Garlic and Film
We spent most of today in a Sundsvall cinema watching Bernardo Bertolucci's film "1900", made in 1976. The film is 5 hours 17 minutes long and we took a lunch break between part 1 and part 2. However, I was happy to watch it, and I never felt any scene was unneeded. It stars young Robert de Niro, Gerard Depardieu, and Donald Southerland, all putting in excellent performances and showing what exceptional actors they were when young. (Arguably at least one of them went downhill as they aged!) There were a host of other excellent actors. Some of the scenes seemed to be there almost as documentary to an agricultural history, but were worth seeing. I'm fairly sure the standard phrase seen at the end of most films today "No animals were harmed in the making of this film" does not apply to this film. The pig slaughtering scene was very realistic, and an early scene involving the catching of frogs was not nice.
Since we were seeing the film at the invitation of Sundsvall's Left Party you can imagine the politics of the film. The first tag on the IMDB site for the film is "class struggle"!
My blip today is actually nothing to do with the film. As the sun rose this morning it illuminated the garlic bulb in the corner of our kitchen, and that's today's picture.