The post-neorealist cinema of Ettore Scola. It’s May 6, 1938. We’re in Rome on the silent roofs in via Regina Margherita. The rooftop of the Policlinico Odontoiatrico George Eastman is one of two locations where Ettore Scola sets his 1977 masterpiece “Una giornata particolare”. The other one is situated within a short distance, just a… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time May 6, 1938, “Una giornata particolare”
The variety of words to describe the act of seeing is an indicator for the importance of this activity in our daily life. Watching, seeing, observing, scrutinizing, sensing, pondering, looking or even hearing, for all these activities our eyes are responsible. With the advent of photography this sense though underwent a radical change. With the… Continue reading On the importance of vintage playboy magazines for a cultivated perception of the nude
The Fountain in the Village: While investigating the state of publicly accessible water we found ourselves rediscovering the beauty of fountains. It’s July and August. Summer in the northern hemisphere. Cities become hot and for some of us unlivable. The streets seem to swap their inhabitants for the occasional crowd of urban expeditioneers searching for… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time November 2020
The meaning of style in La Dolce Vita and the Triumph TR3A “Marcello, come here. Hurry up!” “Si, Sylvia, vengo anch’io. Vengo anch’io.” In these early morning hours of a rather cold March in 1959 the baroque beauty of the Fontana di Trevi is about to become conquered by Anita Ekbergs exuberant Blonde in her… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time June 2020
Cultural commodification and Italian cinema after ww2 Few countries in postwar Europe were able to resume their cultural activities in the fields of cinematography after 1945 with such playfulness and endeavor as Italy. It’s one of the interesting incongruences of the autocratic, to say the least, regime during the fascist ventennio, that the so called… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time July 2020
I had the pleasure to talk about our daily lives in constant pursuit of beauty with the wordsmith Julia Tappeiner at barfuss.it Feel free to follow the link above and read the story. German only.
Third installment in this ongoing series of colloquial sharing of ideas about style with Susanne Barta. This time our host was Tobias Planer at his marvelous Ahoi Minigolf course.Please enjoy the complete story on FranzMagazine.
Lamberto Maggiorani and his neorealist alter ego Antonio Ricci Lamberto Maggiorani worked as a turner at the Breda, a former weapon then steel factory from the fascist era, situated just a few kilometers outside Porta Maggiore. At the time Vittorio De Sica was holding auditions for the child character for his upcoming movie, Bicycle Thieves.… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time October 2020
Rimini, Fellinian Landscape From neorealism to fantastic realism If we ever were to ask ourselves, how do we want to live our lives, would we accept the offerings brought to our attention by technology, commodities developed to create desire, or will we attempt to trust our intimate vision and search for hope in the… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time April 2020
On the importance of graphic novels in coping with the imminent now As dystopian as the present may appear, it’s not something new, unprecedented, never seen before. For most of us the terminology used to describe the state we’re actually in, curfew, lockdown, shutdown et al. wasn’t part of an imaginable now. Some may recall… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time March 2020