How I (almost) lost my husband to Sophia Loren

There’s been a lot going on lately and lots of stories to share here with friends or foes or whoever cares to read really, but one evening stands out because it was the time I (almost) lost my husband and 30 year best friend to a lovely Italian lady. Of 84.

It was the night Aldwych Theatre in London replaced one of its “Tina Turner” shows with another most powerful headliner, a true legend of the big screen and, in her own words.. una donna antica.. Sophia Loren..

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Shows like these, extended live interviews on life and pursuit and happiness and career and whatnot.. are fleeting moments of joy, unmissable opportunities to share the glory of an era that is no more, when women were beautiful and perfectly composed and.. heartbroken mostly.. Continue reading “How I (almost) lost my husband to Sophia Loren”

30 de ani de admirație

Pe când aveam 12-13 ani, bucuriile mele simple în regimul comunist erau foarte strâns legate de muzică. Nici nu prea aveai alte zone în care să te refugiezi și să-ți imaginezi că e totul frumos și bine – doar în cărți și în muzică – de la rock-ul anilor 60 la pop-ul anilor 80. Pe atunci a apărut albumul de debut al Loredanei, ACEL album, care nu numai că era interpretat de o fată de 16-17 ani, dar era și scris și produs întru totul de unul dintre cei mai buni compozitori de muzică de film de toate felurile pe care i-a avut țara asta – Adrian Enescu.

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We Need to Talk about Kevin

I have pondered a lot over the past days whether to write or not about Kevin Spacey. I have been, and still am, a huge fan. I am also a public relations professional and a woman who has, like pretty much every other woman in Eastern European Romania, seen and experienced her fair share of sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour.

I have read in horror all the witness stories written about Harvey Weinstein and empathised, just like everyone else with a pulse and a heart in the right place, with those who have been pushed around, denied roles, threatened or molested by a bully in a position of power.

But somehow, in my book, nothing that has been so far written about Kevin Spacey registers in the same way. I hear people who have been bothered by a massage in an age where sexual partners are chosen on Tinder. I hear vertically moral people bothered by a blow job in a gay bar in a country where this happens pretty much every year.

I see a world class career destroyed in a matter of days in a whirlwind of social media where anonymous comments evoke shady incidents that are literally from the last century. I see that a theatre – which has been brought back to glory from rubble and disarray by Spacey and endowed with a humongous amount of money not two years ago – is trying to ride the publicity wave by opening a “confidential email address” where people are encouraged to spill the beans on Kevin Spacey.

Leaving aside the preposterous notion of anonymous email messages or confidential email addresses, two concepts that would work today only for crass computer illiterates, the headline that this poor gang of gossipers gets in Vanity Fair says it all “Kevin Spacey’s Former Theatre Has Opened a Confidential Tip Line”. Sorry, Old Vic, for the American audiences you still are and will be Kevin Spacey’s former theatre…

I see Spacey fired, blamed, his work discarded, his awards withdrawn, his strong and, I am sure, overbearing personality condemned at every step, and yet I saw no outrage of such caliber two years ago when this came to light. Not the first time, mind you, but the third or the fourth time in ten years…

I see now Masterclass is cancelling his class on acting, Kevin Spacey being the main reason I had learned about Masterclass.com in the first place. I wonder when Dustin Hoffman will also get the axe judging by the same weird wave of morality that suddenly got into us…

I read his PR advisors and publicists are deserting him right now and trying to put some distance – and I remember all the glorious campaigns and ideas that surrounded “House of Cards” or The Old Vic every single year… I was in awe of all that… and frankly, I am disgusted by all this…

I see all this happening in a country lead by Donald Trump… I see all this happening to one of the great friends of Bill Clinton… forgive me if I really feel this is off…

I can’t rule out the possibility that I might be horribly wrong. The private lives of individuals cannot be judged objectively by outsiders. You can never know all the inner details of a crisis situation as long as you are not in the room… But I would have felt extremely hypocritical if I had not written this. Kevin Spacey was the one to make me come to London and experience world class theatre for years and years and years… He left me in awe following his performances in Richard III, Inherit the Wind, Clarence Darrow, The Usual Suspects, but also for The Life of David Gale. He left me in tears after the wildly emotional speech he delivered the night before leaving The Old Vic as a Creative Director.

