Miscellaneous: books and movies – November 2014

Libri:

  • “The ballad of the sad cafè” – Carson McCullers (2013)

caffè-tristeA first thing, so you don’t make my same error: this is not a novel, but an anthology of short stories, of which the first one, the longest, is the one giving the title to the book. It is, in my idea, the best one and also the more structured: the cafè of which the book talks is the one managed by the strange couple Miss Amelia / Cousin Lymon, and will revive the days of a dusty little town where there’s nothing else than it, until the arrival of the shady former husband of the woman. The other stories are of various genre and all good, but the first one will be the one remaining in my mind.

Voto: ★★★★☆

 

  • “The invisible cities” – Italo Calvino (1972)

6017_Lecittinvisibili_1264437255Where to begin talking about this wonderful book? Probably from the confusion I had starting it. This work is in the form of a dialogue between the emperor of Tartars Kublai Kahn and Marco Polo, who tries to explain to the first one how are the cities of his big empire. These 55 cities, divided in 11 categories, are places invented by the mind of the explorer which become symbols of every place and country, and in the end they don’t delete ” the hell we live in every day, which we form staying together”.
This book is part of the combinatoric period of the author.

Read a quote here: In the lives of emperors there is a moment… – from “Invisible cities” by Calvino

Voto: ★★★★★

  • “Chagall in Russia” – Joann Sfar (2012)

Chagall 2 couv.inddI reviewed this graphic novel here: Chagall in Russia: a violent, surreal tale by Joann Sfar

Voto: ★★★★★

 

 

 

 


 

Film:

  • “The Babadook” – Jennifer Kent (2014)

the-babadook-trailerSam is a problematic, hyperactiv child, raised by a tires and stressed mother, not keen to believe to his typical childhood fears. When a book, the Babadook, scares him at the point to make worse the already unstable situation, Amelia can’t stand it anymore. But, bit to bit, she will understand that this time maybe it’s not just a nightmare.
This movie seemed to excite everyone but me: maybe the child, with his continue screams, fazed me, but, if I can’t say I didn’t like it, I would not watch it a second time.

Voto: ★★★☆☆

 

  • “Kill your darlings” – John Krokidas (2013)

MV5BMjA4MzAxMTE1N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDY2OTIxMDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_In August 1944 David Kammerer was killed by Lucien Carr, and in the incident were involved also three important personalities of Beat Generation movement: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. The movie tells the period before this happening following the story of the five characters from their first meeting to that decisive night.

Voto: ★★★★★

 

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