26 mars 2015

Intentioner....


"Det har sagts av en kritiker, att interiören är ett konstverk men att den icke har karaktären av en domstolsbyggnad utan av en sydländsk badortshall (?). Här, säger han, där människor går väntande på dom, tyngda av bekymmer, borde karaktären vara allvarligare, tyngre, mera sluten. Avsikten har medvetet varit det motsatta: just därför, att människor här gå fyllda av oro och ängslan, har ett vänligt, soligt ljus släppts in. Det har varit arkitektens uppfattning, att öppenheten, solen, blommorna, över huvud taget det mänskliga, lättare än det stängda, stela och officiella i karaktären kan föra en över från tvedräkt och ängslan till försoning eller åtminstone resignation."

Gunnar Asplund

23 mars 2015

Une nouvelle amie....


With Romain Duris in great shape....and our conceptions are changing. Maybe sometimes for the better ?

A film by François Ozon

Ladri di biciclette....

Lamberto Maggiorani and Enzo Staiola

If I ever need to choose a film, this is the one....and it will always be. The masterpiece from 1948 by Vittorio De Sica.

22 mars 2015

Ellen Sundberg....


Only 20 and something....but this girl is a natural talent.

17 mars 2015

Simple Minds at Lisebergshallen....

Göteborg, Mars, 16

Last time I saw Simple Minds live (2006, Götaplatsen), Jim Kerr was the band`s fifth instrument. His ability of riding the waves of music as a singer - was special....very special. Unfortunately, that is not the case anymore. He doesn't reach the heights he used to spoil us with in the past. By listening to the excellent double album "Live in the city of light" from 1987, one can get an idea about the kind of performances this band was able to put up in the past. Amazingly, the best songs this night, came from the last album (Big Music), and when the band performed "Midnight Walking"....Simple Minds was back for a short while. Credit to Charlie Burchill and his totally relaxed sparkling gitarr. Mel Gaynor works hard as  "rhythm master", yet he looked a bit like a tired lorry driver in the beginning of the show. By the way Jim Kerr - you need some exercise ! It may enhance your voice as well....

From the old songs, "Love Song" was the best. Sarah Brown sang East at Easter, and did it very well. But no one can sing that song this way....

Andy Gillespie - keyboards

Ged Grimes - bass
Sarah Brown - vocals
Catherine Anne Davies - gitarr / keyboards / vocals

16 mars 2015

10 mars 2015

Casa O`Gorman....




Mexico City, 1929, by Juan O`Gorman

08 mars 2015

Palazzina San Maurizio....


Roma, 1963, by Luigi Moretti

Casa del giornalista....




Milano, 1935, by Luigi Figini

02 mars 2015

Architecture with a huge A....





















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Cantina da Universidade de Lisboa, 1961, by Manuel Norberto Correia and Rafael Miranda

22 februari 2015

Restaurante Narciso....




Praia de Carcavelos, winter sun in February, listening to the sound of the waves....

21 februari 2015

Edificio Kepler....


Anzures, 1957, by Ramón Torres and Héctor Velázquez

Estádio 28 de Maio....




Braga, 1950, by Travassos Valdez

The broken circle breakdown....


Johan Heldenbergh and Veerle Baetens

Enjoy while it lasts. Life can change direction without a choice, and one day we have to face the rear of the train while it disappears in the horizon....to never come back. Great performances from the two above, and that last scene is heartbreaking....but unforgettable.

A film by Felix van Groeningen, IMDB

20 februari 2015

19 februari 2015

The Beachcomber House....








Carlingford, 1961, by Nino Sydney

18 februari 2015

14 februari 2015

Colosseo....


Buon San Valentino....M.

12 februari 2015

Clouds of Sils Maria....



Madame Binoche acts like a cameleont and gets the right color everywhere - anytime. Her performance overshadows the story....but that is a price worth to pay. Kristen Stewart does a great supporting role, and it was ages ago I saw Angela Winkler on the screen. Aging is a tough task, the sense of loss is a constant companion....but what are the alternatives ?

A film by Olivier Assayas, IMDB

Roma, Roma....


Via dei Fori Imperiale

.. the most beautiful city

10 februari 2015

The National - Trouble will find me....


This album is a pearl from the beginning to the end. There is an aura of sadness, a dark cloud suspended in the sound - mixed with a clear string of hope in Matt Berninger's voice. Sometimes I can hear the influences of Joy Division, and that is another exquisite attribute of this CD.

05 februari 2015

"A morte de Carlos Gardel"....


Carlos Malvarez and Celia Williams

A very good film by Solveig Nordlund, about a devastating reality that harvested so many young lives in four decades, here



After a book by António Lobo Antunes, which i presume once lived in this house in Benfica where a few scenes were recorded.

Hotell Volrat Tham....


..architect Johan Tuvert ?

20 januari 2015

"The imitation game"....


Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode and Allen Leech

British acting at its best and a story with a sad end....and one should wonder who is crucified right now in the name of whatever. The official public apology that arrived more than fifty years after his suicide, was indeed a great demonstration of state hypocrisy.

A film by Morten Tyldum, IMDB

13 januari 2015

Henry Moore....


Göteborg, Slottsskogen, "Vilande figur", 1963 - 2012. Interesting but I never got the impression of a "reclining figure", during its time in the park.






..with a small adjustment in position suddenly the "reclining figure" is crystal clear !!

Removed from Slottsskogen on permanent basis to prevent future thefts and awaiting for conservation works. Its future placement is not decided.