Film lover with a particular soft spot towards the classics. Complete nostalgist, which means irrespective of any time period I could have lived in, I’d still romanticise the past behind me.
i am portuguese, and, when they aren't airing portuguese shows on tv, there are american shows, and that is surely one of the biggest influences of americanization, along with the hollywood movies and the cable shows like MTV and the sort. and i can't even believe how that influence can be even stronger in english-speaking countries, like australia. but sometimes i just overreact, perhaps, and in the end it may not be that horrible. --- 'mysteries of lisbon' will only be present at cannes this year, so it will probably get more distribution. it was directed by raul ruiz, one of the most innovative and exciting directors alive, in my opinion, and the way he constructed all of the interwined stories and long sequence shots into a 4 and half hour movie is still astonishing to me. if i ever find some links to download it, i'll give them to you. the camera work is just incredible!!!
after the 2nd war, the US became the biggest world power and the middle class became the most proeminent (i.e. the masses were invented), and, along with the appearance of television, i believe that is why so much personality and charm (and even innocence) has been lost, considering the influence contemporary america has in the daily lives of people all around the world. to be an european and to witness the progressive americanization of this continent is somewhat sad. ---- i like all literature from the 19th century, but the english literature is perhaps the one i like the most. i also like the french, the russian, the american, the german, the portuguese, the australian, etc etc etc. ---- there is this period movie that i always recommend, because it's one of the movies of my life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C-SpvtDXEo --- read the description.
not just that. i hardly listen to post-2nd war music (any artistic form, to be honest, like painting, etc), and hardly read post-2nd war literature as well (19th century literature being probably my favourite). i still watch post-2nd war movies, though, but i probably have a preference for the pre-2nd war movies. about foreign movies, i've seen enough of them to stop calling them "foreign". have you seen woody allen's 'radio days'? i think you'll like that.