2009 - December

Cinema Study: Broken Embraces

Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) is Pedro Almodovar’s costliest and longest film to date, and perhaps his most subtle and multilayered. With four love stories intertwining a fiercely talented cast consisting of Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, Jose Luis Gomez, and Blanca Portillo, tensions unique to Almodovar’s cinematic taste and intricate imagination rise, which inevitably explore…

The Innate Qualities of Instruments

Anton Guilio Bragaglia, The Cellist, 1913 Picasso, Violin, 1912 Photograph of virtuoso Glenn Gould playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations The piano, cello, and violin have all evolved in their usage, design, and function. What would be seen as controversial usage decades ago is now common practice. It is for this reason that it has become an increasingly complex…

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