2009-05-23

Lars von Trier and Antichrist

Lars von Trier did it again. He created a new fantastic movie that got the audience at the Cannes Film festival to show their inner feelings. Which in itself is art. Journalists were outraged and demanded of Lars von Trier to explain himself. But as Lars said to them: a real artist doesn't have to explain himself.

The 'Antichrist' will probably not win the palms in Cannes. Lars von Trier is too controversial and very few understand his means and purposes. Nevertheless the movie ought to win. Because it's done with the directors heart and soul. Lars von Trier is for real. He makes movies because he burns for his occupation. And because he wants to engage his audience - and he succeeds.

He knew that people would be react, though he didn't understand what they meant when calling his movie 'women oppressive'. And neither do I. There's never anything oppressive in Lars von Triers works. He simply tells us a story where people are being taken over the limits and act thereafter.

Here's the link to the official trailer for Antichrist:

http://www.antichristthemovie.com/

Cheers,
Asta

2009-05-22

The World Tour

My World Tour started in Uppsala, Sweden and ended in China. I also enjoyed Italy and India.

Here are some shots from the highlights from my trip













Runic stones in front of the magnificant Cathedral in Uppsala











This runic stone is from 1050. Very well preserved














The 2 main towers of the cathedral














3 towers......
The Cathedral is 110 metres long.......














The main organ. It's huge.














I tried to get some shots of the classical window glasses. Unfortunately it's very difficult to image the beauty of this art.














The tree of Life











A view over the Italian city














Indian fashion














The populists are disturbing our Sicilian lunch











Chinese parking sign











Entering the Dragon Gate


Cheers,
Asta

2009-05-21

Stephen John Fry


This morning I sat down and watched Stephen John Fry, Brittish actor, comedian, authour, writer, film director and television presenter, searching for his family roots.

It was a wonderful programme, taking us to Vienna in Austria and to Surany in Slovakia where Stephen Fry's maternal grandparents came from. He learned, that his central European family members were deported to Auschwitz and Stutthof during the German occupation where they also died.

Stephen Fry also learned, that on his father's side of the family, his grandmother, Ella, came out of a very, very poor family who'd spent most of their lives at the local workhouse. Which was a great shame 100 years ago. Many of the family members had suffered from tuberculosis, and Stephen Fry went to the seaside resort, Margate in the Eastern of Kent, where they'd been recovering from the disease. Tuberculosis was quite common in the Victorian England in particular among poor people.

In Margate, Stephen Fry visited a local museum where one can see the different treatment methods. Some of them rather barbaric.

When surrounded by his closest family, presenting the family tree to them, Stephen Fry spoke out a reflection. He said that nowadays we think that life is tough but in reality we live a rather cosy and easy life, compared to the lives that people had to live 80-100 years ago. We do have the possibility to make choices for ourselves. And we don't have to suffer from poverty diseases like tuberculosis or undergo horrifying treatments.

Stephen Fry also said, because he was very moved by the faith of his family members, that he would have liked to be able to tell them, that everything would be better for the family. That they eventually succeeded in putting poverty and dispear behind them.
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