This is none of my business and yet it is… cause if we start throwing shit at people and destroy careers based on gossip and we all agree that this is somehow ok, who’s gonna say who the next target is and who’s gonna wait and analyse and judge (I mean really judge) whether it was warranted or not…

Oh, and if you are looking for good movies to watch, you should try this one sometime…

Ed Harris pe scena

Unul dintre motivele pentru care merg la Londra la teatru este mania mea de a compara experienta pe care o am cu un actor pe scena versus pe pelicula. De fiecare data sunt diferente importante, subtile, uneori scena imi confirma ce am vazut pe ecran, alteori nu, iar cateodata ma bulverseaza complet.

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Pana acum, magnifici pe scena au fost doar patru – in experienta mea – Kevin Spacey, James McAvoy, Al Pacino si Helen Mirren. In aceasta ordine. Dezamagirile cele mai mari le-am trait cu Kristin Scott Thomas (de trei ori, deci nu mai am cum sa le consider intamplatoare) si cu Benedict Cumberbatch (da, în acel Hamlet). Iar de la piesa de teatru în care Damien Lewis isi construise intreg rolul incercand sa-l imite pe Pacino am iesit, pur si simplu, din sala.

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Black Mirror 3.0

Charlie Brooker a avut intotdeauna o imaginatie… mai altfel. Ca jurnalist, avea o rubrica in care oferea premii in bani cititorilor care scriau redactiei, ca apoi sa-i injure chiar in paginile revistei. A creat ”Ignopedia”, un fel de Wikipedia dac-ar fi dupa Trump. Dar eu am ajuns sa stiu de el abia dupa ce am vazut primele doua serii din ”Black Mirror”.

In acceptiunea britanica, un serial pare sa fie orice film de televiziune care are doua sau mai multe episoade, de aceea, daca veti cauta serialul, veti constata ca prima ”serie” are trei episoade, a doua are alte trei si totul culmineaza cu un episod special de Craciun (special sa-ti strice Craciunul) intitulat sugestiv ”White Christmas”.

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De anul acesta, Brooker e contractat de Netflix si puf! sase noi episoade in octombrie si alte sase episoade anuntate pentru ianuarie. Avand in vedere ca Brooker abia a inceput filmarile pentru seria a 4-a, reactia lui pe Reddit cand a aflat de la fani care e deadline-ul anuntat pe imdb a fost, desigur, ”fuck”.

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A necklace fit for the Mother of Dragons

With the Emmys now over, we know there is a new record set for the most awarded TV show in all history – and the winner is… ”Game of Thrones”. No show can be so great without a lot of passion from all the members of its team. I talked a few weeks ago to Michele Carragher, who did the embroidery for all those fantastic costumes. This is an interview with Yunus & Eliza, another couple of talented artists, brought to the show to create those wonderful neck sculptures that remind us all Daenerys Targaryen is the Mother of Dragons. Here are their answers and – best of all, the necklaces are for sale here, but, quite understandably, there is a long waiting list.

How did Yunus meet Eliza?

In a foundry in West London.

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Your creative story started with the Poseidon ring – which is said to be an ”accidental creation”. How did the ”accident” happen?

We didn’t intend to make a ring, rather a small sculpture, that we hollowed out from the back to make less heavy, and it was then a natural step to put a finger through…. Continue reading “A necklace fit for the Mother of Dragons”

A modern fairy – Michele Carragher

I got caught up in the Game of Thrones in the 4th season – binged it all up and then followed it week after week religiously. One of the details you notice as a fan is the rich texture of the costumes – clear indication that the production team is as much in love with the books as any of us. Yet finding the artists to create the wonderful clothes and armours, to imagine and deliver the fabulous embroidery on Cersei’s dresses in silk or leather or Daenerys’s blue dragonscale tunic is quite a feat in this day and age.

The eyes, brains and hands behind the magical embroidery on the GoT costumes belong to Michele Carragher, a young and very talented British artist, with an impressive portfolio of costume design for period and fantasy movies. Here are her thoughts on embroidery, creativity and the World of Costume in an exclusive interview.

You seem to have drawn inspiration for your wonderful embroidery work from many sources – from architecture to painting and jewellery. What is the one most important thing that you learned from each of these three?
Because I often want to create sculptural and 3 dimensional elements to my embroidery I find it really useful to look at architectural decoration, or jewellery as a starting point as it will be easier for me to visualise the embroidery for the particular piece I am working on, for example a lion, from an already sculpted shape.
I do however look to nature too, particularly if I want to capture movement within a piece. Within paintings I may be looking to the historical textiles and decoration within them, or it may be to look at how colours, mood and light have been captured by a particular artist.

