Archive for April 22nd, 2009

The costume designer of the popular Broadway show Irena’s Vow, Astrid Brucker, starring the extraordinary Tovah Feldshuh, commented today under Wonders in the Dark’s review of the production, posted yesterday.  The staff deeply appreciates her much-valued input:

” I agree with you, Tovah Feldshuh is truly amazing!

After having worked with her on the Off-Broadway play and now on the Broadway run I would never miss a play with her in it. She is magical and brings Irena to life with her earnestness and her great sense of humor. It’s been a wonderful experience designing the costumes on this very moving play.

I’m not sure what you find so “manipulative”!

Irena Gut also had a great sense of humor (according to her daughter that’s what got her through those times) and her faith in her religion gave her strength to save people. When I go to see the play I can hear people commenting on how wonderful the play is as they leave the theater. I hope it gets all the audience and acknowledgement it deserves.

Every one of us can make a difference and that is an incredible message in today’s world.”

Ms. Brucker’s comment is actually No. 17 on the comment thread of the post.


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by Allan Fish

(Spain/Mexico 1961 91m) DVD1/2

The beggars’ banquet

p  Ricardo Munoz Suay  d  Luis Buñuel  w  Luis Buñuel, Julio Alajandro  ph  José F.Agayo  ed  Pedro del Rey  m  W.A.Mozart, George F.Handel  art  Francisco Canet

Silvia Pinal (Viridiana), Fernando Rey (Don Jaime), Francisco Rabal (Jorge), Margarito Lozano (Ramona), Victoria Zinny (Lucia), Teresa Rabal (Rita), José Calvo, Joaquin Roa, Luis Heredia, José Manuel Martin,

Viridiana occupies a special place in the hearts of all Buñuel adherents for numerous reasons; it was his first film to be made in Spain for over twenty years after his return from Mexico, it was then banned by the Spanish government after – deservedly – winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and because it represents his views on religion and faith in a nutshell.  On the other hand, maybe the reasons they love it are their own, for Buñuel’s films, more than perhaps any other director’s, are open to infinite interpretation and misinterpretation.  And it’s that characteristic that Luis would have loved the most, for he would have hated to have directed anything that his audience would truly understand; it would have been like letting both them and him down. (more…)

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