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Remembering Bertolt Brecht

August 15, 2014
Remembering Bertolt Brecht

Although he was known primarily as a playwright, the poetry of Bertolt Brecht is increasingly recognised as being worthy of note.One of my favourites The Mask of Evil was translated into English as follows. On my wall hangs a Japanese carving, The mask of an evil demon, decorated with gold lacquer. Sympathetically I observe The […]

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Visits to the Museum

August 14, 2014
Visits to the Museum

Following is an edited version of an article that appeared on Magdeburgerjoe.com back in 2010. One of my past times as a child was looking at my parent’s art books. I didn’t like going to the museum. That meant passing up an afternoon of play and stuffing myself into clothing that made me feel claustrophobic. […]

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The Real Story of the von Trapp Family and the Sound of Music [Videos]

December 10, 2013
The Real Story of the von Trapp Family and the Sound of Music [Videos]

    It is well-known that The Sound of Music is based upon a real life story.  The von Trapp family is certainly real. They were indeed opponents of hitler and the Nazis. Beyond that, there were many departures from true accuracy that were made in doing the film. Prologue Magazine lays out some of […]

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Looking At Banknotes From Around the World [Videos]

October 20, 2013
Looking At Banknotes From Around the World [Videos]

Some of the most interesting artwork in the world is found on paper currency. Collecting the currency of the world can provide a fascinating and colourful glimpse of the nations of the world. Although currency in Europe became a lot more boring with the adoption of the Euro, there are still a lot of interesting […]

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Banksy and the World of Graffiti Art [Videos]

October 19, 2013
Banksy and the World of Graffiti Art [Videos]

British superstar graffiti artist Banksy is the target of a citywide manhunt, Reuters News reports. Lame dork mayor Mike Bloomberg explained the misuse of police manpower by explaining “Graffiti does ruin people’s property.” but had nothing to say about ticket blitzes and nanny state laws that have blighted life in New York City during the […]

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To This Day: A Video About Bullying by Shane Koyczan [Video]

April 3, 2013
To This Day: A Video About Bullying by Shane Koyczan [Video]

The following video about bullying is painful to look at. The easiest part about watching it was identifying with the protagonist. The hardest part of watching it is recalling the times I passed the pain on by becoming a bully myself to stay away from the bottom of the food chain. And the saddest part […]

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The Man Who Had To Sing [Video]

March 18, 2013
The Man Who Had To Sing [Video]

  The following cartoon is an animated fable by Milan Blažeković of Croatia. He made it back in  in 1970 when Croatia was still part of Yugoslavia. It was produced by the famed Zagreb Film.  Its original title: Čovjek koji je morao pjevati. Is the man just annoying, or is his song a variation of […]

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Pointillism Is Alive And Well Through Les Conroy

January 27, 2013
Pointillism Is Alive And Well Through Les Conroy

One of my big complaints about modern art is when it completely loses any resemblance to the world we see, such as with the art of Jackson Pollock. Another pet peeve of mine is the work of Andy Warhol, who managed to get thousands of dollars for painting a Campbell’s soup can. All too often, […]

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The Art and Life of Ben Shahn [Video]

January 16, 2013
The Art and Life of Ben Shahn [Video]

Ben Shahn was born in Lithuania in 1898 to orthodox Jewish parents. Living under czarist rule gave him early exposure to brutality and injustice. Coming to America and seeing the impoverished flip side of America’s opportunities became a powerful influence on Ben Shahn’s social realist form of art. For Shahn, art was never separate from […]

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Painter of the Day, Alexei Savrasov [Videos]

October 30, 2012
Savrosov portrait

While looking for paintings of storms, I came across the paintings of Alexei Savrasov, who was was a Russian landscape painter who lived from 12830 to 1897.He started to show artistic ability at the age of eight, and eventually studies at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, from which he graduated in 1850. […]

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Censored Books Throughout the Ages

April 4, 2012
Censored Books Throughout the Ages

  The history of censorship goes back to ancient Greece. Far from being the exclusive province of ham fisted dictators like the Nazis and the communists, even the United States has engaged in censorship for reasons other than reasons of profanity or sexual explicitness.Amazingly enough an ancient Greek play Aristophanes’s “Lysistrata,” written in 411 BC, […]

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Yuri Norshteyn, Master of Animated Film [Videos]

November 20, 2011
Yuri Norshteyn, Master of Animated Film [Videos]

Yuri Norshteyn is an animated film producer from Russia, who produced a great deal of work back when Russia was still the hub of the USSR. He was born in 1941 to Jewish parents who were fleeing deeper into the Soviet Union to escape advancing Nazi armies. When viewing Norshteyn’s films, one notes a fundamental […]

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Film of the Day From Iran “Baran” [Video]

July 26, 2011
Film of the Day From Iran “Baran” [Video]

  Iranian films are getting well deserved respect abroad. One critically acclaimed film is Baran, a 2001 film about a Kurdish worker who falls in love with an  Afghan girl. The film reveals the ethnic divisions in Iranian society between different ethnic groups, as well as the tension between illegal foreign workers and the government. […]

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Film of the Day Azucar Amarga (Bitter Sugar) [Video]

July 26, 2011
Film of the Day   Azucar Amarga (Bitter Sugar) [Video]

Globe Tribune.Info is pleased to present the 1996 Cuban film, Azucar Amarga (Bitter Sugar). IMDb summarises the plot as follows.   “Gustavo is a young Havana Communist who believes in the revolution; he hopes for a scholarship to study aeronautical engineering in Prague. But his faith in the new Cuba is tested: his father, a […]

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“Pulgasari”, North Korean Film Shows People Revolting Against Brutal Tyrant [Complete Video]

June 27, 2011
“Pulgasari”, North Korean Film Shows People Revolting Against Brutal Tyrant [Complete Video]

A North Korean film from 1985 has been posted on You Tube with a plot that is described as follows.   “In feudal Korea, the evil King becomes aware that there is a peasant rebellion being planned in the country. He steals all the iron farming tools and cooking pots from the people so that […]

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