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Quiet Days In Clichy [1970] [DVD]
Quiet Days In Clichy [1970] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Valjean

25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating photography, insightful monologues, gentle humor, 30 Mar. 2004
"Quiet Days in Clichy" is an enjoyable and entertaining expose of the irreverant antics of two friends living a Bohemian existence in the Paris suburb of Clichy during the sexual revolution of the sixties.
The film is based upon the novel of the same title by American author Henry Miller whose publications were the frequent cause of controversy in the US throughout the author's life. The film has been the subject of discussion and controversy since it was first released in 1970 and the FBI seized the only English-language copies as they came into the US through customs in San Francisco - consequently the film didn't make it to US theatres. The film has even been described by the Catholic Bishops Board of Review as a "portrait of human depravity."
Nonetheless, it is unlikely to shock an audience of today - the film is neither vulgar nor depraved - it couldn't really be described as pornographic; instead it could be better summarised as intellectual erotica. It is gentle and humorous. Like life, it lacks a traditional storyline and is, instead, a collection of experiences - some good, some bad, some funny, some not. The film contains some wonderful and enjoyable photography of Europe in the sixties and some insightful monologues which open a window into what you might call Bohemian Philosophy.
However, the piece de resistance of the film is the wonderful soundtrack written and performed by the Country Joe who played an important role in the cultural revolution in the US during the sixties and is probably most known for the music which he produced with his band Country Joe and the Fish. He has produced a soundtrack which is entertaining and evocative, perfectly complementing the humour of the film, wonderfully capturing the magic of the era.
If you are not easily offended, and if you have imagination enough to be able to dream, then this film will transport you into a wonderful era and remind you of the simple pleasure of indulging in an irreverant existence.


7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glimpses of brilliance....., 14 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Vovin (Audio CD)
...though less impressive than 'Theli', this album certainly touches on brilliance. 'Wine of Aluqah' plays like a condensed symphony with the 'distinct beginning, middle and end' style that most classical pieces employ. It crescendoes in a frantic violin extravaganza of incredible power. Likewise, Clavicula Nox and Eye of Shiva are seriously impressive pieces.
'Wild Hunt' is an amusing take on the style of Maiden.
On the whole, the album is impressive and is worth buying, but it lacks the power and the strength that Theli had. More importanly though, it lacks the intricacy and fluidity of Theli. Theli was one piece of music, while this is many.
My advice to you is this: if you are a fan of Therion already, then buy this anyway. If you have never heard Therion, but are venturing here from a background in Metal, then most certainly you must get Theli as your first Therion album. If you are venturing here from a classical or some other background, you may find elements of Vovin to be more accessible than Theli, though ultimately you are likely to find Theli more impressive.
Don't get me wrong; this album is very good - it's just that Theli was brilliant! ;-)

Dusk and Her Embrace
Dusk and Her Embrace
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Price: £9.97

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding Poinancy and Terrifying Intensity, 13 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Dusk and Her Embrace (Audio CD)
There is a moment in the final track of this album, Haunted Shores, which is so exquisitely beautiful, so passionately evocative and so faultlessly executed that it will make your stomach tie in a knot and bring tears welling in your eyes.

With this album, Cradle capture the concept of the Gothic Romance with astoundingly poignancy and terrifying intensity.
This is music that speaks directly to the root of our very being, to the raw passion at the very core of what makes us human. This is an album for anybody who knows what it is to love, what it is to dream and what it's like when you live in a world that appears most of the time to be running in slow motion. This is music at the speed of thought, at the racing pace of unfettered emotion.
Remove yourself from any possible distractions, put this record on loud and surrender to the music; take my word for it, it'll be a truly magical journey - if you dare to believe.

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