by guest writer
Ivan’s Childhood (1962) was Andrei Tarkovsky’s second feature, even though he did direct two shorts at the beginning of his career in the late 50’s. Having seen this movie only two times until now, I have to say I am eager to watch it again soon. Probably the film should be considered the best WWII moment caught on celluloid. It stands the test of time and it will never lose its grip upon tragedies created by the conflagration. Perhaps the most striking element is Kolya Burlyayev’s interpretation of Ivan, as a 12 year old boy adventuring through the enemy lines to gather intelligence.
The images captured by cinematographer Vadim Yusov form a visual poetry rarely seen in film. The camera’s expressionistic feel is an omnipresent voice and gives the movie the authenticity required by such realistic subjects. One more leitmotif is central to film: the dreams or the past-present-future boundary. Such an artistic accomplishment couldn’t be achieved by any other director, in the sense that it surpasses the subconscious with such easiness opening doors that we never thought existed. The beginning shots are in great harmony with the ending shots, simply composed as a sort of communion between what was lost and what was gained. Beautiful, overwhelming!
photo: still from the film / credit: Mosfilm
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
It definitely got crisp in town. As much as I love summer, living in a climate that usually means sweltering weather in summer, forcing you to avoid spending time outside because of the blazing sun, autumn comes as a breath of fresh air. It’s time for tweeds and herringbone and houndstooth, for all the shades of brown and for all that array of accessories that make fall fashion so rich and classy. Have you noticed how strikingly blue the sky is on a clear autumn day? I’m wishing for a long autumn to enjoy all the outdoor activities the season calls for. Have a wonderful weekend!
photos: 1,12-Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Paris November 2012, model Kendra Spears (12-edited by me) / 2,3,7,8,14,16-We Are The Rhoads / 4-Ralph Lauren Tweed Run, Park & Cube / 5-source unknown / 6-Pottery Barn / 9-Ann Street Studio / 10-by me / 11-Oliver Peoples / 13-Ali Harper photography / 15-Ralph Lauren / 17-RL Rugby ad campaign
Here are my latest finds and news from style, fashion, design and beautiful living.
• Maybe it’s because I’m enjoying fall so far and these evoke that perfect autumn feeling, or maybe it’s because old school fashion illustration is so beautiful, but the fact is that I am thinking of buying one of these vintage Hermès prints to frame and put on one of the shelves in my home office.
• Without a face: a series of works created by Erik Madigan Heck, focusing on the back of the garments, erasing the face, and offering a different perspective on the standard fashion shoot. “So much of what we see today is concerned with the face — with celebrity, with the politics of a person and their endorsement. I wanted to refocus our attention on the most basic elements of what I believe fashion and art are truly concerned with — color, form, texture, and seeing into a space beyond ourselves. For me, fashion is merely another mode to understand our relationship with beauty’s transcendent qualities.”
• John Galliano interviews Peter Lindbergh for the September issue of Interview Magazine
• Franca Sozzani, a Citizen of Humanity
• Have you seen all these Chanel videos? I hadn’t until yesterday and they continue to fascinate me, they so beautisully recount the story of Coco Chanel.
• Earlier this week I leafed through the book Sharp Suits in a bookstore and although I settled for some literature instead (Oscar Wilde, Ford Madox Ford and Turgeniev if you care to know), it certainly made it to my wish-list, because I simply can not resist a good coffee table style book.
• I want this entrance for my home
• Advice to follow: even one minute workouts can benefit your health
photos: 1,2-Bernard Blossac illustrations / 3-René Bouët-Willaumez illustration / 4-Raymond Brénot illustration, all via Hprints.com / 5-8: Erik Madigan Heck, via The Cut
photo: Ugo Richard for Madame Figaro, September 2013