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Daily Archives: February 9, 2016

A quintessential American music icon, Bruce Springsteen is associated with a great many aspects of American culture – support for veterans, economic populism, the freedom of the road, romanticism leavened by fatalism. In addition to these characteristics that define his music, Springsteen’s lyrics rely heavily on cinematic techniques. His songs are populated with characters in narrative situations, as many of… Read more »

09 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Maggie Cheung Man Yuk, as is her complete name, was born in Hong Kong by Shanghainese parents, who moved to the United Kingdom when she was eight. She returned to Hong Kong at the age of 18, and became a model. In the next year, she entered the Miss Hong Kong pageant and won the first runner-up. She started her… Read more »

09 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Andrei Tarkovsky was born to Arseny Tarkovsky, a poet, and Maria Vishnyakova, a well-educated literary woman, in 1932 Soviet Russia. His life would be one of poetic vision and his father’s interests would influence his private life and his films. He attended school alongside poet Andrey Voznesensky, and he studied piano, art, and ultimately filmmaking. In film school, Andrei’s first… Read more »

09 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Takeshi Kitano has built a cinematic career as diverse and rich as his personality. Starting as a stage comedian, back in the seventies, the multifaceted artist slowly and steadily established his charismatic persona in Japan. Spreading his humour through the television, he was recognised as one of the country’s most prominent comedians long before entering the world of cinema and… Read more »

09 February 2016 | Features, Other Lists