Guy Mannering

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Location: Maidenhead, England


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Abdul the Damned [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Fritz Kortner
Abdul the Damned [DVD] DVD ~ Fritz Kortner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In 1935, when Abdul the Damned was filmed, the average cost of a British quota quickie was a mere 10-15000. Abdul the Damned, with its impressive sets, lavish costumes and large cast must have cost considerably more and is yet another example of the strange subject matter British studios deemed to be commercial and worthy of a big budget (Chu Chin Chow and Jew Suss also come to mind.) The story takes place in the early 1900s during the twilight years of the Ottoman empire and concerns the cruel and devious sultan Abdul, living in constant fear of assassination, as he resists the forces of modernisation whilst trying to neutralise the influence of the Young Turk officers who are intent on… Read more
The Splendor of Roman Wall Painting by Umberto Pappalardo
The Splendor of Roman Wall Painting by Umberto Pappalardo
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If it weren't for that Big Bang that occurred in AD79 any book on Roman wall painting would be a very slim production indeed. If we exclude the cities and villas dotted around Mount Vesuvius our knowledge of the subject in its hay day would be confined to a few sites in Rome such as the so-called House of Livia on the Palatine, Nero's Domus Aurea on the Esquiline, Livia's Villa at Prima Porta and the Villa Farnesina (the paintings from these last two are now on display at the Museo Nazionale in the Palazzo Massimo in Rome.) So thank you Mount Vesuvius.

Roman wall painting is usually grouped into four Pompeian styles of which the first, which imitated slabs of coloured marbles,… Read more
Scharwenka: Piano Concertos [Alexander Markovich, &hellip ~ Alexander Markovich
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Scharwenka piano concertos, in my opinion, are every bit as good as those of Saint-Saens, but whilst three of the latter's five always retained some favour with star virtuosos and recording companies, those of Scharwenka inexplicably fell into near-oblivion. This new set of all four Scharwenka concertos is therefore most welcome. If you haven't sampled any of them before, my advice would be to start with his third, and then follow with the fourth, first and second in that order. Although the fourth is generally accounted his finest work the third, in my opinion, is his most attractive and indelible concerto, indeed of all those countless romantic piano concertos that fell by the… Read more