● Grab the book closest to you. Now. Don’t go looking for your favourite book, or the coolest one you have — just grab the closest one.
● Go to page 56.
● Find the 5th sentence.
● Write that sentence in the comments of this post.
In all the time I listened to Pink Floyd’s The Wall, which asks the question, “Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?,” I never bothered to look around for Vera Lynn. Until now. Here she is singing a song that will be familiar to anyone who listened to The Wall ten thousand times when they were a teenager.
Jean de Florette was originally 4 hours long. Instead of cutting essential scenes, the director, Claude Berri, split off the second half and called it Manon of the Spring (a.k.a. Jean de Florette – Part 2). But he didn’t have to. Anyone who watches the first part of the story will want to go on to the second part immediately. Fans of Cinema Paradiso or Antonia’s Line will love it. I can’t say much more without giving it away, but it is a gorgeous film, full of engaging characters and a story that builds in its intensity and doesn’t let up until the very last scene. I wanted to go back to the beginning and watch it all over again as soon as it was finished. (Read the reviews I’ve linked to if you want to know the story, but don’t read too much. It’s best to go in just knowing you’re going to see a wonderful film.)