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Saw Iranian Film at AFI in Silver Spring

Saw “The Salesman”, written and directed by Asghar Farhadi, a well-know Iranian director working inside Iran. 

My impression was that the movie took way too long to get to the point. The last half-hour was engrossing as the movie worked it’s way to the  climax. I suppose the theme was revenge vs. forgiveness, the husband taking the side of revenge, the wife forgiveness.

Farhadi also made acclaimed The Separation, which I did’t like so much, and About Elly, which I did. 

 

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Films

Watch Several Movies

Been trying to see some of  the “big” movies of the year.  List is roughly order of preference (best to worst).

  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Jackie
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Loving
  • Lion
  • Certain Women

Also saw Gimme Danger, Jarmusch’s documentary about Iggy Pop. 

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Books

Scars of Sweet Paradise – The Life and Times of Janis Joplin by Alice Echols

Typical rock star on drugs story. I wish it had focused more on the music instead of her tragic life. Amazing the harm well-meaning parents can do do a child, especially if that child is susceptible to being affected by it.

 

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William Henry Harrison – by Gail Collins

The ninth president. Died after only one month in office. Ran as an Indian War hero, notably the battle of Tippecanoe. Actually did a poor job at that battle, but did better in subsequent ones. Ran as a man of the people, but actually grew up relatively rich (sound familiar?). First candidate to openly campaign for the office.

 

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Martin Van Buren – Ted Widmer

Excellent. 

Van Buren – first president for whom English was second language. poor man, yet lost re-election to a rich man who  campaigned as the  poor man (sounds familiar).  Founder of the Democratic party. Had misfortune of having a economic depression at the beginning of his  administration. Fair to say he was rather unprincipled in regard to slavery.