Imperative to growth.
In “My Brilliant Friend,” the two girls share the same fears, starting from the dark ages before their birth:
“We were always going toward something terrible that had existed before us yet had always been waiting for us, just us."
Elena, the more dispassionate one, equates this "enduring malaise" with the growing pains of adolescence, with the breakdown of boundaries, her word.
Lila describes the same experience as “dissolving margins,” a combined psychic and physical sensation after which people and things are never the same as they were before.
The theme is played upon again and again throughout the series as the girls come to terms with their growing objectivity and awareness of the failings of their family, friends, and neighborhood to be who they want themselves to be; where they want themselves to live.
Particularly galling are the immutable boundaries established by the patriarchal world that they must cross to satisfy their need to define themselves as women, and as women, to address the horrors--deaths, murders, social injustice, family feuds—that were their worlds.
All of us experience Lila’s ‘dissolving margins,’ Elena’s crumbling boundaries.
Author Ferrante just happens to be able to illustrate her experiences more richly than the rest of us.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
My 278th consecutive posting, committed to 5,000.
Time is 12.01am.
On Tuesday, Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 37* under mostly sunny skies.
Dinner is leftover turkey dinner.
The slow-roasted bird was wonderful.
Question of the day:
What is the Bohemian Rhapsody film?
Short Takes: City Life
New Year’s Eve
Walking to Abe and Louie’s for a most satisfying New Year’s Eve celebration.
The scenes are from the Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the beginning of Newbury Street.
Answer to the Question of the day:
What is the Bohemian Rhapsody film?
Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen.
It follows singer Freddie Mercury's life from his joining the band in 1970, to their Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
The film is a British-American joint venture produced by 20th Century Fox, New Regency, GK Films, and Queen Films, with Fox serving as distributor.
Directed by Bryan Singer, it is written by Anthony McCarten, and produced by Graham King and former Queen manager Jim Beach.
It stars Rami Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers in supporting roles.
Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor served as creative and musical consultants on the film.
Bohemian Rhapsody was announced in 2010, with Sacha Baron Cohen cast as Mercury.
After Baron Cohen left the project in 2013 following creative differences with producers, the project languished for several years before Malek was cast in November 2016.
Principal photography began in London in September 2017 with Singer as director.
In December 2017, Singer was fired for absence and clashing with the cast and crew, and Fletcher was hired to complete the film.
Singer retained sole director credit as per Directors Guild of America guidelines, while Fletcher received an executive producer credit. Filming concluded in January 2018.
The film was released in the United Kingdom on 24 October 2018 and in the United States on 2 November 2018.
The film has become a massive box office success, grossing over $749 million worldwide n a production budget of about $50 million, becoming the eighth-highest-grossing film of 2018 worldwide and the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time, as well as one of Fox's top ten highest-grossing films and one of the highest-grossing drama films.
It received mixed reviews from critics; its portrayals of Mercury's life and sexuality and of the other band members were criticized, but Malek's performance and the music sequences received praise.
The film also contains a number of historical inaccuracies.
Despite this, the film received several accolades, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Actor – Drama (Malek) at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, and also received nominations for the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best British Film and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
For his performance, Malek has received nominations for the Critics' Choice Award, BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, among others, for Best Actor.
Good morning on this Tuesday, the 15th day of January.
We talked about the world of dissolving margins in our own lives and as illustrated in “My Brilliant Friend.”
We updated our time and weather section.
We took a look at New Year’s Eve in the Boston Common and the Public Garden, and we read some interesting stuff on the film, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?
See you soon.