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The Climb

Thrilling and charming in a way that very few American comedies ever are.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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In memory of the memories of W. G. Sebald

A great man and a haunting and evocative writer died Dec. 14, 2001. W. G. Sebald wrote books like no one else before or after him. His books involve a melancholy prowl through the wreckage of the 20th century and his own sometimes bewildered fragments of memory. They are always described as fiction, yet take the form of memoir and are illustrated by photographs that uncannily and exactly match his words. They are real beyond real. You can do no better than to read him. RE

The entry on Sebald in Wikipedia.

Photographs representing his face, subjects, moods and vision. The Sebald Pool on Flickr.

Analogue." "Inspired by the writings of W.G. Sebald and Arthur Conan Doyle and the early films of Peter Greenaway, Analogue attempts to re-imagine the sublime in the 19th century romantic landscape."

"A visual/verbal poem in memory of WG Sebald."

Sin contra, "without counting"

An architectural history class project in relation to "Topographical Stories" by David Leatherbarrow and "Austerlitz" by WG Sebald.

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From the Sebald photo pool on Flickr:

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Sweet Dreams, Baby: For Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline was born Sept. 8, 1932. Looking at her in this live footage, I'm struck by how she lacks showbiz affectations. Her dresses were what ordinary women would wear. Her hair was conventional. She just stands there pleasantly, almost politely, and sings. She could sing just like this in church on Sunday, Maybe not all the same songs,

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The shower scene

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