Some classic american popular songs

my car´s songs

Hotel California

Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly With His Song

Mary Hopkin – Those Were the Days 1968

America – Horse With No Name (From «Live in Central Park» DVD)

Don McLean – American Pie

California Dreamin – Mamas & The Papas

Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie

Albert Hammond – It Never Rains In Southern California

FLASHDANCE! What a Feeling

Rolling Stones – Paint It Black [British, obviously]

Billy Joel «Pianoman» Original Video

Mamas & Papas – Monday, Monday (Live, ’67)

A-Ha – Take On Me

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven Live (original)

Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (Alchemy Live)

Peter Noone – No milk today 2010 (1966)

The Carpenters – There’s a kind of hush

Irene Cara. Fame

John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air (1978)

R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts (Video)


R.E.M. Losing my religion

Eric Burdon – House of the Rising Sun

Terry Jacks – Seasons In The Sun

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Costa Gavras: Missing (1982) and State of Siege (1972)

Missing is a 1982 American drama film directed by Costa Gavras, and starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea and Charles Cioffi. It is based on the true story of American journalist Charles Horman, who disappeared in the bloody aftermath of the US-backed Chilean coup of 1973 that deposed the democratically elected socialist President Salvador Allende.
Music by Vangelis



The new York Times (1982)


Published: February 12, 1982

IN addition to making movies that galvanize the emotions in ways that can be simultaneously fascinating and infuriating, Costa-Gavras, the Greek-born, French film maker (»Z,» »The Confession»), also has a knack for stirring up publicity from the most unlikely sources.

In 1973 his »State of Siege,» which accused an official of the United States Agency for International Development of teaching torture methods to repressive right-wing regimes in Latin America, was booked into the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, for a gala showing by the American Film Institute. At the last minute the showing was canceled when someone decided that it might not be an especially appropriate film for presentation under such auspices.

Now »Missing,» Mr. Costa-Gavras’s latest film, which is about the 1973 kidnap and murder in Chile of Charles Horman, a young, Harvard-educated, counterculture journalist, is opening today at the Beekman Theater, two days after the release of a most unusual statement by the State Department. The department takes issue with a number of facts in the film and just about all of its conclusions.

It is the belief of Mr. Costa-Gavras, as well as of Thomas Hauser, the lawyer who wrote the book on which the film is based, that young Mr. Horman was executed by Chilean authorities, probably with the tacit approval of some United States representatives on the scene, because he had knowledge of United States involvement in the military coup that had overthrown the Marxist government of Dr. Salvador Allende Gossens, the Chilean Presi dent.

About the only fact not in dispute is that Mr. Horman, immediately after the coup, somehow became one of the victims of the roundup and execution of hundreds of Chilean left-wing activists and sympathizers.

Mr. Costa-Gavras seems to ask for such controversy. The film opens with a statement to the effect that »Missing» is »a true story» and that all of »the incidents and facts are documented.» If all of the incidents and facts are really documented, then it should follow that the conclusions drawn cannot be open to too much question. This is something that I think even Mr. Costa-Gavras would not say, though by the end of the film, there is certainly no doubt about what he thinks.

Further complicating these questions is that »Missing» is Mr. Costa-Gavras’s most beautifully achieved political melodrama to date, a suspense-thriller of real cinematic style, acted with immense authority by Jack Lemmon, as Charles Horman’s father, Ed Horman, and Sissy Spacek as Charles’s wife, Beth. The screenplay, by Mr. Costa-Gavras and Donald Stewart, is a model of its kind, in which Ed and Beth’s search for Charles is developed in a series of scenes that seamlessly join past and present actions into a nonstop, forwardmoving narrative.

The center of the film is the political awakening of Ed Horman, who comes to Chile to help Beth, though he suspects that Charles has gone under cover for some reason that is beyond his comprehension. »If he had stayed home,» says Ed, who is well-to-do and politically conservative, as well as a practicing Christian Scientist, »this wouldn’t have happened.»

Ed calls Charles »almost deliberately naive» for his identification with underdogs. Says the beleagured Beth, »We’re just two normal, slightly confused people trying to connect with the entire enchilada.»

Charles, played with modest simplicity by John Shea, comes to life in the flashbacks. He’s a dedicated, somewhat guilt-ridden heir to a privileged America, a young man who reads »The Little Prince» for literary inspiration and whose optimism is unshakable. If not deliberately naive, he’s the kind of unsophisticated saint one always wants to believe in.

