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The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: Yesterday at 05:40:38 pm »
Service loves outputting purple prose, yes?


Theatre / Re: Coming up....
« on: Yesterday at 11:53:19 am »
One thing that struck me, though, is that at least one of the announcements lists Valerie Cutko as Marlene Dietrich.  Now it's ages since I saw this play but I don't remember Dietrich being a character - and she's not listed in my script (Pam Gems, Three Plays.  Penguin 1985).  Does anyone know if the piece was re-written?

The Wikipedia page for the play lists Dietrich amongst the "additional Broadway cast", so I'd guess the play was expanded for its original Broadway run, and that would probably suggest it's that version being used at Charing Cross.

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: November 21, 2015, 11:11:19 am »
Extraneous noises enervated resting German youngsters.


The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: November 16, 2015, 01:47:21 pm »
Numpty incites Brian Blessed, loses eardrum.


The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: November 15, 2015, 11:40:32 am »
A good earring isn't noticeably gaudy.


Making Music / Maurice Hinson
« on: November 13, 2015, 01:46:41 pm »
I know a lot of piano music as a listener, but beyond a few rudimentary bashes through a tiny handful of pieces, I wouldn't even remotely presume that I can play the piano, and so I've never really gone to the trouble of looking through a lot of the piano literature on the page. But by 'eck, even *I* knew about Maurice Hinson's publications on piano repertoire. Sad, then, to read that he's died...

Cinema / Re: Béla Tarr
« on: November 13, 2015, 09:43:17 am »
Having a bit of a pay-day internet shopping browse, I excitedly discover this morning that Artificial Eye are finally (in February) going to start releasing something from the early work of Bela Tarr, i.e. the films before "Damnation" (which was the first 'signature' Bela Tarr film). I can only find one title announced so far ("Autumn Almanac"), but hopefully they'll pick up the others soon; and, with AE picking it up for dvd release, hopefully they might even consider giving it a small theatrical release too.

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: November 09, 2015, 03:04:17 pm »
Looking outwardly,
Violist eschewed leaving


The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: November 06, 2015, 02:47:51 pm »
Well, I have to say I've heard all of four pieces by Koechlin (though that amounts to 4 hours' worth) - "Les heures persanes" for piano (wonderful - I understand he did an orchestral version too which I should check out one day), and the 3 separate volumes of the solo flute "Les Chants de Nectaire". I'd certainly describe the flute stuff as noodly, but it doesn't strike me as remotely limp.

The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: November 06, 2015, 01:35:54 pm »
"... which Koechlin completed in the years before his death" (afterwards would be strangely haunting indeed)

It's a very odd way of saying that something is a late work from a composer's oeuvre. But I'm glad Clements reviewed the disc, sounds like it might be my cuppa, but one I might not have spotted (I like what I've heard of Koechlin - indeed I had a spin of his "Les heures persanes" this morning, lovely stuff).

The Concert Hall / Re: Crrrritic!
« on: November 06, 2015, 08:44:09 am »
Kate Molleson indulging in some ghastly clementine verbiage today; it's a bad day indeed when I'd prefer to read Clements himself. I'm grateful there aren't many examples in her Kurtag review, but by 'eck, blithely unpindownable and unremittingly seriously take some beating.

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: November 04, 2015, 07:18:28 pm »
Beckett really enjoyed aphoristic theatre, huh?


Cinema / Re: Béla Tarr
« on: October 26, 2015, 02:46:28 pm »
Emailed the BFI about the abysmal quality of the print they used on Friday - they've responded saying that where they have to use prints that are, I quote, "less than perfect", they usually make an announcement as to that effect prior to the screening, so they have offered a half-hearted apology about the absence of such an announcement.

But they also advised that they are going to press ahead with the second screening in just under three weeks' time utilising the same print. So, as heartily as I recommended last week's screening, I even more heartily recommend AVOIDING the screening on November 14th if anyone were feeling so inclined as to take it in. The print they are planning to use is not really fit for purpose and they shouldn't be asking people to pay to see it.

Cinema / Re: Now screening
« on: October 26, 2015, 09:44:04 am »
Out to a rare screening of Warren Beatty's "Reds" yesterday - marvellous film, wish I'd seen it before, now! Nice original 35mm print, colours very washed out but otherwise in very good nick. Nice interview/Q&A with Trevor Griffths after the film.

The post-screening discussion started with a fabulously hot-off-the-presses announcement - it had only been confirmed to Griffiths himself about four hours earlier, but he's going to be given a complete film/tv retrospective at the NFT in 2017. Can't wait (especially to see "Comedians" again!).

Cinema / Re: Béla Tarr
« on: October 24, 2015, 01:10:08 pm »
Any London-based Tarr fans, or those wishing to explore Tarr for the first time, might like to know that the NFT on the South Bank are screening "Werckmeister Harmonies" this coming Friday, and then again in mid-November (as part of a fantastic looking season devoted to Tarkovsky and his disciples).

Well, lovely it was indeed to see Werckmeister Harmonies last night, but owing to a far from optimal screening, it wasn't quite the overwhelming experience I'd hoped. The print was in fairly terrible condition; can't imagine it's been screened that many times in the UK, so I wouldn't be surprised if it were a print that had done the rounds internationally too. But a lot of scratches and dirt, and a LOT of pops from repairs where it's clearly broken in the past. And some fairly substantial damage to the gauge holes in a couple of places leading to the film slipping in the projector and the image juddering for quite substantial periods of the film (one fairly extended period of ten minutes or so towards the centre of the film almost got me to the point of wanting to walk out). A lot of the audience remained seated, silent and immobile when the lights came up, so I suspect many of them were people who knew the film already, but I dread to think what impact the technical aspects of the screening had on first-time viewers.

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