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I just got home from watching, “The Duchess” and what a beautiful film, directed by Saul Dibb. In my mind, it was a fashionable capture of the 18th century aristocracy in Europe all adorned with fine ruffled silk frocks and sumptuously flamboyant hats. The screenplay was full of banter that was both witty and eloquent in revealing each of the characters’ nature.

The Duchess

The Duchess Georgiana played by Keira Knightly

The Duchess Georgiana in the beginning of the film was portrayed as such a crowd pleaser full of life and dreams. I kept seeing myself in her, as I too am full of passionate dreams and desires. Ultimately, the idealisms she carried inside of her faded away as life became about compromises. Sometimes I do wonder though if these thoughts only provoke creative nonsense which prevent us from useful, productive cognitions. When does a dream create your reality and when does it lead you into disappointment?

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On Thursday night my friend Sun and I went to watch the new Woody Allen film entitled, Vicky Cristina Barcelona starring Penelope Cruz, his muse Scarlett Johansson, and Javier Bardem. Allen, in his creative portrayal of scenery always captures the romantic views of each city he films in. In this case Barcelona, filled with the strange and colorful architecture of Gaudi. Providing visual stimulation and the sounds of the classical Spanish guitar of Paco de Lucia. Oh how I wanted to fly to Spain and walk the steps of Southern Catalonia. Here is the trailer for the movie that I highly recommend. Enjoy!

Also in the NYTimes’ T Magazine there is a screentest by Lynn Hirschberg interviewing Penelope Cruz and her passion for cinema.

Here is Paco de Lucia’s Entre dos aguas. Amazing…

Chao mis amores I’m off for some coffee and to meet up with an old friend.

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I have never felt this lonely before, is what I thought as I left the theater and strolled home smelling the chilly night air. Past windows of restaurants filled with the facade of people talking about their perception of life and analyzing. The act of conversation includes such simple universal gestures that make one feel included into society. I pictured myself seated at one of the empty tables surrounded by the voices of stories that I would only overhear and not respond to. I could go an entire day without speaking to anyone, as the art of speech makes the human race distinct with intelligence. I had just finished watching a movie about the balance of love and independence and the emotions of the film were still felt weighing my heart. At times like these, I always hear the beautifully harsh minor chords of Chopin’s Nocturne op. 48 clanging in my head. I wanted access to the world, to fulfill and create a greater vision for myself, these things I could make choices about but I can’t make choices about who I can share it with.

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Brideshead Revisited“, directed by Julian Jarrold and starring Matthew Goode is a delicious visual film filled with beautifully dressed characters. I love the way all the young lads are tailored in fine suits and throw a simple scarf with a slender tie.

Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte

Charles Ryder and Sebastian Flyte

Sebastian Flyte

Sebastian Flyte

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I just received a cd of Carla Bruni in the mail from my cousin. I’ve been listening to it all afternoon and love this one song in particular, “Le Plus Beau Du Quartier.” The song was used in a lingerie commercial for an H&M as well. It’s très sexy and stars actress Emanuelle Beart!

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Can’t wait till “The Wackness” comes out starring Sir Ben Kingsley and directed by Jonathan Levine. It’s set in NYC, the summer of 1994. Check it out!

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Gonzo Journalism

While on the train from D.C. back to the city, I was reading Marie Claire magazine and came across a review for the documentary entitled, “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thomas.” A pure genius with words was all I could think of after reading, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Here is the trailer to the film by Alex Gibney. Enjoy!

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