Showing posts with label movie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label movie. Show all posts

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Greek Tango

In the Greek movie The Christmas Tango, the climax is one tango of several minutes that connects two people for a lifetime.
Actually, three people are connected, but you have to see the film to get the love triangle. If you needed proof that the tango craze has made its way to Athens, consider that Greek superstar musician George Dalaras (Γιώργος Νταλάρας) sings the high-drama theme song, "Μια στιγμή για πάντα," (lyrics: One Moment For Always). Translation isn't perfect, but select lines:

Πάντα εσυ του πόθου μου είσαι το νησί, Always you are my lusted-after island
πάντα η χαμένη μου πατρίδα είσαι εσυ,  always you are my longed-after country
στην ξενιτιά μου η μονακριβη ελπίδα,  in my exile, my only hope
πάντα ο φάρος στο χαμό μου,  always a beacon in my loss
η αμμουδιά στο γυρισμο μου, the sand beneath my return
και στη δίψα το νερό μου είσαι εσύ... and in thirst, you are my water
Κι αν ο χρονος μας λυγίσει,  and if the years bend us,
κι ο καιρός μας πολεμήσει,  and time fights us,
τι μπορεί να μας χωρίσει, what can separate us
τόση αγάπη πως να σβήσει, with so much love to extinguish?
Χίλιες θάλασσες θ’ ανοίξω,  A thousand seas I’ll open
χίλιες μοίρες θα νικησω, a thousand degrees I will overcome
κι οταν θα σε συναντήσω, and when I meet you
θα `ναι μια στιγμή για πάντα,  it will be a moment for always,
αγκαλιά στο Θεό, in the arms of God
πάντα, σ’ ενα τάνγκο για δυο,  forever a tango for two
μαζι για πάντα... together always .....

Monday, June 3, 2013

Frances Ha & Hot Chocolate

Saw a fun art film shot in black and white called "Frances Ha."
It is about a peculiar, lost, "undatable" creative girl. Very New York City and of the moment. But the soundtrack includes an old song that had me suddenly grooving out ---called "Everyone's a Winner," by Hot Chocolate. What a great blast from the past to resurrect!
It was on my running, hand-written, favorite songs list, the one with seemingly expired ideas for the used-record shop. Today, I was exiting the movie and listening to the full music video on my smartphone. I remember driving to our beach place, radio on and windows open, and hearing "Everyone's a Winner," along with "Strawberry Letter 22," by Brothers Johnson, as we traversed the Dan Ryan and the Indiana Skyway.
Here's the Frances Ha trailer. Below, the video.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Weekend Reading: Burning Trees in Athens, Bombing in Ankara

Some weekend reading about Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, but don't expect good cheer:

This news is deeply disturbing: the Economist reports of multiple attacks on old Christian women in Istanbul in recent weeks. The first reader comment on the Economist piece? A diatribe denying genocide. Relatives of one 85-year-old Armenian murder victim said that the lines of a crucifix had been knifed onto her unclothed body. All of the incidents occurred in Istanbul's Samatya neighborhood, home to 8,000 Armenians and the Armenian Patriarchate. Istanbul's governor insisted in a Tweet that one particular incident was motivated by theft, not hate, which is a prevailing view according to this Catholic News report.  I wrote about Istanbul cemetery vandalism in 2009.

Two weeks ago, a young New York mother and aspiring photographer disappeared in Istanbul while on a solo trip, and it doesn't sound like she met with a good end. She found cheap accommodations on and the New York Post reported Friday that Istanbul police are detaining a man she agreed to meet on a bridge.

Here is Daily Telegraph coverage of Friday's deadly bombing at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Over in Greece, poor people desperate for heat are cutting down trees for firewood, and apparently even chopped one tied to Plato. The Atlantic wrote Thursday that the pollution one sees hovering over Athens, "is the smog of austerity. Greece is literally breathing in the fumes of its recession." Make that depression.

Cyprus needs a bailout, in case you have crisis fatigue and ignore financial news. Even if Russians who like to bank in Cyprus chip in some cash, European authorities must step in, says this English-language article in Kathimerini. Complicating matters: hydrocarbons could be exploited off the southern coast, which is the Greek coast, of Cyprus. Seems the northern, Turkish side wants in, but someone forgot to toss a seismic detector into the Mediterranean Sea circa 1974. Until now, valuable discoveries were more along the lines of the icon of Christ that Boy George handed over to Cypriot authorities.

Finally, check out my friend Jim Montalbano's movie review blog. "Once Upon A Time in Anatolia," a  Turkish fictional drama about -- what else? -- death, is one of his favorite films of 2012. The official trailer is here. Looks pretty dark. I watched "The Lark Farm" last weekend - a dramatization of 1915 atrocities in Turkey focused on a wealthy Armenian family that protected poor neighbors. All were sent into a starvation exile and most died. Watch it for actress Arsinee Khanjian's natural looks and to contemplate what would have happened if her daughter had run off with the handsome Turkish soldier - and what happened to those women who pursued such survival tactics. Film available on Netflix.

Just rented Madagascar, whose animated critters promise to lighten things up.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 For Adults and Their Parents, a Difficult Crossroads

Saw this thought-provoking movie, "Fred Won't Move Out," at the Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM Rose Cinemas last night in New York. Here's the New York Times review. Excellent character study in the context of a family dealing with Alzheimer's. Director Richard Ledes sneaks in references to Greek mythology in a discussion of death and nature, accompanied by some beautiful scenes of nature. There were also some well-shot and edited dream sequences. See it.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Eye Candy Kane

Not sure how to  feel about newspapers and a typewriter covered in snow in this fantastic Forest Park, Illinois holiday shop window, but better than covered in dust.
The theme is Citizen Kane, the movie, but candied - for Christmas.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bouzouki's Lending Hand

A facebook friend in Greece dug up this old song from an old movie of the same name called  "Μιας Πεντάρας Νειάτα" or "Three-penny Loans." The singer, Maria Douraki, says at one point, at least they have the Lord and Panagia. Maybe the Greek government should do a WPA-style program to revive acoustic bouzouki music. If it didn't help the economy, at least it would improve the mood.