Movie Review “The Concert”
There’s a long tradition of satirising political evils in movies. It includes Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator”, Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or Not to Be” and Wolfgang Becker’s “Goodbye Lenin”. Now comes “The Concert”, a Russian-French co-production directed by Romanian Radu Mihaileanu. It’s the story of a Russian orchestra banned from playing during an anti-Semitic purge by the Brezhnev government 30 years ago. They get a chance to perform again by impersonating the Bolshoi Orchestra for a concert in Paris. Gary Pollard reviews it.
Parkour or freerunning is a recreational activity that some would even consider a philosophy. It involves, to put it technically, “traversing elements in both urban and rural settings.” Now two French artists have created an exhibition that they say maps the city from the perspective of the freerunner. Runscape is an installation by locally-based French artists Laurent Gutierrez and Valerie Portefaix. It features a 24-minute video featuring two runners: their son Gaspar, and a friend Yannick Ben.
Pianist Xue Xiaoqiu plays in the studio
From fast feet to fast fingers. In our studio performance pianist Xue Xiaoqiu plays for us and introduces the “Magic Fingers” of his debut album.