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Lions Roar : November 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2006 112 Elements Of The Sacred Fine Art Photography By Michael Ash www.sacredelements.com SUPERB SERVICE FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTAT E NEEDS 507 WEBBER STREET • SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO (505)983-5668 • F AX: (505) 983-5734 MEMBER INDEPENDENT BROKERS NETWORK, ACOMMUNITY-BASED REAL ESTATE ALLIANCE We believe you’ll want to know us. TM SUSAN C. HARRIS BROKER, GRI, CRS For Inspiring Properties in Santa Fe For Inspiring Properties in Santa Fe We believe you’ll want to know us. Debussy, Ravel, Satie, and Strauss, collaborated (Stravinsky cre- ated the magnificent “Firebird” specifically for the Ballets Russes) and the most famous avant-garde artists—Bakst, Picasso, Dali, Matisse, and Leger among them—vied to create the curtains, costumes, and scenery. This is the story of an era when ballet was on fire and every famous artist, whatever their medium of expression, wanted to be part of it. MORO NO BRASIL, 2002, Brazil/Germany/Finland 105 min., subtitles; director: Mika Kaurismäki (elder brother of Aki Kaurismäki) Entranced by the warm, colorful rhythms of Brazil from an early age, this Finnish director was thrilled to leave the barren land- scape and aching cold of Helsinki to make a film about the music of his spiritual home. Across 4,000 kilometers, over a period of two months, he and his crew sought out the roots of samba, the oldest form of Brazilian music. The film’s myriad performances show how countless variations on the basic rhythm developed throughout the country, how the beat was influenced by the ar- rival of Africans and Europeans, and how today the music makes a direct connection to the vitality of a people’s culture. It takes us dancing in the favelas, where we can feel the strong emotion the music inspires, and it shows us how this richness of styles has influenced modern sounds, including rap and funk. Why It Matters: The director’s enthusiasm and passion for his sub- ject is irresistible. In fact, you may begin to question how passion- ate you feel about your own culture, even as you consider booking a plane ticket to Brazil—or at least purchasing a samba CD. SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY, 2005, USA/Germany 83 min.; director: Sydney Pollack This is a wonderful documentary about the world-famous Ca- nadian architect Frank Gehry (best known for his design for the Guggenheim Museum in Balboa) by his friend, filmmaker Sydney Pollack (Cold Mountain, The Quiet American, Out of Africa). Included are a wide range of interviews with patrons and peers, including conductor Esa Pekka Salonen, architect Philip Johnson, actor Dennis Hopper, promoter Bob Geldof, Hollywood studio executives Michael Eisner and Mike Ovitz, and more. The title comes from Gehry’s habit of initiating his creations as doodles on paper, then progressing to 3-D assem- blages of cardboard and tape, before the chosen few find their final incarnation on the world stage in glass and titanium. The film provides an unparalleled opportunity to watch this meta- morphosis take place. Why It Matters: The point where the architect expresses his envy for painters and laments his inability to achieve the same magi- cal level of visual effect. “Yeah, right,” says the filmmaker, as he cuts to a montage of some of his friend’s buildings, their surfaces eloquently reflecting sunlight, absorbing rain, and changing the atmosphere to uplift their neighborhood. ♦