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Friday, December 14, 2018

F for Film

The 56th Viennale promises a more international direction under its first female head In 1991, Philippe Petit, infamous for tightrope walking between Manhattan’s Twin Towers, crossed high in the air from the Apollo Kino to a neighboring WWII anti-aircraft tower. It was a brilliant stunt cooked up by the then Viennale co-director Werner Herzog, to bring an appreciation of “Cinema...
Austrians like to show off their serious appreciation of classical music. But if you want them to erupt into joyful singing, you’ve got to play them some Austropop. And you may learn some Dialekt, too It was two o’clock on a Friday morning. I’d followed a herd of colleagues to Bettelalm: a sweaty underground cavern that has no business in Vienna’s genteel...
Take a closer look at Claude Monet's impressive collections at the Albertina, and celebrate up-and-coming local and international art at the Vienna Design Week Claude Monet Exhibition Dive into the effervescent, shimmering world of the father of impressionism Claude Monet and his fellow impressionists may be household names now, but in the late 19th century, they painstakingly plowed their own furrows against...
The 1970s pop icons are reunited and on tour at Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra, and up-and-coming tour Vienna’s most storied venues at the Waves Festival Here are two events no music lover should miss this summer: Electric Light Orchestra Nearly as iconic to the 1970s as bell bottoms, platform shoes and mullet hairstyles, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and their quirky...
Bombshell recounts the life of Hedy Lamarr: Austrian émigré, Hollywood diva – and inventor. "Any girl can look glamorous, aLL she has to do is stand still and look stupid.” The opening quote of the documentary Bombshell The Hedy Lamarr Story neatly sums up how the diva felt about her claim to fame. Considered one of the most beautiful women of her time,...
Three Israelis return to the land of their ancestors, confronting the specters of the past and challenges of the present How to live in a country that tried to kill your grandparents? And can you be friends with someone whose forebears were the executioners? An Austro-German-Israeli co-production, Back to the Fatherland poses these questions and gives gut-wrenching and heartening answers as...
Nearly 30 years in the making, director Terry Gilliam finally realizes his passion project in his new film Famous for his single-minded determination and uncompromising creative integrity, legendary director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 12 Monkeys) is not one to back down, but his attempt to bring Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved picaresque novel to life would have tested anyone. ©...
In Rebel Modernists, Liane Lefaivre traces 120 years of Viennese design since Otto Wagner. Urban design has a long and distinguished history in Vienna. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, it has repeatedly produced beyond its size and been a front-runner in progressive architecture for well over a century. And that, argues Professor Ordinarius at the...
How the US Army helped preserve the famed Lipizzaners in the final days of WWII Weeks from the end of the Second World War, a rogue unit of the American Army slipped across the lines into the Sudetenland on a clandestine mission to a secluded horse farm. For housed at Hostau – today Hostouň in Czechia – were not just...
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