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Marx, Crime and the Cuckoo

What’s in common between Karl Marx, crime and the cuckoo clock, if anything? Well, there is first this little pamphlet written by Marx himself, titled “In praise of crime”, or something very like this. In it, Marx says that, contrary … Continue reading

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2014 Allen’s Movie Marathon

What have I learned on life from the movies I’ve seen? What have I learned from the stories of love, sex and neurosis from Woody Allen? Who knows, more than “learn” I ought to use the word “influence”. What has … Continue reading

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Love You

It’s just fitting to finish the year 2014 off with a good-spirited animated GIF. I had a flash of this moment from Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981), when a cute girl blinks on a baffled professor (Harrison Ford), just … Continue reading

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Bananas –in Old San Juan

Woody Allen’s Bananas (1971) was, I recently discovered thanks to YouTube, shot in Old San Juan, and some other parts of Puerto Rico, notably the El Yunque Rainforest. The scene in the next video was shot close to where I … Continue reading

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Pasolini

When in Rome this summer I had the opportunity to view an excellent exposition on Pasolini. There, among original artifacts, letters, newspaper articles, books, I encountered the film-maker and poet who had violently died 31 years ago. Having watched almost … Continue reading

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