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Sideways

Do you remember fun? One of the best American movies in years, and already assured of classic status alongside the likes of Woody Allens trenchant comedies of manners, Alexander Paynes Sideways as garnered widespread acclaim. A bittersweet journey of self discovery in the Californian winelands and homage to the culture

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Bend It Like Beckham

A big hit in 2002, Gurinder Chadhas feel-good comedy reworks in a sports environment, and with less seriousness, some of the ethnic differences that are the particular concern of Non Resident Indian directors like Chadha herself (Bhaji on the Beach; Bride and Prejudice), and Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and

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Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

How and why did Anakin Skywalker desert the Jedi and go over to the dark side to become Darth Vader? This is the issue central to the third prequel in the Star Wars saga, the one that links to George Lucas original mid-sequence space opera from 1977. And while

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Kingdom of Heaven

Sir Ridley Scott is no stranger to the period epic genre (most successfully with Gladiator) and in this, his latest Crusader blockbuster, his peculiar skill at choreographing violence and brutality, and graphically depicting Hell on earth, is unleashed to dramatic effect (its amazing what slow motion can do!). A material

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The Mannerist Movement

Florence may hold the world’s best concentration of Renaissance art, but there is another movement overshadowed by the Renaissance that Florence keeps well hidden. Tucked away in churches around the city are jewels of the Mannerist movement, masterpieces that most people will unknowingly miss in favour of lining

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Part I: The Art of the Chase

We’re all very well aware of the reputation Italian men carry worldwide. Who knows out of what mixture of reality and cultural myth the image has been propagated – though it would probably make an interesting sociology dissertation topic, but no woman could plead oblivious to the archetype

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Kingdom of Heaven

Sir Ridley Scott is no stranger to the period epic genre (most successfully with Gladiator) and in this, his latest Crusader blockbuster, his peculiar skill at choreographing violence and brutality, and graphically depicting Hell on earth, is unleashed to dramatic effect (its amazing what slow motion can do!). A material

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The Warrior

The penultimate feature in the British Institutes Talking Pictures programme of Indian Diaspora films and never the twain shall meet? This is a remarkable film debut for British born Asif Kapadia. An ambitious epic undertaking, spectacularly filmed in the deserts and mountains of Rajasthan, The Warrior is set in Indias

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Touching the Void

This is a breath-takingly thrilling drama documentary (Oscar-winning Director Kevin MacDonalds description) that brings a true story of a devastating moral dilemma alive on the big screen. Retracing the ascent of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes by two young British climbers in 1985, MacDonalds film slopes with

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Head in the Cloud

World War II melodrama of epic silliness and supreme vapidity (Rolling Stone) is perhaps not the best recommendation for this Chalize Theron and Penelope Cruz coupling. And coupling in various guises is what its all about. Theron plays Gilda (yes!),a 30s throwback (would-be) femme fatale fatally seducing all

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Deal with garbage?

CRASH! The sound of broken glass shatters the silence of the dark, rainy night. My jet-lagged brain takes a moment to process. It’s a Sunday night in January 1999, and I have just fallen asleep in the apartment that I’ve rented over the Internet for

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Complete the paperwork

There is so much in Italy to like: the beautiful buildings, historic ruins, amazing food and wine...the list is endless. There are however sometimes problematic downsides to this wonderful country. I hope the following will aid you in understanding the slow and sometimes complicated Italian system.   E111. This

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A day in Florence,

  I suggest that you and your friends begin your day with a visit to the Museum of Opificio Pietre Dure, Via Alfani, 78, a rare and precious museum, where, ...

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Modigliani

How do you make love to a cube? is the question at the centre of the rivalry between the Italian painter (he of the long necks) Amedeo Modigliani, and Pablo Picasso, reigning divo of the Parisian avant-garde circa 1919, and the question is one about style as well as

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Monsoon Wedding

The British Institutes Talking Pictures Indian Diaspora season, And never the twain shall meet? a series of celebrated films made by Indian Subcontinentals and others, exploring the burning issues of East-West migration and adjustment, this week features Misa Nairs award winning (Golden Lion, Venice 2001 ) MONSOON WEDDING, a romantic

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Spanglish

Bilingual Anglo-Latino romantic comedy, with an amazing star turn from Tea Leoni as an uptight Los Angeles housewife and mother who welcomes inter her household Mexican economic immigrants Flor (Paz Vega) and her daughter Cristina (Shelbie Bruce), while trying to cope with stark-raving calm super chef husband (Adam

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The Jacket

Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley star in this horror-thriller about an amnesiac war veteran and his out-of-body time travel experience in an institution for the criminally insane, under the care of a sadistic morgue-infatuated psychiatrist (Kris Kristofferson). Generally regarded as a bit of a disappointment after

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Super Size Me

Hard-hitting documentaries have been making a comeback in cinemas around the world, and there seems to be no end in sight to military-industrial-complex-bashing. The latest target is the fast food corporation (the one with the big yellow M in particular), held to account, in this refreshingly

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The purchase of real estate in Italy

We asked Bill Thomson, the managing director of the Knight Frank real estate network in Italy, to help us out with some basic questions regarding the purchase of property.   TF: Regarding purchasing property in Italy for non-Italians, we have been warned that it is easy to get “

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A Pre-Raphaelite Church

From the outside, it is just one among the many XVIth century palazzi which can be found at almost every corner of the city. But number 18 of via Maggio is no ordinary palace and hides more beauty than the eye can see at a first glimpse. Behind the Renaissance

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Spanglish

Bilingual Anglo-Latino romantic comedy, with an amazing star turn from Tea Leoni as an uptight Los Angeles housewife and mother who welcomes inter her household Mexican economic immigrants Flor (Paz Vega) and her daughter Cristina (Shelbie Bruce), while trying to cope with stark-raving calm super chef husband (Adam

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The Jacket

Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley star in this horror-thriller about an amnesiac war veteran and his out-of-body time travel experience in an institution for the criminally insane, under the care of a sadistic morgue-infatuated psychiatrist (Kris Kristofferson). Generally regarded as a bit of a disappointment after

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Ship art to and from Italy?

Whether you are an artist, or an art collector, sending contemporary works of art out of Italy can be a nerve racking experience. What can be even worse is trying to bring ones own artwork into Italy from non-EC countries.   To export paintings and other artworks one must

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