Archive for March 18th, 2013

Marcello Giordani and Eva-Maria Westbroek in Zandonai’s opera ‘Francesca da Rimimi’ performed at the Met and broadcast Saturday on HD in movie theatres worldwide

Screen cap from Christian Mongiu’s austere and powerful Romanian film “Beyond the Hills”

by Sam Juliano

A day late, but a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!  Those still with the Irish fever, can pick from among many movies with Irish settings, themes, or characters for a mini festival that is unique, featuring unusual diversity.  Some suggestions: The Dead, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Once, The Quiet Man, The Informer, The Field, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, The Butcher Boy, The Secret of Roan Inish, The Magdalene Sisters, In Bruges, My Left Foot, Waking Ned Devine, The Field, Into the West, Angels with Dirty Faces, Odd Man Out, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Michael Collins, In the Name of the Father,  Ryan’s Daughter, In America, Snapper, The Commitments, The General (Boorman), The Crying Game, Bloody Sunday, Hunger, Da, Borstal Boy, Cal, Adam & Paul, I See a Dark Stranger, An Everlasting Piece, Breakfast on Pluto, The Secret of Kells, The Long Good Friday.  Admittedly the list is extensive, and it may take until St. Patrick’s Day of 2014 to complete it!  Lucille’s maternal grandmother (nee Hughes) was half Irish and half English, so my own children are only 7/8 Italian descent.  Yet there you have it, they are distinctly part Irish and wore some green yesterday.

My Habemus Papam post on Thursday pretty much covered the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires (Pope Francis) so I will now move on the same way I departed from past MMD coverage of President Obama’s re-election, the Olympics, the passing of former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, unspeakable tragedies, the Oscars, family trips and excursions, and various festival and awards competitions that periodically mark a weekly column that always attempts to expand cinematic horizons with a full consideration of the world around us.  As such discussion is always encouraged on any or all, of the subjects I broach or offer capsule commentary on.  Alas, I am an incurable competition junkie when various contests are part of the equation. (more…)

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