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Madrid: Nudity in Spanish cinema

January 31, 2007


by ben curtis The other night I was speaking with Marina and a friend, Yolanda, about Spanish films and, in particular, the classic Jamon Jamon. Yolanda thought that it really went for the dark side of Spanish life (whorehouses, amateur bull taunting, violence), and Marina commented that Penelope Cruz, then 16, portrayed a strongly sexual […]

Idomeneo Without Violence. Almost.

December 22, 2006


by Michael Scott Moore The only violence at the Berlin Opera on Monday was done onstage, when King Idomeneo came out with a bag full of heads and placed each of them, carefully, on chairs: Buddha, Jesus, Poseidon, Mohammed. One man yelled “Aufhören!” Someone else yelled “Weiter so!” and then people booed and cheered. For […]

London: Feast your eyes (Scrooge approved)

December 20, 2006


by jnoelbell One of the fabulous things about London is their commitment to publicly accessible arts. What this means for the average person is that all major museums are free for all (donations suggested). In a city where a cappucino is nearly £3, a single tube ride as much as £4, and a curry takeway […]

Paris: Top 5 Things to Do in December

December 18, 2006


by eye prefer paris Here’s my Top 5, Eye Need To Do’s this month: 1. Doisneau: Paris en Liberté Robert Doisneau’s “The Kiss at Hotel De Ville” is one of the most iconic and popular photos of Paris ever taken. A new exhibition of 280 of his black and white photos of Paris cityscapes is […]

Paris: Brazilian invades the Panthéon

December 8, 2006


by eye prefer paris As a Paris insider, I have an embarrassing admission to make: I’ve never been to The Panthéon. Quelle Horreur! Sunday afternoon I finally went, and the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto’s astounding installation was worth the wait. The installation, inspired by a sea monster in the Book of Job, is a series […]

London: Christmas is coming…

December 8, 2006


by jnoelbell It’s a well worn cliché, but there really is something magical which settles over London at the holidays. During the rest of the year, the urban qualities of a large city are characteristics you either love or hate: the throngs of cityfolk, the non-stop lifestyle, the concrete buildings, the public transportation, the touristy […]

Paris: Huppert and Wilson at Odeon Theatre

November 15, 2006


by eye prefer paris My first Paris play: Isabelle Huppert in “Quartett”, directed by Robert Wilson at the Odeon Theatre. My friend Olivier generously invited me to the theater last night and what a stellar introduction it was with a performance by one of France’s greatest actresses at the most prestigious theater in Paris. Officially […]