As much as I adore all works by Pier Paolo Pasolini: films, poems, novels and as much as I'm interested in his persona, his biography and his mysterioAs much as I adore all works by Pier Paolo Pasolini: films, poems, novels and as much as I'm interested in his persona, his biography and his mysterious death, I've put this book aside after 50-60 pages and not going to come back to it. I'm not stupid, I understand importance of sex for Pasolini's works. But at the same time I am so, so not interested in mr. Siciliano projections on where Pier Paolo could possibly mastrubate as a boy or how he could see his father's penis, etc. Those 60 pages that I've read are filled with this pseudo-freudian crap, I guess someone could be entertained by that, not me. ...more
The book is conceived as a guide through Pasternak's life, shaped by all of his Moscow adresses: numerous apartments where he lived through his life,The book is conceived as a guide through Pasternak's life, shaped by all of his Moscow adresses: numerous apartments where he lived through his life, pied-a-terres, editorial offices, places where his most important friends lived, etc. The narrative glances from the main points of Pasternak's biography itself to the architectural and public history of these places, and somehow authors are succeeding in joining these two themes together. For someone who loves Moscow and is interested in Pasternak figure this book is a thriller. ...more
This book is a terrifying chronicle of the last days of Venedikt Erofeev, author of the best novel written in Russian in the second part of XX centuryThis book is a terrifying chronicle of the last days of Venedikt Erofeev, author of the best novel written in Russian in the second part of XX century (as I believe) - Moscow to the end of the line He was dying from complicated cancer, his throat was removed for 4 years already (he was communicating through a weird microphone, which he had to stick to his neck every time he had to say a word) but nevertheless he lived rather active social life and was drinking almost each day and had lovers. Natalia Shmelkova, author of this chronicle was herself in a special situation - she was kind of a so to speak non-resident wife, while resident wife - Galina Nosova was with Erofeev all the time. Both women were spending days and nights with Erofeev, were fighting over him and took care of him and drink with him and got him to an early grave in the end. Shmelkova is alive to this day and wrote several books, including this one. Nosova killed herself in 1993, 3 years after Erofeev's death....more
Now IF (and that is important "if", I can't stress this enough) you want to map your script or your story in the most traditional (and I mean HollywooNow IF (and that is important "if", I can't stress this enough) you want to map your script or your story in the most traditional (and I mean Hollywood tradition) way there is - that is the book for you. A must I would say. It is clever and easy to understand and all the patterns it offers don't wash out your brain the next second you finished it. It is very well structured: first of all, you get to understand types of characters of your story, then you go through all the stages of your story - the ones your hero will have to get through; and then Vogler analyzes several box office hits like Titanic and The Lion King, applying his method. Main downside is of course narrow field of usage of this method (and it doesn't look like author admits that) and also exсessive amount of Wizard of Oz examples....more
Что может быть лучше, чем книга, которую просто и смешно написал гениальный человек? Написал о своих фильмах, друзьях, анекдоты и байки, ничего ТАКОГОЧто может быть лучше, чем книга, которую просто и смешно написал гениальный человек? Написал о своих фильмах, друзьях, анекдоты и байки, ничего ТАКОГО, но работает как "лекарство против стресса" (терминология самого Данелия) и получается в итоге поумнее многих УМНЫХ книжек. Эта - уже третья. Фильмы, которым она посвящена, мне может быть нравятся поменьше, чем те про которые было в первых двух, но поскольку все рассказано так искренне и просто - поверьте - в итоге не хуже. Обещает четвертую! (про "Ку! Кин-дза-дза")...more
Gladilin is so full of sarcasm in this, life in Paris is depicted in the most derisive tone possible. You will inevitably get robbed and picked and clGladilin is so full of sarcasm in this, life in Paris is depicted in the most derisive tone possible. You will inevitably get robbed and picked and cleaned out and be beaten here. Police will do literally nothing at best and if you try to insist you will be accused of being racist and fined or even jailed yourself. There's no way out of this situation cause the press is entrapped in its own political-correctness ideas and politicians are afraid to act cause press will attack them if they will. Main rule is not to resist robbers and thieves, surrender and give them everything, you have no right to protect yourself or get your stuff back, only they have their rights. The book is a big long rant about all this. I can't exactly say if all these things are true, but one question remains: if life in Paris is so awful, why mr. Gladilin is still lives there? (he does since 1976). ...more
This is the main Russian book in "Trench literature" genre. A war seen from the point of view of a ordinary soldier, intellectual, military engineer dThis is the main Russian book in "Trench literature" genre. A war seen from the point of view of a ordinary soldier, intellectual, military engineer dragged into warfare with all its dirt and blood and cruelty and bravery and death. Nekrasov fought in the Battle of Stalingrad himself and served there as a military engineer so main character, Kerzhentcev, is an alter ego. The book was written immediately after the War and is soaked in the horror of it. One can say it's a Russian version of "All quiet on the Western front" only about WWII.
