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January 1, 2017

Remember to click on the title and go to the f/stop site. When you scroll down past the text, there’s “media” attached…

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An egotistical son of the rich builds fantastically expensive edifices. He’s always led a life of privelage. An air of entitlement hangs over his every gesture. He’s fond of making grand entrances wherever he sets foot. Perhaps he’s even a touch mad.

A family of “entrepreneurs,” with support from individuals drawn from the country’s financial and political “elite,” plays every angle in the book. Sons, daughters, under the influence of their parents, court the darker elements in society. Watching their story unfold becomes more and more difficult for we the audience to endure.

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No, not him.

Noteworthy especially as we begin 2017, if only for the imagery, Italian director Luchino Visconti’s Ludwig, Mad King of Bavaria (1973) and The Damned (1969). A suffocating gloom hangs over both films, Impenetrable later works which came after this Italian director’s more esteemed films (The Leopard for one). Film as “grand” opera.

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3 Comments
  1. This is scary!

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  2. Bill Greenfield permalink

    Happy New Year, Ray! (well, you never know…) –Bill

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  3. Beth Giguere permalink

    I’ve left several comments. Page shows they are being ‘moderated’ or whatever. Then these (humble) remarks fail to show. This is a test.

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