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Greek Theatre: Staging Madness and Democracy

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In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates declared that “madness which is a divine gift [. . .] conferred great benefits on Hellas”. One of those great benefits was theatre, for ancient Greece has always been hailed the mother of both Democracy and Theatre. During the 5th century BC, Athens embarked on a …

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God’s Underground Men: Discussing Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground and Scorsese’s Taxi Driver

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“I have no idea what will come of this; perhaps it will be bad art.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky to his brother Mikhail about writing Notes from Underground Question: what does a 19th century Russian novella have in common with an American new wave noir film? Answer: Nearly everything. It was …

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Franz Liszt: The Father of Progressive Music

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Atmosphere or technicality? The privilege of being drawn into a temporary, alternate state of imaginative being, or the inevitable captivity induced by elegant instrumentality, is a dilemma that baffles us as a modern day audience of music in spite of our existent ability to solve it due to the extravagant …

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Caché (2005) by Michael Haneke: The Classic to Be

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“Whatever kind of security you try to feed somebody is an illusion.” – Michael Haneke from a 2001 interview published by indiewire For obvious reasons, Michael Haneke’s Caché is said to be one of his least brutal films. Compared with his previous works, The Piano Teacher (2001) which revolved around sadomasochism, Funny …

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Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin: The Inanimate Beauty

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It is severely unfortunate that the biography of Chardin will never be privileged with distinctness and absolute clarity for the painter’s life was never captured fully. But as in his paintings, the subject matter, which in this case would be Chardin himself, is transcended by the essence and artistic value. …

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Everett Shinn: The Revolt of a Wooden Canvas

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The euphoric reward of practicing an art may at times present an opportunity to claim a rather dignified self-image; an illusory sense of superiority. Such a condition had baffled many minds that perceived it as an affront to the unspoken, artistic adjuration. A reaction was the natural impulse of those whose …

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