Dec 02


O Brother Where Art Thou ?????
This is my second viewing of this film. I dug it out of our files. I really can’t explain it, but I love this film. It has a beautiful sense of flow, and reflective of the deep south, both in its’ charm, but also its’ hypocrisy and bigotry. The acting is superb, and the script line was flawless. It is the story of three convicts that escape from a Mississippi chain gang. It follows their flight through the Mississippi farmlands, with a story line written to suggest the travels of Odysseus. By forming a song group that becomes famous, they eventually get pardons from the governor, though with several harrowing escapes from southern justice (or absence of it).
 

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Dec 02


David Oistrakh, The Complete EMI Recordings ?????
I realize that I’m giving a lot of classical music five stars. It’s hard not to give David Oistrakh anything but five stars. He certainly is the consummate violinist of the 20th century. This is not a complete edition of his works, and is missing certain works, such as the Mendelssohn violin concerto which he recorded with Deutsche Grammophon. There is some variability in the recording quality between pieces, and some pieces, such as some of the Beethoven violin concerto. All in all, this set is an awesome bargain for an awesome violinist.
 

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