You have worked both for Elizabeth I, where the need for historical accuracy was a bit stricter, and for Game of Thrones, which allows for more creativity? Which setup worked better for you – the one that provided more guidelines for your work or the one that left everything to your imagination?
For a historical drama like Elizabeth I there are usually documented references for you to draw on, in books, on the Net and in Museums, and you use all these to influence your designs but you don’t have to recreate pin point accurate embroideries, as there wouldn’t be time to do this. You are trying to create an impression of the style of work that is believable to the audience as belonging to the period you are portraying on screen and is suitable for the particular character’s status or narrative story. With a Fantasy like Game of Thrones you have more freedom to create designs as you are not restricted to a specific period in time.
Whatever genre of film you are working towards conveying a visual narrative to the audience to create a believable and understandable world, be it contemporary, fictional, factual or fantasy.
Out of the two productions I would say I prefer working on Game of Thrones as it has allowed me to present my own authorship within the designs I have created, this doesn’t take away any importance from my work on Elizabeth 1, I loved the challenge it presented me with the designs I had to conceive, and I really did enjoy working on this project due the Elizabethan era being such a great period of history to work on, with lots of rich encrusted decoration. Continue reading “A modern fairy – Michele Carragher”

Un colt de rai ”a l’ancienne”

Pe bulevardul Maresal Prezan, la nr. 4 A intri pe o alee in care te intampina mirosul de cetina chiar si in plina vara. In capat, protejata de un rond impunator de hortensii care isi fac de cap pentru ca au atata apa si atata umbra cata le trebuie, e o casa paralelipipedica, jumatate ziduri jumatate ferestre, unde isi are sediul un adevarat muzeu al modei somptuoase, teatrale si al accesoriilor de mare clasa.

E firesc, e casa doamnei Doina Levintza si a domnului Dan Coma, atelier, locuinta, showroom si spatiu de intalniri magice cum nu cred sa mai existe in Bucuresti. Bubu, bichonul alb, bucuros si zgomotos te intampina la usa indiferent pe ce buton te nimeresti sa suni. De la intrare dai peste piese artizanale de colectie, intr-un alandala relaxat si artistic, semn ca fiecare dintre ele si-a gasit locul natural, la un anumit moment, si de-acolo nu s-a mai clintit, lasand sa se adune straturi si straturi de obiecte, care mai de care mai interesante, care mai de care mai cu poveste.

Vin in casa din Maresal Prezan cu bucuria de a ma reintalni cu un loc extraordinar, in afara timpului, in care maiestria e judecata si pretuita la adevarata ei valoare, in care ai interlocutori minunati sa discuti frumosul, fie ca el se modeleaza in cristal, in bronz, in ulei sau acuarela, in lemn sau argint. Si mai ales in piele. Continue reading “Un colt de rai ”a l’ancienne””

Celine Dion – turneul european

Multe semne de intrebare au planat asupra concertului de sambata seara, de la Paris, al lui Celine Dion. Dupa tragediile sale personale sfasietoare, era greu de crezut ca va regasi forta de a urca pe scena si, mai ales, de a-si infrange lacrimile innodate in barba cand aproape fiecare cantec pe care il are de cantat pare a avea o legatura cu Rene Angelil. In plus, Parisul in plin campionat european de fotbal oferea si el destula neliniste. Dar…

Am ales un titlu banal pentru ca altfel as fi scris titluri a la Click si Libertatea si ati fi zis ca am luat-o razna. Mai ales ca mare fan Celine Dion n-am fost niciodata. Dar…

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Nu mi s-a intamplat pana acum sa plang necontrolat la doua cantece pe care nu le stiam, doar incarcandu-ma de emotia unei voci nepamantene si de reactia extraordinara a unei sali de 20.000 de oameni.

Nu am vazut vreun interpret care sa declare la inceput de concert ca nu se va schimba si nu se va misca de pe scena pe toata durata concertului pentru a pastra legatura cu publicul continuu, 2 ore. Si sa si faca asta.

Nu am auzit pe cineva capabil sa treaca de la ”It’s all coming back to me now” direct la refrenul din “Power of love” si la partea a doua a cantecului, care e, evident, cea mai grea.

Nu am vazut cantaret capabil sa cante fara pauza si fara o gura de apa timp de 90 de minute. Nu am vazut cantaret capabil sa-si inghita emotiile si durerea si din ele sa creeze un show pe cat de retinut ca desfasurare scenografica pe atat de dezlantuit la nivel vocal. Nu am vazut pana pe 25 iunie.

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