Spanning the three decades between the 1920′s and 1950′s…

World Tour
…when travel was indeed glamorous, Gaston-Louis Vuitton collected hotel publicity stickers–which unfortunately no longer exist in our modern, wired, digital world–along with travel photographs and vintage postcards.  Acclaimed travel writer Francisca Matteoli has done the famed grandson of Louis Vitton himself justice and produced a stunning collection of those items in World Tour: Vintage Hotel Labels from the Collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton.  The book is a must for those who love travel or who crave brilliantly designed tomes.  To continue reading the Media page, click here.

With a near hallucinatory-like quality…

Image…and a beautiful soundtrack to match, Before Night Falls is brilliantly directed by artist Julian Schnabel.  Chronicling the life of author and poet Reinaldo Arenas, the film follows his life as a child and young man in revolutionary Cuba; his persecution as an artist by a paranoid and increasingly violent government; his escape to the United States during the Mariel boatlift; and his tragic AIDES-related death in NYC in 1990. Spanish actor Javier Bardem earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Arenas in a performance that is subtle, tender, savagely funny at times, and ultimately heartbreaking.  He earned raves, along with another Oscar nomination for the 2009 film Biutiful, and more recently as the villain Raoul Silva in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, but its his performance as Arenas where he soars.  Sean Penn makes a cameo (he is almost unrecognizable when he first appears) as does Johnny Depp who portrays not one but two different characters.  Although the film is available on DVD, there is momentum building for Criterion to lend their film restoration and packaging expertise in releasing the film on Blu-ray.  To continue reading the Cinema page, click here.

An atmosphere of unease and mistaken identity…

Image…permeates René Clément’s classic 1960 film “Plein Soleil,” or Purple Noon, which has finally been remastered with a new digital transfer and repackaged on Blu-ray by The Criterion Collection.

The ever-so-cool Alain Delon stars as the original Tom Ripley, an imposter with sinister intentions, in this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”  Rarely has murder and mistaken identity looked so beautifully intoxicating and seductive in the sun-soaked Italian coastlines.  Rarely has murder and mistaken identity looked so beautiful in the sun-soaked Italian coastlines.  To continue reading the Cinema page, click here.