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The son of a vicar (and Charles Darwin was his great-uncle), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) became one of the most popular English composers. He studied under Charles Villiers Stanford and Hubert Parry at the Royal College of Music, but also read history and music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he palled around with the philosophers Bertrand Russell and G.E. Moore. He also went to Germany for lessons with Max Bruch, but ultimately rejected the 19th century German Romantic style Friendships with fellow Rcm students Gustav Holst and Leopold Stokowski later bore more fruit, in different ways: Stokowski, who moved to the United States, became Rvw's biggest supporter there; Holst and Vaughan Williams critiqued each others' work and joined in the study and collection of English folk songs. "The knowledge of our folk songs did not so much discover for us something new, but uncovered something which had been hidden by foreign matter, »
Your enjoyment of Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts will depend almost entirely on how much pretension you can take in one sitting. Some will find the film’s dense, overly articulate writing style, intellectual discussions about academia, and earnest celebration of classical music delightfully refreshing, while others will no doubt stand up at the half-hour mark, violently toss their popcorn to the ground, shout “I’ve had enough of these elitist pricks!” and storm out of the theatre in a huff. For this film, both seem like perfectly reasonable responses.
I myself fall somewhere in the middle, admiring Radnor’s obvious, if sometimes overbearing, passion for cerebral introspection, while also being able to chuckle at the unintentional ways Radnor’s script tiptoes into self-parody. At the point where the two main characters are writing each other letters, reciting phrases like “as the music began to swell, I suddenly realized I »
- Jonathan R. Lack
Above: Remorques (Jean Gremillon, 1941). Artist: Henry Monnici.
When I heard that Film Forum was putting on a show called “The French Old Wave” I was hoping that it was going to be a revisionist look at the films that Truffaut and his compadres in the nouvelle vague famously dismissed as “Le cinéma de papa” or the “le cinéma de qualité.” In his epoch-making 1954 essay “Une certaine tendance du cinéma français”, the essay which gave rise to the phrase “la politique des auteurs” and thus the Auteur Theory, Truffaut asserted that the worst of Jean Renoir’s movies would always be more interesting than the best of the movies of Jean Delannoy.
While Delannoy has two films in the series (L’eternel retour from 1943 and La symphonie pastorale from 1946), Renoir has six, so the series is less of a revisionist look at the films that the New Wave lambasted, and more »
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