Cristiano de Andrè’s last stage of “Storia di un impiegato”

Authors: Lorena Ferraroli

At the last stage of the tour, Cristiano de Andrè returns in Milan, but this time in the modern and elegant location of Teatro Arcimboldi, one of the most famous in the city. On 18th December he performed for the last time all the songs from a discerning selection (published at the end of this article) that gave the name of the entire tour, called “Storia di un impiegato”.

Starting with an initial amazement for the plenty of people in there, Cristiano De Andrè often noted during the concert the aim of this
big event, not just a great and loving memory of his father Fabrizio, but
also a big message of sharing. The importance, nowadays, of sharing love, beauty and art to help the world to get better, and it’s the only way through
the sense of emptiness and misery in life. The important message that this brings is how to respect nature and live together like a community, not only just a large amount of anonymous people in cities, and how to feel good about ourselves.

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During the exhibition various pictures appear on a screen: songs of
complaints (Canzone del maggio, Sogno numero due, La bomba in testa, Nella mia ora di
libertà) accompanied with historic pictures and Bansky’s artworks of political
commitment, songs of love and social problems (Al ballo mascherato,
Verranno a chiederti il nostro amore) accompanied with pictures related to art and cinema.

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Everything processed by the talent of a multi-instrumentalist
musician like Cristiano and his great band. Conscious of the huge heritage of his father Fabrizio, Cristiano admit to feel his role of “apostle” of his father’s values, which means that these are songs not only to sing but also to “feel”, especially at the end of this profound and powerful immersive experience.

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“Storia di un impiegato” set list

  1. Intro
  2. Canzone del Maggio
  3. La bomba in testa
  4. Al ballo mascherato
  5. Sogno numero due
  6. La canzone del padre
  7. Il bombarolo
  8. Verranno a chiederti del nostro amore
  9. Nella mia ora di libertà
  10. ‘A Cimma
  11. Megu megun
  12. Don Raffaè
  13. La domenica delle salme
  14. Smisurata preghiera
  15. Khorakané
  16. Disamistade
  17. Testamento di Tito
  18. Amore che vieni
  19. Quello che non ho
  20. Fiume Sand Creek
  21. Creuza de ma
  22. Il Pescatore

 

“Singin’ in the rain”, the musical @Teatro Nazionale CheBanca!

Authors: Enrico Ubiali & Ilaria Mariani

Cover photo: http://www.teatronazionale.it

After the incredible successes of audience and critics collected in recent seasons by Flashdance – the Musical and A chorus Line, the affirmed actress and director Chiara Noschese proposes even more and comes back to perform the Legend that, this time, is named Gene Kelly.

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Author: Lorena Ferraroli

 

THE IRISHMAN

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Frank Sheeran is a World War II veteran and works as a truck driver when he meets the man of destiny, Russell Bufalino, mafia boss in Philadelphia, who sees in him the main feature of a good officer: reliability. Frank gains more and more the protection and trust of the main bosses, until one day he meets the powerful Jimmy Hoffa…

This film runs throught 25 years of American history, from 1950 to 1975, touching important storical events like the rise and fall of Kennedys.

The movie is a reunion of sorts, as DeNiro and Pesci starred in Scorsese’s acclaimed mobster movies Goodfellas and Casino. The Irishman is inspired by the book “I Heard Your Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt based on the true story of the deceptive figure of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert De Niro), the powerful labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) and the Sicilian-born American mafia boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci).

PRO: The masterful interpretation of 3 great stars of Hollywood, an engaging vintage soundtrack and the always strong and powerful direction of Martin Scorsese.

CONS: Sometimes it can seem a bit slow, lingering in the dialogues…they’re 209 minutes after all!

Recommended to: Gangster movie’s fans, ‘50s ’60 ’70 nostalgic and obviously Martin Scorsese’s admirers.

  • Directed By: Martin Scorsese
  • Written By: Steven Zaillian (screenplay) based on the Charles Brandt book “I Heard You Paint Houses.”
  • Starring: Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Romano.
  • Release Date (Italy): November 27 (Netflix)
  • Running time: 209 min

 

A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK

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The new comedy written and directed by Woody Allen tells the story of two college sweethearts, Gatsby Wells (Timothée Chalamet) and Ashleigh Enright (Elle Fanning), whose plans for a romantic weekend in New York go up in smoke as soon as they set foot in the city and their interests lead them on different paths.

Shot entirely in NYC, this movie is a new Allen’s tribute to the Big Apple, a new jazz variation on New York’s imaginary.

Bonding agent of the opera is the rain and the different idea of it. It seems that the characters were divided in two: the ones who love walking outside in the rain enjoying the atmosphere and the ones who are afraid to get wet. That becomes a metaphor of two different and apparently irreconcilable ways of living and understanding life.

PRO: Young and fresh cast directed by the old same ironic Woody with his distinctive signature and the great and fascinating NYC background.

CONS: It’s the classic romantic comedy so if you hope in some incredible twist you might find yourself in the wrong place.

Recommended to: romantic comedies’ lovers, someone who never lose the desire to dream a new adeventurous love story and obviously someone who love walking in the rain!

  • Directed By: Woody Allen
  • Written By: Woody Allen
  • Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber
  • Release Date (Italy): November 28
  • Running time: 92 min

 

LE MANS ‘66

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The plot follows a determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his British driver, Ken Miles (Christian Bale), who are dispatched by Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) and Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 24 hours of Le Mans race in France during the year 1966.

A work of adrenaline, scratching, taken from the true stories of the impulsive and impetuous driver Ken, the film turns out to be an interesting metaphor of the very current struggle between talent and marketing: is it worth more a race horse or the most tame and photographable of all?

PRO: Adrenaline and impactful action scenes, good cast and shiny reproductions of vintage cars.

CONS: Is not as incisive as it should, Damon and Bale don’t seem to connect and the soundtrack is too weak for an action movie.

Recommended to: using the words of Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt “A big, glossy crowd-pleaser of a film, high on horsepower, engine grease, and clean-sweat ‘60s masculinity.”

  • Directed By: James Mangold
  • Written By: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
  • Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone
  • Release Date (Italy): November 14
  • Running time: 152 min

 

BookCity, the book party

Author: Lisa Egman

MILAN, ITALY. Imagine a big party for authors, readers, publishers and the main characters, BOOKS. Imagine an enthusiast audience attending more than 1500 events, in 250 different places around the city and its surroundings. Now, stop imagining: this really happened during the 8th edition of BookCity, the festival every book lover waits all year long, until finally November comes.

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El Bosta, Fairuz, and Nostalgia During Uncertain Times

Author: Nada Serhan

Photo source: www.songkick.com

I couldn’t choose a song for this week. Given that I have lived and grown up half of my life in Beirut, Lebanon and I wanted to write about an Arabic song for this week, I was faced with a conundrum. With all the political and social turbulence happening there at the moment, every time I thought of a song, I felt if it were too happy I’d be ignoring what is happening now and if it were too serious, I wondered if I should include a song that cheers one up. Then I found the solution in the middle of the night as I lay awake: Nostalgia to help during uncertain times. And nostalgia equals Fairuz. Fairuz is one of the most important cultural figures in our region since the 1960’s. A true gem with a rare voice, she symbolizes us all as humans as well as citizens.

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