Thursday, December 17, 2009

The destruction of the Parthenon

A very controversial video, made for the Greek ministry of culture by acclaimed director Gavras then censored by the Greek Church for daring to suggest the portion of blame and influence of the Greek Church in the eventual destruction of the Acropolis. Perhaps a little harsh on the British, or perhaps this video portrays an unfortunate bare truth as there still (end of 2009) appears to be no official British recognition of the grabbing of the marbles to have been an indecent act. If this is the way an advanced nation acquires culture, and defends this action today, then tens of museums are not enough to supplement the culture missing from one's people.

"Arms gave the first his right, the latter had none, but (Elgin) basely stole what less Barbarians won".

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The big blue

There are favorites and there are favorites. This track from the magnificent composer Eric Sera has to be my favorite soundtrack of all time. The film "The Big Blue" or Le Grand Bleu" that dates back to almost 1980 is not a bit less magnificent. For those reminiscent of Greece and Greek islands or to anyone that has never seen this masterpiece, I highly recommend watching this film. The film is almost entirely filmed on the Greek islands as well as some scenes in the beautiful Taormina (Sicily). The scenes in Greece are mainly from a tiny island called Amorgos with dazzling scenery.
By the way, the American version and the European version differ significantly. To get the full flavor of this masterpiece try to get hold of a copy of the extended version (also called version longue or director's cut).