Sunday, September 30, 2007

The movie I've been dreaming of...

Ski jumping...

It's almost October, it is definitely not summer any more, and the only comfort is that the seasons for lots of interesting sports are starting soon. I came across some photos from this summer's preparations of the ski jumpers, and thought I'd share them...

Einar Romøren

Anders Jacobsen

Tom Hilde

Movie: This is England

This is a fairly interesting and charming story about a young boy who is invited to join a group of skinheads, a fairly pathetic gang who becomes even more pathetic when they start a "Either you are with us or without us"-thing within the gang.

Even though it is presented as being based on real events, it doesn't feel real to me. Or: if this was really what it was like being a skinhead in 1983, I'm warming to Margareth Thatcher again...

The actors are ok and the period is portrayed well, so it's well worth seeing, and probably even more so if you believe in it.

This is England (2006)
Directed by Shane Meadows

Main actors:
Thomas Turgoose as Shaun


Nude sports

Man Show is a Norwegian humor program which didn't really succeed last season. This season, they have a new theme: which sport is best suited for nudity? The first program deals with orienteering...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Movie: Mamma Roma

Going to Cinemateket in Oslo is interesting - you never know what you're going to get. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to see a Buster Keaton (?) silent movie where all the text was in Czech(!) As a special service, a guy read out a Norwegian translation of all the text before they screened the film...

Yesterday, I saw Mamma Roma by Pier Paolo Pasolini. There was a very interesting, though quite unconvincing, talk by Dr. John David Rhodes before the screening. He tried to tell us that knowing the history of the particular building project used in the film was essential to understanding the movie, but some of the examples seemed to offer quite different interpretations than his.

He also did the unforgivable: he showed us the last few minutes of the movie right before we were supposed to see the movie itself. I am quite firm in that regard - if he really needed to show the ending to get his point across, he should have asked to be permitted to continue his talk after the movie...

Then the guy from Cinemateket told us that the movie would be shown in Italian with French subtitles (not in English subtitles as the programme promised). They did have a DVD with the English subtitles, but had decided that the old, damaged print would do Pasolini better justice than the DVD. That must have been a close call...

Well, anyway: the movie was a bit interesting, but had some of the flaws that I remember from the last retrospective of Pasolini at Cinemateket: the idea of using non-professional actors sounds cute, but to me, the authenticity gained does not balance the cringe effect of seeing terrible actors try to convey emotions. The fight scenes were particularly terrible.

However, the film still portrayed a relationship between a mother and a son in a touching way, and some of the scenes where the mother and son establish their lost relationship again, is great. So, if you are only going to see one 1962 movie with French subtitles this year, this movie have to do if you don't find any other.

And Rome is beautiful at times, of course.

Mamma Roma (1962)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Main actors:
Anna Magnani as Mamma Roma
Ettore Garofolo as Ettore


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Norwegian silver medal

The last day of the world championship brought a medal for Norway, at last. Javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen won the silver medal - as in the previous world championship in Finland.

The winner was Finnish Tero Pitkämäki.

Saturday, September 01, 2007


And while I'm at it: here are a few more photos from Prague - from my Prague photoset on Flickr...


Art: Trades Fair Palace

I've been terrible at blogging lately - several things from summer has almost been forgotten. Well, I'll give it a try now: I visited the Trades Fair Palace (Veletrzni Palac) in Prague this summer. It is the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art of The National Gallery. I liked it quite a lot.

The presumed highlight is perhaps "The Virgin" by Gustav Klimt. Sure, Klimt is a bit cool, but this is not my favorite Klimt. The Munchs of the museum were on loan somewhere else, and lots of the Czech works were by artists unknown to me, and whom I probably need to learn a bit more about...

What I liked the most, however, was the temporary exhibition on Vladimir Skoda. Most of his art in this exhibition had something to do with reflection or spheres (or both), and it was fun to walk around and photograph some of these artworks. (For some reason, photography was allowed in this part of the museum.)


The museum also had lots of famous names: Gauguin, Monet and so on - well worth a look...