Ed and Beth’s search for Charles involves a succession of chilling encounters with politely patronizing United States embassy and consular officials, as well as with members of the Chilean Government. The major villains are vaguely identified United States military people, especially a Capt. Ray Tower (Charles Cioffi), who befriends Charles, and a young American woman named Terry Simon (Melanie Mayron), when the two are marooned in the resort town of Vina del Mar during the coup, unable to return to Santiago.

If »Missing» were only an inventory of the details of Charles’s life and disappearance, it wouldn’t have the terrific emotional impact that it has. Mr. Lemmon and Miss Spacek are superb, however, and their increasing respect and fondness for each other as the story unfolds gives »Missing» an agonizing reality.

Mr. Costa-Gavras also knows Chile, where he filmed »State of Siege» during the Allende regime – »Missing» was shot in Mexico – and he is particularly successful in evoking the looks, sounds and feelings of a society in upheaval.

There’s a stunning sequence in Santiago when Beth, unable to get home before curfew, spends an endless night hiding in an alley, hearing in the distance gunfire and other sounds not easily identified. At one point a terrified white horse goes galloping down an otherwise deserted street, pursued by soldiers firing random shots from a speeding jeep. In this sequence as elsewhere, the camera work by Ricardo Aronovich is very fine indeed.

Whether or not its facts are verifiable, »Missing» documents, in a most moving way, the raising of the political consciousness of Ed Horman who has, until this devastating experience, always believed in the sanctity of his government and accepted its actions and policies without question. Among other things »Missing» does is to convince you that, next time, you’re not going to waste your vote. The passive citizen is the citizen-victim.

In view of the film’s opening contention of being a true story, the care that Mr. Costa-Gavras takes not ever to identify Chile by name is a bit disingenuous. The cities are clearly named and identified. Also a bit disingenuous is the way the film never bothers to give a good answer to the question of why the Chilean – and possibly the American – authorities found it necessary to liquidate Charles Horman while allowing the safe departure from Chile of Terry Simon. Terry, after all, is privy to all the supposedly damaging information Charles gathered in Vina del Mar.

These are valid questions to raise about a film that is so fine that one wants it to be above reproach.

»Missing,» which has been rated PG (»parental guidance suggested»), contains several harrowing scenes of violence, as well as a s equence in a Santiago morgue that could inspire nightmares in adults as easily as in the very young.

A Parade of Why’s

MISSING, directed by Costa-Gavras; screenplay by Mr. Costa-Gavras an d Donald Stewart; director of photography, Ricardo Aronovich; f ilm editor, Fran,coise Bonnot; music by Vangelis; produced by Edward Lewis and Mildred Lewis; released by Universal Pictures. At the Beek- man, 65th Street and Second Avenue. Running time: 122 minutes. This film is rated PG.

Ed Horman . . . . . Jack Lemmon

Beth Horman . . . . . Sissy Spacek

Terry Simon . . . . . Melanie Mayron

Charles Horman . . . . . John Shea

Capt. Ray Tower . . . . . Charles Cioffi

Consul Phil Putnam . . . . . David Clennon

United States Ambassador . . . . . Richard Venture

Col. Sean Patrick . . . . . Jerry Hardin

Carter Babcock . . . . . Richard Bradford

Frank Teruggi . . . . . Joe Regalbuto

David Holloway . . . . . Keith Szarabajka

David McGeary . . . . . John Doolittle

Kate Newman . . . . . Janice Rule

Congressman . . . . . Ward Costello

Maria . . . . . Tina Romero

Statesman . . . . . Richard Whiting

Photo: photo of Jack Lemmon in »Missing»

State of Siege (French title: État de Siège)
is a 1972 French film directed by Costa Gavras starring Yves Montand and Renato Salvatori.

«Digo lo que se me da la realísima gana, y se acabó»

“Soy odiado por los altos prelados de la Argentina, que me consideran un zurdo, un izquierdista, un comunista. Y los comunistas me consideran un reaccionario, porque hablo de Cristo y porque hablo que la vida es sagrada, y la muerte es misteriosa y también sagrada… Y bueno, yo digo lo que se me da la realísima gana, y se acabó”.

Ernesto Sábato, entrevista oral.

La scommessa delle Americhe.

Il futuro dell’America Latina.