The book was a great success in USSR and received main State Literary Prize. There was a film based on it (weak one) and Nekrasov was doing great until he visited the West in the early 60s. His stories about the trip, written with a friendly attitude were treaded to pieces, he fell from grace of the Soviet authorities. Later he was expelled from the party, KGB organized a house-check of Nekrasov's apartment and found there a lot of forbidden books. His USSR citizenship was revoked and he lived in Paris, working in the Continent magazine up until his death. ...more
This book is not exactly a traditional biography. Bykov wanted to tell a tale of Pasternak's life not only through events of his personal and literaryThis book is not exactly a traditional biography. Bykov wanted to tell a tale of Pasternak's life not only through events of his personal and literary life, but most of all through analysis of his poems, genesis of Pasternak gift, development of his techniques and themes. And Bykov succeeds in that. Huge study of Pasternak genius is done here, every period of his poetic career from the earliest attempts to the Nobel prize and further are reviewed and taken into pieces. At the same time the biography itself is insanely scrupulous with tons of details of Pasternak personal life and Bykov always tries to tie this details to the poems, to find reflections of them in the life of the poet. Of course the story of "Doctor Zhivago": the writing, the banning in USSR, the publication on the West, the Nobel Prize, the violent reprisal against Pasternak at home and his death that followed - all that is a big part of the book too. And again Bykov tries to link events and characters of the novel to ones of Pasternak life. Another words the book is a must for anyone who adores Pasternak's poetry (like me). Bykov received "Bolshaya Kniga" prize for it - main prize in modern Russian Literature. The only flaw that I find and that's a big one is that talking about poetry is a rather pointless deed. Whatever one can say about it, even when it is a good writer like Bykov, I always get way more less then I would get if I would read the poetry itself if it is so good as Pasternak's poetry is. An unfortunately final result looks like Bykov consistently stops book development to study out another poem and I find myself going online to read that poem and to enjoy it and to skip Bykov's study to the point when story starts again....more
Everything was fine until Men in Grey infiltrated their life. Young girl named Mom had this amazing ability to actually listen to people. Children werEverything was fine until Men in Grey infiltrated their life. Young girl named Mom had this amazing ability to actually listen to people. Children were creative around her and played with all their imagination. Many disputes and fights and problems, including loneliness and boredom could be cured if you "Go and see Momo". She lives in the ancient amphitheater, she has no clear past or obvious future, but tons of friends, kids and grown-ups as well. But then Men in Grey show up... They steal people's time. They convince people, that they should "store up" their time and put it in their Bank of time. And to do that people have to limit "non-obligatory" time spending: time for books, for their kids, for friends, for a dog to play with, for a chat with some random people, etc. People strike this contract and soon Momo started to notice that people around her always have no time, and they're buying their children expensive toys so they would leave them alone and that everyone cares now is only about success and different ways to buy stuff.
