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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Unearthly Science in Suspiria, May 7 2004
Argento has a talent for inserting subtle clues in his movies (maybe the best example being the initial scene in Deep Red). In Suspiria he inserts at least two intriguing clues, by willingly subverting science, as a way to alert us to the presence of unearthly evil. Just a few seconds before the scene in which maggots fall from the ceiling, we see some water draining from a sink, and rotating clockwise. This contradicts the myth (if not the reality) of the fact that in the upper emisphere the Coriolis force would impose a counterclockwise rotation (...). It seems to me that the deliberate choice of rotation in the sink is not casual, but rather a clue that Argento is giving us that 'not all is well' in the school. A second clue comes towards the end of the movie, when we see water spurting from in a gutter, in an apparent violation of basic principles of pressure. Once again, this violation of physics occurs just a few seconds before the horror begins. I am not a fan of this particular movie (though it is quite rich in atmosphere, and the use of color from the very beginning is intriguing), but I did found these subtle uses of science to be interesting.









1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
Still a great classic, April 23 2004
After thirty years from its original appearance in 1975, Profondo Rosso (as Deep Red is titled in Italian) is still an exciting movie to watch. Unlike many of Argento's subsequent movies, Deep Red's plot is very well constructed, and the careful viewer (well...the VERY careful viewer) can pick up at least two crucial clues. The first, in the very first minutes of the movie, is central to the plot, but it is very easy to miss. It makes for a nice challenge to the first time viewer. Deep Red marks, in my opinion, the highest level of Argento's work. The atmosphere of the movie is greatly enhanced by the first collaboration of Argento with the musical group Goblin. A great soundtrack. I saw this movie first when I was a young student. Now,I saw it again to keep me company during my weekly long run on the treadmill. It made the run exciting, and time just flew!









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A masterpiece, Nov. 14 2003
A striking movie rendition of the classic tale of Faust. The story is set in contemporary Prague, in the typical Svankmejer's mixture of animation and real actors. The twist on a classical story is haunting, and the way in which the story itself develops makes for an unforgettable experience. It is a real pleasure to discover that many of the (apparently irrelevant) details you see in the first few minutes become significant as the story evolves. The conclusion brings everything together in a rather surprising fashion. As a fan of Svankmejer, I think this is probably his best work. This review is based on the DVD version.









5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny and inspiring, March 18 2002
Unlike most mountaineering books, I found this book filled with a great sense of humor. It is impossible to read about Frank Wells and not desire to have met him. His relationship with Dick Bass reminded me of "The Odd Couple", and their humorous adventures propel the reader throughout the book (the best is the 'almost frostbite' on Denali). But these two guys are also inspiring and it is hard to put down the book and not want to tackle those summits!









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Excellent guide., March 17 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Secor's guide. I read it before climbing Aconcagua and when I was on the mountain I felt as if I had already been there because of the accurate description in the book. The book has also good general advice on equipment, guides, weather, and acclimatization. Definitely a good companion for a wonderful adventure.









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The new face of Clifford Analysis, June 22 2001
In this second volume of the Proceedings of the Ixtapa Conference on Clifford Algebras and Their Applications to Mathematical Physics, the editors have collected papers which reflect the latest developments in Clifford Analysis. It is fair to say that the authors of the contributions are virtually all the important names in the field, and the picture that the volume presents of Clifford Analysis indicates the vitality of the topic. Maybe the most important thing in this volume (what I called the "new face" of Clifford Analysis) is the clear sense that Clifford Analysis is now used as a powerful tool to solve classical problems which the standards tools from the analysis in Euclidean spaces could not solve. This evolution from a discipline concerned with its own (quite interesting) internal problems, to a discipline capable of addressing outstanding issues in geometry and analysis is the product of the work of many of the contributors to these Proceedings. The volume is divided in four sections. The first deals with partial differential equations and boundary value problems. I particularly appreciated the survey work on the study of Beltrami type equations in three dimensions. The second section deals with Singular Integral Operators, the third offers some important Applications to Geometry and Physics, and the volume concludes with a section on Mobius Transformations and Monogenic Functions. I have found the papers of great interest because they not only address important and difficult problems, but also provide the reader with a wide variety of new issues to deal with. The majority of the papers is rather technical, and probably only accessible to the specialist, but a few of them (including the one on Beltrami equations I mentioned before) provide a sense of the state of the art, which is of great help to the analyst or the geometer who wishes to enter this beautiful branch of mathematics.


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