November 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

Mr Wilder & Me/Jonathan Coe

You do not have to read a biography by a film critic to appreciate a legendary director as this novel which I finished yesterday by audio book confirms. Jonathan Coe The narrator is a Greek girl called Calista who when she first meets Billy Wilder in the late 1970s has never heard of him. Later she [...]

November 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Trio/William Boyd

A new William Boyd book is always a significant publishing event as he is one of Britain’s most popular novelists and you do not know what to expect. In a writing career that early on embraced drole colonialism in West Africa but has included espionage and a broad sweep of a life by journal in [...]

November 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

Fedora/Billy Wilder

I am reading a novel by Jonathan Coe called Mr. Wilder and Me. The narrator works in the film world and in chapter two she recalls a dinner in Hollywood in the 70s with the renowned director Billy Wilder who knows the father of her travelling companion. Billy Wilder was making the film Fedora [...]

November 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Crown/Netflix

Largely out of curiosity I watched the first two episodes of The Crown.   I was particularly curious to see whether my recollection of events tallied with those of the series. In one event, the murder of Prince Louis Mountbatten (played by Charles Dance), they did not. I recall feeling a deep [...]

November 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

Pay to view

I was relieved that the Premier league has scrapped Pay to View but not for reasons of morality. Of course the Premier League is awash with money because of their TV deals and can afford to be generous but that was not my beef. I found it impossible to sign up for West Ham v Fulham and was dreading [...]

November 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

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