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The timbre of the timber that falls when no-one is there to hear it
I am a clumsy so-and-so. It runs in my family. Owning something as intricate, sophisticated and clever as a Samsung Galaxy S5 was always going to be fraught. It is like a delicate and sweetly fragrant flower; I am like an Orang-Utan.
One day, not long after I bought it, when swinging from tree to tree as I do, I dropped it. It smashed. There was a little man in a pop up office on London Wall who repaired it in a jiffy. But he charged me £160.
"Be careful," he said. "Don't you know this is a delicate piece of machinery? You strike me as a bit of an oaf. Just be a bit sensitive."
There is a moving, beautifully-filmed story about a handsome young German girl struggling for her life, and to come of age, through an unlikely bond with a young Jewish refugee during the death throes of the Third Reich.
This isn’t it. That film is Cate Shortland’s remarkable Lore (2012), and if you haven’t seen it, you should.
About this film, which also concerns an orphaned German girl coming of age through a relationship with a young Jewish refugee in the dying days of the Reich, I’m not so sure. Director Brian Percival – he of Downton Abbey – paints by numbers, and his scriptwriter Michael Petroni has a tin ear for dialogue.
If you're the sort of person who sees only one movie a year, that movie is unlikely to be Dersu Uzala.
If you are a movie executive that piece of learning ought not to seem radical or new. It certainly isn't a function of the information revolution, and would have been as true when Derzu Uzala was released in 1976 as it is today. Yet it is the intellectual cornerstone of Anita Elberse's provocative new book "Blockbusters" which, while dismantling the New-Age canard of the Long Tail is otherwise far less overwhelming than the commentariat seems to believe.
The blockbuster hook is simple: if you are a global… Read more