T. R. Cowdret

"Tommy C"
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Bula Quo! [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Francis Rossi
Bula Quo! [DVD] DVD ~ Francis Rossi
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In a recent interview about this project, director Stuart St. Paul expressed his concern about how the film would be received by its audience. 'The movie has become something of an enigma. We've created a film which straddles the line between fantasy and reality. Perhaps we should see it as a documentary of a dream, or the history of a phantasm. Perhaps it is neither of these.'
The director's own ambiguous statement perfectly mirrors the complexities of this wonderful film. Although the characters are based on their real life personas, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt are able to bring depth and subtlety to their roles. We see warmth and camaraderie but the actors are also able to… Read more
Subtly Worded (Pushkin Collection) by Teffi
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a hugely enjoyable collection of stories by Teffi, a 'literary star' in pre-revolutionary Russia who was admired by 'such disparate figures as Vladimir Lenin and Tsar Nicholas II.' She's not particularly well known to modern readers, particularly in the west, and this volume goes some way to shining a light on this obscurity.
Teffi's stories cover a huge range of themes, often comic but always with a slightly unsettling, darker undertone. In one of the longer stories, Teffi relates her meetings with Rasputin and, in the process, provides a truly vivid and memorable portrait of the man, suffused with her own scepticism.
The volume presents us with snapshots of… Read more
Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov (Peng&hellip by Robert Chandler
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformations, 20 Dec 2012
Following on from Chandler's earlier collection of Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida, this book focuses on the Russian Magic (or Wonder, or Folk) tale. As with the previous collection, this book provides a wealth of information about each author in succinct but hugely interesting biographical and bibliographical introductions and, as with the previous collection, it is meticulously well researched and a joy to read. The edition was edited and translated by Chandler and several other contributors, who provide translations of some of the stories and extra material on the background to key ideas in appendices.
We are taken through an incredibly diverse (yet also clearly… Read more