March 23rd, 2004

Forget Mozart, continued

I finished watching "Forget Mozart," which I discussed a bit in my previous post.

Mozart as portrayed is no Howard Roark, particularly because he seems to be a party animal engaged in frequent drunken sexual acts with women he barely knows.

But he is like Howard Roark as regards his artistic integrity, and that part of his portrayal was inspiring.

The overall tone of the movie is tragic, and the people around Mozart come off badly, even though they all recognized his talent.

As for the mystery aspect of the film, the "whodunit" question, the film wraps up its loose ends fairly well, and that's saying a lot considering the confusing number of story threads they had going.

I have no idea how much of the film is true. Probably it is a tissue of facts and wild speculations. I recommend it if you don't mind sitting through something dark and tragic that nonetheless honors real artistic genius.

Hicks and Newberry on the Future of Art

Stephen Hicks and Michael Newberry are talking on Friday April 2 in rustic Rockford, Illinois about contemporary art and what the future might hold. You can read about it at:

It should be great. The only bad thing is... I won't be able to attend. Agh.

Stephen is a philosophy professor, and a wonderful lecturer and sharp thinker. Michael is a super-talented artist with a vast knowledge of painting and his infectious enthusiasm is always a delight.

Tragic rhyme of the day:

I'm going to miss
This lecture. Boo. Hiss.