Saturday, February 27, 2010
Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York City streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past.
The Cats of Mirikitani is the cinematographic result of Mirikitani's encounter with documentary maker Linda Hattendorf.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Fair comment, but let me assure you: all relevant posts are published!
It is amazing though how many comments don't get my Big Brother approval: from Latin American ladies wishing to have a naughty chat with the readers of this blog to racist comments directed to the President of the United States, via words of nationalist or ethnic supremacy and the advertising of quick money loans or lawyers looking for people to relieve their clients of a couple of million worth of $$ (interesting that last one, yes, but there may be a catch somewhere...).
Well, I have got nothing against Latin American ladies (some of them are among my best friends, actually) and it is a nice feeling to not having to worry about the politics of an American president for a change.
I am not against money (or relieving the very rich from some of their assets to benefit less fortunate people), but altogether, I'm quite happy with what I have.
What I mean to say is that I like to keep The Beret Project a Beret Project, really - a blog on everything beret - including politics, sex and money where it is relevant!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tezuka first started to work in the comics industry at the age of seventeen, drawing a comic strip for a newspaper; a year later he published his first full-length manga book,Shintakarajima, "New Treasure Island", based on a story by Shichima Sakai.Tezuka’s works had tremendous impact on Japanese culture, literature and film, especially during the post-war period.
His work focused on the themes of the progress, technology, environmentalism, tolerance, and reincarnation, and his messages of hope and calls for greater social responsibility have made him one of the most respected cultural figures of 20th century Japan.
In America, Tezuka’s best known creation is the world-renowned children’s series Astro Boy, but in his lifetime he drew more than 150,000 pages of manga, touching on every style and genre, writing for every age-group from young children to mature audiences, and single-handedly creating the majority of the genres and character-types we see in manga and anime today.
Distinct themes for which Tezuka is best known:
- Prejudice and intolerance, and whether it is possible for two races to coexist in peace.
- War, its psychological causes and effects on individuals and societies.
- Transformation and the appeal of unleashing bestial and evil portions of the psyche.
- Environmentalism and the balance between man and nature.
- Science and Medicine, their purposes and limitations.
- Reincarnation and the cycles of life and death and the rise and fall of civilizations.
- Buddhism and where it succeeds and fails to satisfy the human need for spiritual guidance.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I now found out that the correct term is "sun-washed"; as if the wearer of this beret has been wearing it for many months under the blistering sun on the Argentinean campo. And yes, they are beautiful berets; nicely lined with satin and with the embroidered Tolosa Tupida label sewed on.
South Pacific Berets expanded the range of these sunwashed berets with maroon and green coloured models and, if ordered directly from this blog, these berets go for $29.50!
My rough estimate is that only 3.8% of the pictures on The Beret Project originate in the United States, the same country where the vast majority of visitors of this blog come from, according to web stats 43.4% (not to mention most customers of South Pacific Berets).
With such a discrepancy, there must be something wrong here...
I tried to correct this imbalance, but strangely, what I found are, apart from the occasional academic or artist, mostly pictures of berets, not the actual headgear worn on top of one's head, or, even worse, base ball caps with berets on it!
Even more worrying: most of them openly claim not to be the wearers, but to be the proud mother or baby of a beret wearer! And, of course, it's mostly related to the military or anti-revolutionary. It is a fascinating country...
But, as always, I am happy to hear your suggestions!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Although spotting a beret in the
wild in France is
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Villagio's books were translated and officially distributed in the countries behind the Iron Curtain, garnering very positive reviews and an impressive number of copies sold. The first book even received the Gogol Prize in Moscow.
Ironically, while the governments of the East Bloc countries saw the satire of the ills of Capitalism in the books, the readers identified their plight with Fantozzi's, feeling victimized by authoritarian, faceless societies.
Villagio has an impressive C.V. in books, films, theatre and television productions, but only with Fantozzi, directed by Luciano Salce in 1975, did he rise to film stardom.
Being a worker's man, Villagio was a faithful wearer of the Basque beret.
Friday, February 19, 2010
The makhila, the traditionnal Basque walking stick, is a symbol of honour and reflects a certain philosophy and way of life. Elegant, practical, a redoutable defensive weapon as well as a decorative object, the makhila is not only a mark of distinction but also a walking companion - a truly essential element in Basque life.
Discover, on this beautiful web site, the noble step-by-step method of fabrication, the ancestral "savoir faire" of the only Basque family who still make the makhila by tradition.
Pictures of Jean Ainciart in his 1924 workshop and Joanes Bergera in the same place in 1962.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
That requires an appropriate reaction on The Beret project.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Ernesto Cardenal Martínez (born January 20, 1925) is a Nicaraguan Catholic priest and was one of the most famous liberation theologians of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, a party he has since left.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Émile Jacotey is the fourth album by the French progressive rock band Ange, released in 1975, formed in 1970 by the Décamps brothers, Francis (keyboards) and Christian (vocals). They were initially influenced by Genesis and King Crimson, and their music is quite theatrical and poetic. Their first success was a cover of a Jacques Brel song Ces gens-là, on the album Le Cimetière des Arlequins.
The three other members of the band, in its first years (generally considered its best years), were Jean-Michel Brézovar on guitar, Gérard Jelsch on drums, and Daniel Hass on bass (and acoustic guitar).
Who the artist behind the album cover is, I don't know - but I like it!