Andrea Riseborough and National Treasure — Classical Dramatic Themes in Modern Garb

If you haven’t seen Andrea Riseborough in the Hulu original, National Treasure, you must. Yet another spectacular young talent. One can imagine her as a marvelous Antigone or equally, a Clytemnestra, or in any of the more contemporary high tragedies. She demonstrates a keen sense of the tragic and it’s roiling internal conflict, admirably avoiding … Continue reading Andrea Riseborough and National Treasure — Classical Dramatic Themes in Modern Garb

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The Arts, Propaganda and Civility: A Brief Discourse

Prior to 1968, American artists and performers generally avoided political advocacy in their work. While there were exceptions, the intrinsic quality of their work was higher than it is today. There is a connection. Sure, we can discuss this. But personal invective against the one with whom you disagree, rather than argument, demonstrates the fallacy … Continue reading The Arts, Propaganda and Civility: A Brief Discourse

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Theater and “Relevancy”

When theater assumes the mantle of “relevancy,” it makes itself irrelevant because, in doing so, while pretending to address existential Truth, it in fact neglects the great Ideas which reside just outside of the material senses, but within the ken of the artist. This holds true for any aesthetic endeavor. One can’t live well on … Continue reading Theater and “Relevancy”

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FATSO with Dom DeLuise

On Facebook, some of us were talking about our favorite movie — the one we’ve watched more than any other.  Here is mine: FATSO (1980) with Dom DeLuise, Ron Carey, Candy Azzara and Anne Bancroft.  A dozen times, at least. In this scene, Dom is (again) trying to lose weight and, in a fit of midnight … Continue reading FATSO with Dom DeLuise

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Re-reading Orwell

Re-reading Orwell, I was struck by the relevance, if not prescience, of this passage. The entire article is well worth reading, especially as we come to the denouement (as I see it) of this cultural era in the West, to which I say, “One can’t bring the curtain down upon it fast enough!”   “If … Continue reading Re-reading Orwell

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Das Triadische Ballet

Oskar Schlemmer choreographed this work in 1922, here danced by Das Triadische Ballet in 1970. Humorous and coquettish, shocking and frightening, august and yet infinitely subtle, it places the human form as the prime mover, in a glory of festooned color, within and yet above a universe of perfect mathematical shapes. Each constrains the other, … Continue reading Das Triadische Ballet

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