Friday Nite Lite: Short Open ThreadPosted: March 8, 2013
Wow, I am beat. I spent the day making spaghetti sauce and meatballs. So this is going to be a quick post.
Besides, tonight on TCM they are highlighting films from Italian director Roberto Rossellini.
Often identified with the constrictive “neorealist” label, Roberto Rossellini stands as one of the greatest directors in the history of Italian film: the man responsible for the postwar rebirth of Italian cinema and one of the few truly great humanists (along with Jean Renoir) to work in the medium.
Born into a bourgeois Roman family, Rossellini spent his formative years under Mussolini’s fascist fist and, by his early 30s, had drifted into filmmaking–a common pattern amongst the idle Italian rich. He worked with his friend, producer Vittorio Mussolini, the son of “Il Duce”, on the script for “Luciano Serra Pilota” (1938), a propaganda film which showed some early marks of a neorealist style. After directing a handful of pictures under the official government banner, Rossellini, the stereotypically apolitical Roman, made an indelible mark on world cinema in 1945 with “Open City.” Despite a lukewarm response in Italy, the film was a sensation in France and the US with its raw, near-documentary style: grainy black-and-white photography, amateur performers and real locations. These were elements that audiences had not previously seen in feature films, and “Open City” was hailed as bringing a new kind of realism, “neorealism,” to the screen
- Open City
- Germany Year Zero
- Europa ’51
- Journey to Italy
- Fear (1954)
- The Flowers of St. Francis
- The Machine that Kills Bad People
- India: Matri Bhumi
- Blaise Pascal
- The Carabineers
Alright, let’s get on with the funnies.
I absolutely love this one form Luckovich…3/10 Luckovich cartoon: Memorial | Mike Luckovich
10 years? Geez has it been that long?
Did y’all here that Chavez will be put on Chavez body to go on permanent display in a museum?
Venezuela’s acting president says Hugo Chavez’s embalmed body will be permanently displayed in a glass casket so that “his people will always have him.”
Vice President Nicolas Maduro says the remains will be put on permanent display at the Museum of the Revolution, close to the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years. Maduro says the president will lie in state first for at least another seven days.
Speaking of museum pieces…NEW STAR WARS MOVIE by Political Cartoonist Randy Bish
And one last relic, well…soon to be relic: Dogs Lament End of Saturday Mail by Political Cartoonist R.J. Matson
This is an open thread.