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And We’re Hooked To The Silver Screen: David Bowie’s High Line Film Festival

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Some of you may have heard about the upcoming David Bowie-curated High Line Festival that kicks off this Wednesday, May 9th, with a concert by Arcade Fire at Radio City Music Hall (see you there!) here in New York. The festival runs until May 19th and features concerts by Air, Daniel Johnston, Deerhoof, The Polyphonic Spree and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, among others, as well as comedy by Ricky Gervais.
What may have been overlooked, however is a mini-festival of Spanish and Latin American films, chosen by Bowie. His original goal was to have one film from each of the last 10 decades, but that clearly didn’t work out. However, I am sure you’ll all agree that The former Thin White Duke has done a pretty good job. Almost all of these are rated 8 or higher by IMDB users and we all know that those who watch foriegn-language films take these things more seriously than those who don’t!
The film lineup is as follows:
El Automovil Gris – Dir. Enrique Rosas Priego, Mexico, 1919
Limite – Dir. Mario Peixoto, Brazil, 1931 (Bonus film)
El Prisionero 13 – Dir. Fernando de Fuentes, Mexico, 1933
Dos Monjes – Dir. Juan Bustillo Oro, Mexico, 1934
Aventurera – Dir. Alberto Gout, Mexico, 1949
Robinson Crusoe – Dir. Luis Bunuel, Mexico, 1954
Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment) – Dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1968
El Espíritu de la Colmena (The Spirit of the Beehive) – Dir. Victor Erice, Spain, 1973
Oriana – Dir. Fina Torres, Venezuela/Francia, 1985
Los Amantes del Ciculo Polar Lovers of the Arctic Circle -Dir. Julio Medem, Spain, 1998
Machuca – Dir. Andrés Wood, Chile/Spain, 2004
All screenings will be at the Quad Cinemas and tickets can be bought here.

Racism Will Out…Apparently

Aragones.jpgRemember a couple of years ago when I wrote a couple of pieces about racists and fascists in European football? Well, it seems that they still keep getting away with it. Spain national team coach Luis Aragonés has, after almost 2 years, successfully appealed a £2,000 fine for calling Arsenal striker Thierry Henry “that black shit” in an effort to rev up one of his players prior to a match against France. He maintained that he had not meant to offend anyone.
However, his vigorous defense of his comments prior to a friendly match vs. England in Spain led to “a tirade of racist abuse from fans in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium” against visit black players, according to the Guardian.
According to the paper, “The ruling is definitive and there is no right of appeal, however Aragonés could face a hostile reception when his Spain team play England in a friendly at Old Trafford tonight.” Here’s hoping so.
Photo © Associated Press

That’s It. I’m Moving To Spain…

666.jpgToday I am adding a new category to The Rabbi Report. Named in memory of martyred former Chilean president Salvador Allende, the award will honor men and women of political and social vision the world over in the hopes that their courage as well as a sense of freedom and fair play might inspire even the few folks who read my scribblings. Inspired by the death of the man who led the coup that overthrew president Allende and plunged Chile into almost two decades of darkness, repression and murder, I hope to use this category to, in my own little way, spread the word about people doing good around the world.
So the first Allende Award goes to Spain’s Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

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