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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
sigmund freud
Award-winning Viennese writer Robert Seethaler's bestselling novel, The Tobacconist, tackles coming of age on the eve of war and shows a sentimental side of Freud.Robert Seethaler didn’t plan to become a novelist. An established character actor on stage and screen (most recently opposite Rachel Weisz in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth), he began writing novels while studying for a degree in...
kunsthalle wien better world
A new group show at the Kunsthalle encourages us to shed our preconceptions and love the things that set us apart.The tempting possibility of a Utopia, a perfect world where we all get along and behave decently towards the planet and one another, has inspired artists, writers and even fashion designers since Sir Thomas More penned a satirical book...
Twelfth night
The Bard’s illustrious comedy of errors makes landfall in Vienna.With lust, jealousy, deception, inebriation and greed all tied up in a convoluted yet charming love story, Shakespeare’s beloved farce Twelfth Night certainly lives up to its alternate title What You Will. Leaving no human vice untapped, TNT Britain and the American Drama Group Europe make a stop on their...
Shōchiku
Societal upheaval, as shown by Japanese cinema.Influenced by the French nouvelle vague and a budding generation gap as postwar children came of age, Japanese cinema underwent tectonic changes during the late 1950s and 1960s. Facing commercial and cultural irrelevance after youth-oriented blockbusters by rivals, Shōchiku, Japan’s oldest film studio, decided to break tradition by proclaiming a “new wave” of...
the revenge of analog
The desire for real things in real time lies deep in the human psyche argues David Sax in The Revenge of Analog.Evenings, after supper, my father loved to listen to music. Gently removing a record from the sleeve, he would place it on the turntable and, equally as tenderly, place the needle carefully in the groove.  I would wait,...
queer film festival
Proudly presenting an alternative to heteronormative cinema and queer since day one, the biannual Identities Film Festival holds the rainbow torch up highProviding a soapbox for discourse on queer identity and equality between all, for ten days, the Gartenbaukino, Filmcasino and Metro Kino will serve up an expansive buffet of queer cinema of all stripes, including both mainstream and...
The Vanquished
In The Vanquished, Robert Gerwarth attempts a more nuanced look at WW1 and why the carnage didn’t end in 1918.On September 11, 1919, Gabriele D’Annunzio, one of the most brilliant Italian poets of his day and a decorated war hero, drove to Fiume in a bright red Fiat. Leading an army of 2,000 irregulars, formed ad hoc, he set...
Idyll with Drowning Dog and Madalyn
Austrian Michael Köhlmeier’s reinvention of the novel with Idyll with Drowning Dog and MadalynMichael Köhlmeier is a man of his times. One of the most respected writers of his generation in Austria, Köhlmeier is a novelist who has also played important public roles – as moderator of the leading news round table “Club 2” on ORF national television, and...
Europe Since 1989
How neoliberalism changed Central Europe in Europe Since 1989After the fall of Communism, “privatization” was the word of the day, and it seemed all of Central Europe was up for sale. In telecommunications, Deutsche Telekom invested in Hungary and Siemens in Poland; in automotive, Volkswagen took over the Czech firm Škoda, building, retooling plants near Prague and Bratislava.Five years...
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