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The Wonderful World Of Albert Kahn [DVD]
The Wonderful World Of Albert Kahn [DVD]

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Use of Wealth, 11 May 2013
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I'm so grateful to visionary people of great wealth who finance such projects as this, M. Kahn's undertaking to document the world as it was a century ago. This is the BBC documentary of the book of the same name, memorializing the Kahn museum's collection. Absorbing it is quite a task, as it runs to 500 minutes, but it's a most rewarding journey.


The Thirties in Colour [DVD]
The Thirties in Colour [DVD]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love that Colour, 11 May 2013
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I've long been a big fan of 3-strip Technicolor, principally in Hollywood films. This video illustrates just how dramatic was the explosion of colour in photography as well as film in the 1930s. It must have been a very dramatic change in people's lives at the time.


Little Ashes [DVD] [2008]
Little Ashes [DVD] [2008]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew? Not I., 11 May 2013
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Though well read and educated, I never knew just how intimately connected were these 3 major figures (Lorca, Dali, Bunuel) in the arts of the first half of the Twentieth Century. It amounts to a lovely and charming look at university and artistic life in Madrid in the 1920s, as well as the intense personal relationships of the 3 extremely talented protagonists.


The Line of Beauty [DVD]
The Line of Beauty [DVD]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great, 11 May 2013
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This BBC series is the story of a young British gay man from nowhere who becomes involved with a friend from university and the latter's enlightened yet clueless establishment family. It's an interesting story, rather well conceived and executed, but not at all exciting. Though homosexuality is central, most of the plot and character developments could happen to just about anyone. Don't expect a lot of flash, just a good story well presented.


Escape From Huang Shi [DVD] [2008]
Escape From Huang Shi [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Known Historical Outrage, 11 May 2013
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Of all the major political/military outrages of the Twentieth Century, the Japanese "Rape of Nanking" in the mid-1930s is perhaps one of the least well known, at least in the West. This modest epic is the story of how a young British journalist unwittingly and unwillingly finds himself leading an orphanage full of Chinese boys westward to safety from the ruthless advancing Japanese troops. The film is not flashy or hard hitting, but it's well written, directed and acted, as well as lovely to look at in a restrained way.


Kraus - Orchestral Works
Kraus - Orchestral Works
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Familiarity Breeds Respect, 3 May 2003
I first discovered Kraus approximately 30 years ago thanks to Newell Jenkins' Vanguard recording of the Funeral Cantata for Gustave III of Sweden. In the last few years, both Naxos and Capriccio have released multiple CDs of Kraus symphonies, which have greatly broadened his audience. There's also a Requiem on Hungaroton and some scattered chamber music. As fine as many of these are, none revealed the richness displayed by Sieghart and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in this Orfeo release, which has been out there for about a decade now. The present recordings of the two c-minor symphonies finally, for me, lend justification to referring to Kraus as "the Swedish Mozart." The violin concerto, too, makes an excellent impression as rendered by Edith Peinemann. At last, to my ears, Kraus advances from the ranks of the merely "expert" to a place among the "inspired" composers of his time.


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