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Definitely best movie this year


(It’s easy for me to say “definitely” since I don’t remember anything earlier than one month)

Crazy Spanish movie.

Maybe some things, characters feel like reused, but nevertheless, great fun watching.

Almodovar: Volver

We leave the cinema and I share my feeling that the movie was light and optimistic.

– Light and optimistic?

Magda is a bit shocked by this statement.

– Rapes, incest, murders, and you find it light and optimistic?

– Well, relatively speaking, I find it optimistic, compared to previous movies of his, besides it ends quite well, if you disregard the back-story, no?

And the next day I watch Polish “Plac Zbawiciela” and I feel reassured that Volver was optimistic.


As a first comment after watching the movie on Friday?s night I have to say that, unsurprisingly, I developed an urge to read In cold blood as a natural follow-up to the film. One excerpt from the book, which was also used in the movie, sets the background for the story:

?Until one morning in mid-November of 1959, few Americans – in fact, few Kansans – had ever heard of Holcomb. Like the waters of river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there.”

I was still wondering how can I get my hands on the original English version of the book here in Poland, when today I found that New Yorker is reprinting the first part of the book here; In cold blood was originally published as a serial in this magazine.

If you are fascinated by how exceptional intelligence can manifest itself you will inevitably be attracted by the personality of the book?s author Truman Capote, even if you disregard this anecdote from Wikipedia:

Capote attended the Trinity School where he was given an IQ test as an entrance exam, and he scored 215, the highest in the school’s history.

Internet reveals plenty more resources on the tragedy, among which most peculiar are: the online grave of one of the victims, 16 year old Nancy Clutter, with more than 300 condolences and virtual flowers; a number of original photos of Truman Capote, some of which strikingly similar to his movie equivalent; and lastly, pictures of places where all the involved are buried – the family that was murdered, the murderers, the genius, but extravagant writer – all now peaceful, reduced to just the names on the tombstones.