Casey Ellis

"obscurity obsessive"
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Location: Mohegan Lake, New York United States


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L'italiana in Algeri, Larmore ~ Gioacchino Rossini
L'italiana in Algeri, Larmore ~ Gioacchino Rossini
This performance (and this opera actually) really deserve some more attention. "L'Italiana" is, in my opinion, the very essence of comedy in music. Issues that would have been serious and even verging on the tragic become simply funny here in Rossini's hands. Stendhal once wrote that this opera is as "gay as our world is not" and he was quite correct. Works of pure hunor are always exceedingly valuable particularly on religious and sexual topics. Its not that these aren't serious issues, they surely are, but everything should be laughed at now and then. It is healthy to remember how foolish we are. I shudder to think of the state of art without such works of irreverant humor and at the… Read more
Moulin Rouge (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilin&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Nicole Kidman
1.0 out of 5 stars I made a mistake., Aug. 1 2002
I hold totally to my review of this film but I made (at least) one small factual error. In the original version of this story (at least in Verdi's operatic version of it) the hero believes the heroine does not love him for a month not several years. I apologize for thiis. However, I feel that my point about changing the time the two spend apart to only a few hours still holds essentially true. Sorry again!
Cabala by Carroll & Graf Publishers
Cabala by Carroll & Graf Publishers
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book To Truly Cherish!, July 17 2002
I became aquainted with this novel shortly after reading Wilder's later and more famous novel "The Bridge of San Luis Rey". That is also well worth reading by the way. ...Initially I simply liked it but shortly before reaching the middle of the book I became 100% entranced. And I think you will too! Bur there are things that you will have to be ready for.
Basically this is a book for people who love to admire literary construction. If you are a DEVOUT Hemingway person this will not please you. Wilder writes long and descriptive paragraphs and describes his characters down to the tiniest detail. The reason I love this is because he so obviously cared about what he was writing… Read more