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El making of de “La naranja mecánica”

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In this documentary, we follow Stanley Kubrick as he creates one of the most controversial films of all time, one that retains its power to shock audiences, even after 40 years. At the time of its release, A Clockwork Orange created a firestorm of controversy. Through interviews with collaborators, filmmakers, screenwriters and authors, we come to appreciate Stanley Kubrick as an artist unafraid to take risks and court controversy, committed unwaveringly to his single-minded goal: the highest artistic quality of his films.

Tags: Leído, visto y oído (en la web)

Separadas al nacer

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“Poco antes de morir, la madre de María del Carmen Varela le dijo a su hija dos cosas: que era adoptada y que tenía una hermana melliza. Un mes después, a los 40 años, María conoció a Andrea Adamo, una mujer físicamente muy parecida a ella. Hoy, algunos domingos, en la mesa son doce. Esos momentos en los que descubrimos lo poco que sabemos de nosotros mismos.”

Una crónica de Daniel Riera, acá.

Tags: Sobre periodismo (crónicas y textos ajenos sobre el oficio de cronista)

Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

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“Winner of the National Book Award in 1993, Vidal’s literary output was prodigious, with more than 20 novels, including the transsexual satire Myra Breckinridge, the black comedy Duluth, and a series of historical fiction charting the history of the United States. But his greatest work was, perhaps, his life itself – an American epic which sprawled beyond literature to encompass Hollywood, Broadway, Washington and the Bay of Naples, with incidental roles for almost every major American cultural and political figure of the 20th century. Vidal, who once said he had “met everyone, but knew no one”, gave JFK the idea for the Peace Corps, was called in to rescue the script for Ben-Hur, ran unsuccessfully for both Congress and the Senate, and got into a fist-fight with Norman Mailer.”

Textos y despedidas, acá.

Tags: Leído, visto y oído (en la web)

Un texto inédito de Vladimir Nabokov

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“Nabokov was a devotee of sports and games, ranging from boxing, football and  tennis, through chess and cryptic crosswords, to the play of thought,  language, desire, art, and the divine universe – those more abstract forms  of play that he invokes at the beginning of “Breitensträter– Paolino”, sounding, for all the world, like a Presocratic philosopher, only one come  to declare not that all is air, water, earth, or fire, but that all is play.  Never again would he express so openly and nakedly this vision of life and  art as play, which would govern his work for the next fifty years; no wonder  that Nabokov, who later said an artist is lost when he seeks to define art,  should have let the piece lie hidden in the archives of the emigration.”

Sobre el arte y la vida como un juego, con el título Breitensträter – Paolino. La versión completa, acá.

Tags: De todo un poco (literatura y misceláneas)