I'm reading this book to Sonya at the sea, on my vacation. She got this sun exposure thing and can't read and we're liking it a lot. UPD& She's better now and reading herself so I would have to learn from her how Mom will beat Mean in Grey....more
He divided this story of his life into three parts: - First is the one about his childhood years in England. Years in total poverty, hunger and lonelinHe divided this story of his life into three parts: - First is the one about his childhood years in England. Years in total poverty, hunger and loneliness with his mother placed in mental health clinic, and his father never really played that role for him, he was living with another family and was a drunk. Nevertheless these years are depicted with the warmest humor and kindness, and it's becoming obvious where Chaplin was drawing his inspiration from for his all-time classic character - The Tramp. - The Second part is his success story. Very vivid and fun at first when Chaplin depicts how he travelled to United States and made his way into silent cinema world, how he created The Tramp and how he started to direct his films. Later when he got to apogee of his glory , the book gets really boring, Long depictions of banquets and cocktail parties and early Hollywood intrigues and his love affairs and travels - all these were the least interesting for me, - The third and the best part is a tragic story of persistent campaign against him as a communist (who he never was). It started when he was among activists who tried to persuade American Government to open Second Front and was showing his sympathy towards USSR which was fighting Hitler almost alone at that moment. It got much tougher after Monsier Verdoux, which was attacked by the press as "anti-capitalistic". He got under investigation by Un-American Activities Committee and in the end was banned from US. This whole thing was one awful mistake, he never was a communist and at the same time it tragically overlapped with his creative crisis - silent cinema has ended and although all his sound films were a success and a phenomenon for cinema as art, it is becoming clear from this autobiography how difficult and even painful the transition from silent to sound was for him.
I have an easy test, how to distinct sincere cinefile from a snub who just wants to seem like one. Ask if he or she likes The City Lights. True cinefile would have to love this film. I can't say this book is equal to Chaplin's work in cinema in any way, he pretty much lacks any literary talent. But it's written simply and entertaining, If you like Chaplin films just a little bit - I strongly recommend it. ...more
His tragic life is hardly seen in these notes. Rather rudiments of the books he never wrote - a History of Music, a History on Christianity, his worksHis tragic life is hardly seen in these notes. Rather rudiments of the books he never wrote - a History of Music, a History on Christianity, his works that were lost - on Ibsen, Gamsun, Bjørnson. And a lot of extracts from Rosanov, Nitzhe, Dostoevsky etc. And a beautiful and sad poem to his mother at the end. ...more
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in current conflict in Ukraine/Crimea, who wants to understand historical, geopoliticalI strongly recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in current conflict in Ukraine/Crimea, who wants to understand historical, geopolitical and political roots of idiotic modern strife between Russia and the West and who at the same time is sick of media taking sides and in fact enkindling the conflict by that.
The book itself only covers that old XIX century war between Russia and Allies (GB, France and Turkey) of course, but it reflects current events so much it is even scary. O. Figes, being an English professor, manages to remain almost neutral, at least he finds where Allies and Russia and Turkey went wrong and which stupidity and inability to understand one another have lead to war at those times. When Crimean War itself breaks out Figes is starting to struggle with keeping this neutrality, with Russian soldiers always being wild and cowardly, and Allied soldiers always being brave, but that's a forgivable setback. In the end the books is a thriller, it is so vividly shown in it, how all this war shit builds itself from nothing! I'm liking it a lot! (haven't finished yet)...more
The title is somewhat misleading, because 3/4 of the book is Godard's articles on other directors and films, not Godard on Godard. Godard as a journalThe title is somewhat misleading, because 3/4 of the book is Godard's articles on other directors and films, not Godard on Godard. Godard as a journalist for Cahiers du cinema. I'm not saying his articles are bad, it's just they are outdated obviously and appeal to very special, film study crowd. The latest and the smallest part is Godard interviews and it's fun to read them. He's surprisingly sincere and very very not surprisingly analytical about his films. ...more
Проблема книги в том насколько притянуто это "против" из названия. Про Толстого Басинский пишет увлекательно (см. "Бегство из рая") и про духовный перПроблема книги в том насколько притянуто это "против" из названия. Про Толстого Басинский пишет увлекательно (см. "Бегство из рая") и про духовный переворот, про Арзамасский ужас я узнал больше, чем знал до книжки. Про феномен Иоанна тоже написано как всегда у Басинского с большим количеством интересно подобранных фактов и деталей. Но по-моему это просто должны были быть две разные книжки, каждая из них была бы интереснее, если бы автору глава за главой не приходилось натягивать весьма сомнительные сопоставления. Только в самом конце в описании предсмертных годов появляется какая-то драматургия взаимоотношений этих двух фигур, но и она не имеет внятной формы, развязки, конца. Вместо конца сомнительное рассуждение про схожесть могилок....more