«La scommessa delle Americhe. Viaggio nel futuro dell’America Latina: bandiere rosse, bandiere rosa» 2007
di Maurizio Chierici

La scommessa delle Americhe. Viaggio nel futuro dell’America Latina: bandiere rosse, bandiere rosa

Maurizio Chierici (Author)

La scommessa delle Americhe. Viaggio nel futuro dell'America Latina: bandiere rosse, bandiere rosa
In America Latina sembra finito il sonno tormentato dagli incubi. Dopo le elezioni del 2006 le bandiere sono cambiate ma l’adolescenza della democrazia non ha sciolto le sue inquietudini. Continua la ricerca di un’identità che è stata definita da elezioni per la prima volta trasparenti: passo importante, ma solo un passo. Il merito è delle società che stanno cambiando: si affacciano nuovi protagonisti e movimenti comunitari, presenze inedite delle quali è ancora impossibile valutare il peso politico perché l’assenza degli Stati Uniti, distratti dalla dottrina Bush, non permette di individuare il futuro con ragionevole approssimazione.Quel sonno tormentato dagli incubi sembra finito. L’America Latina si sveglia e volta pagina. Dopo le elezioni del 2006 le bandiere sono cambiate ma l’adolescenza della democrazia non ha sciolto le sue inquietudini. Confermano le tendenze i paesi dai governi consolidati a destra e a sinistra – Brasile, Venezuela e Colombia -, mentre la realtà resta incerta in Ecuador e in Nicaragua. Messico e Perù sono in bilico tra immobilità ed evoluzione: annuncia instabilità la differenza impalpabile dei voti, che risentono dello sfinimento delle forze al potere. La destra messicana è condizionata dalle tragedie sociali che il neoliberismo continua ad aggravare e il nuovo presidente Calderón ripropone un paese latino ma anche nordamericano, vicino agli Stati Uniti nel barocco della cultura spagnola; doppio profilo tra convenienze che non sempre coincidono e i problemi che continuano. Il ritorno in Perù di Alan Garcìa tradisce le ambiguità che lo hanno costretto all’esilio; rieccolo con le promesse – fragili, fuori tempo – di una socialdemocrazia ispirata ai fallimenti dei suoi anni Ottanta. Intanto continua la ricerca di un’identità che è stata definita da elezioni per la prima volta trasparenti: passo importante, ma solo un passo. Il merito è delle società che stanno cambiando: si affacciano nuovi protagonisti e movimenti comunitari, presenze inedite delle quali è ancora impossibile valutare il peso politico perché l’assenza degli Stati Uniti, distratti dalla dottrina Bush, non permette di individuare il futuro con ragionevole approssimazione. Se tornano, cosa succede? L’ottimismo dello scrittore uruguayano Jorge Majfud, molto amato e premiato negli Stati Uniti dove insegna Letteratura spagnola all’Università della Georgia, alleggerisce la contrapposizione, ricordando l’ammirazione per gli Stati Uniti, nazione dove trovavano rifugio gli animatori del risorgimento antispagnolo. Nel 1897 la colonia stava svanendo e il sentimento per la «patria umiliata» si aggrappava all’esempio della democrazia di Washington, ma il Novecento rovescia gli umori: i Latini dimenticano le sofferenze dell’impero di Madrid e riscoprono «l’ispanità», pur rifiutando il conservatorismo autoritario franchista, mentre gli intellettuali diffidano ma non diffidano i governanti e la Chiesa ufficiale. La delusione dell’essere passati dalla vecchia colonia alla colonia ricomposta nell’«impero americano» riaccende la rivolta, che nel giudizio di Majfud è destinata a spegnersi: «Il XXI secolo risolverà il tragico conflitto tra l’antica democrazia rappresentativa, che tutela gli interessi delle classi e delle nazioni, e la nascente democrazia diretta, effetto della radicalizzazione, conseguenza di emarginazioni lasciate degenerare e ormai organizzate in strutture interculturali. A metà del nostro secolo la superpotenza sparirà, lasciando posto a contenitori geopolitici nei quali progressivamente confluiranno popoli e nuovi protagonisti. Ciò porterà a una diminuzione degli squilibri sociali, quindi delle incomprensioni che dividono le nazioni. Nell’America Latina unita cambieranno i sentimenti ostili verso gli Stati Uniti a partire dal 2030».

La lengua de las mariposas

La casa de Bernarda Alba


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La lengua de las mariposas


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