“Barry Lyndon” by Stanley Kubrick

Burning Like Ice

In this day and age of fast-paced living, why would you want to spend three hours on an adaptation of a Thackeray novel? What can you learn from the protagonist and the other characters, those bewigged puppets? What can they tell you in their quaint eighteenth-century English? Read More →

Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital

In a Class of His Own

He gives only about sixty recitals a year. In 1995, he stopped making studio recordings. He refused to perform in the U.K. in protest against its strict visa requirements for Russian citizens. Due to insufficient rehearsal time, he doesn’t play with orchestras. And he seldom gives interviews. Read More →

“True Confessions” by Ulu Grosbard


Technically, diamond-cutting is the practice of turning a rough stone into a precious gem. It requires skill, patience and precision in equal measure. Before moving to the U.S. in 1948, Belgian-born stage and film director Ulu Grosbard worked as a diamond-cutter in Havana. In 1981, he produced a gem of a movie.  Read More →