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Binocles per sentir poesia


Source: diaridegirona.cat.
Found By: Chrissie



Thanks to Chrissie for the find.


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Viggo Mortensen i Rafel Plana obren l'Aphònica, el festival de la Veu de Banyoles, amb el recital «Ramas para un nido»

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by Alba Carmona

Poesies pròpies, textos aliens i l'acompanyament d'un piano van ser les úniques armes que va necessitar l'actor Viggo Mortensen per clavar l'estocada i sortir ovacionat de l'auditori de l'Ateneu de Banyoles.

El nord-americà, fill d'Aragorn del Senyor dels anells i hereu d'altres personatges memorables com el mafiós rus de Promeses de l'Est, va encetar divendres el festival Aphònica amb Ramas para un nido, un espectacle nu en què la poesia recitada s'emmiralla en les melodies del piano de Rafel Plana i que havia exhaurit les entrades feia dies.

Vestit de negre de cap a peus, Mortensen va canviar l'uniforme de personatge llegendari per posar-se a la pell dels rapsodes. Descalç -va aparcar les vambes a l'escenari només d'entrar-- i amb un feix desordenat de papers a les mans, va obrir el recital entonant la lletra de Masters of War de Bob Dylan.

«Gràcies per venir en aquesta nit tan plujosa... Nosaltres gairebé no arribem! Hem patit una petita explosió d'oli quan érem a Maçanet, de camí, i hem remenat de valent el cotxe, fent tot el que no s'ha de fer, per això portem les mans ben negres... sort que la roba també!», va bromejar abans d'entrar en el seu repertori poètic, en què reflexiona sobre la quotidianitat, la violència i el mecanisme de l'escriptura. Només el va interrompre el so d'un telèfon mòbil d'un dels ocupants de les primeres files, que va rebre la reprovació mig seriosa mig irònica de l'intèrpret.

Alternant el castellà, l'anglès i el català, va anar saltant de la poesia pròpia a l'aliena, amb textos del poeta argentí Fabián Casas o Maria Mercè Marçal, a qui va manllevar El meu amor sense casa, un text que, diu, li evoca el drama dels refugiats tot i estar escrit en un altre context. El mateix li passa, va assegurar, amb la Tonada del viejo amor, una cançó popular argentina que va fer servir per tancar la vetllada.

Reclamat per un públic ple de seguidors i sobretot, seguidores -tant, que algunes anaven preparades amb binocles per veure'l de ben a prop-, va tornar a l'escenari amb Plana per fer l'apunt final. Després, va recollir el manat de fulls, les sabates i va marxar entre més aplaudiments, deixant la sensació que si hi hagués pujat a llegir el manual d'instruccions d'una rentadora, la reacció efusiva dels espectadors no hauria canviat.

© Diari de Girona. Images © diaridegirona.cat.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


Found By: Iolanthe

So this week is Eastern Promises week… Russian mobsters, tattoos, bathhouses and square haircuts. Wow – Viggo rocked this film with some amazing preparation and a big dose of bravery. Thanks to his skills, Cronenberg's taut direction and Steven Knight's great screenplay, the critics went mad for his performance as Nikolai and it all ended with Viggo's first Oscar nomination (I like saying 'first'!). Can you believe it was 10 years ago? If only there had been an EP2. Love the first quote for all kinds of reasons…





… at the risk of sounding like the proprietor of one of his countless fan pages, Viggo Mortensen is just amazing as Nikolai. He's the ideal Cronenberg anti-hero: gentle and macho at the same time, as charismatic as Steve McQueen and as beautiful as a saint in a master painting.

Dana Stevens
Slate.com
13 Sept 2007




Nikolai is an unforgettable cinematic event…

Matthew de Abaitua
Channel 4 News
18 October 2007




Mortensen is a standout as Nikolai, doing a credible accent and stripping down to a body that looks like it was carved out of a Siberian glacier.

Stephen Whitty
The Birmingham News
21 Sept 2007




Mortensen's character does the skillful cinematic equivalent of an intellectual striptease during the course of this story. Slowly, ever so slowly, bits of my first impression are stripped away, destroyed. In the end, Nikolai is nothing at all like I first imagined, and yet he is all that I imagined.

'Eastern Promises' a gripping mob thriller
Bend Weekly
Robert Hawkins
21 December 2007




No, Mortensen is not Russian, but don't even think about the problem of an accent; he digs so deeply into the role you may not recognize him at first. At a time when movie fight scenes are as routine as the dances in musicals, Nikolai engages in a fight in this film that sets the same kind of standard that The French Connection set for chases. Years from now, it will be referred to as a benchmark.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun Times
14 Sept 2007




The fight scene kicks all sorts of ass, and mock me if you will, but I don't think I blinked once.

MiraJeff
Aint it Cool News
13 Sept 2007




Viggo Mortensen, whose tightly coiled star turn recalls the magnetic work of Hollywood's greats of yore.

Todd McCarthy
Variety
8 Sept 2007




Mortensen is a glowering marvel, locating a great range of expression in impassivity, his stone face prone to compelling split-second fissures.

Indelible Ink
By Adam Nayman
Eye Weekly
30 Aug 2007




Viggo Mortensen dares you to take your eyes off of him.

Jan Stuart
Newsday
14 Sept 2007




Mortensen plays the character so strongly the movie stops being about anything or anyone else. The more we get to know him, the denser his mystery gets. His experiences soon embody the harsh truths of being a part of this underworld. It culminates in what is sure to become the most talked about scene in the film -- a hand-to-knife-in-hand struggle in a Turkish bathhouse. Mortensen foregoes bodily modesty in a raw fight scene that literally lays bare this subculture's history of violence.

Mortensen is the reason to watch this movie...

Jeffrey Chen
Realmovienews.com
15 Sept 2007




Mortensen plays this role as if he had different blood chemistry than the rest of us. Nikolai remains eerily still until he's moved to act; then he glides forth with reptilian grace. Yet something still glows at the bottom of those half-lidded eyes - enough to suggest the cobra has a soul.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe
14 Sept 2007




From the way his shoulders are set to the way he lights and smokes his cigarette, everything about Mortensen's Nikolai is convincing. Any clip from the bath house scene would make the best darned Oscar clip ever.

Daniel Feinberg
zap2it.com
23 December 2007




The visceral and gritty performance of Viggo Mortensen is like a tornado. It knocks us off our feet, and swallows us whole.

Chad Webb
411mania.com
25 Sept 2007
His performance is flat-out brilliant
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When you look into Mortensen's eyes, you're convinced that he's come to terms with the fact that he's condemned to eternal damnation and is living his life accordingly. His performance is chilling and mesmerizing, perhaps the greatest of his career.

Jake Hamilton
That movie guy Blog
10 Sept 2007




The film is easily this generations Godfather and begs for a sequel. Or at least, I will beg for a sequel. PLEASE.

Patrick Luce
Best DVDs of 2007
monstersandcritics.com
10 January 2008



You will find all previous Quotables
here.




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Your July Reminders


Categories: Calendar: Viggo



Wow! What a difference from the busy July calendar last year! Gotta LOVE the dog days of summer.


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Tonight in Banyoles


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Found By: Chrissie



Our thanks to Chrissie for surfacing these photos from the Festival Aphonica event this evening.









Images © Festival Aphonica / Silvia Susana Flores.


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