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A new novel telling the story of the life of Filippo Lippi, called The Painter of Souls, by an author whose previous - also Florence-set - novel I liked a lot, Philip Kazan, and it's been out since the 16th of July! I'm slacking, but expect a review before too long. I don't anticipate it will surpass Linda Proud's A Gift for the Magus, but that one was special.
A film which has more than a hint of the fantastical and stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly and Shirley Henderson has got to be worthy of our attention. Add to that Tuscan and Apulian settings, including some Florence scenes and I'm definitely interested. It's called Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti), it premiered at Cannes and is the first English-language film by Matteo Garrone, who wrote and directed Gomorrah. It's not out in the UK until next March but there are some downloads knocking around already. It looks weird, but early reviews suggest it's not wonderful.
I don't think I've made any secret of the fact that for a while now my reading and visits have reflected an attitude towards Venice that can best be described as 'getting a broader perspective'. But, whilst I'm still of the opinion that there's much more to life, literature and art appreciation than that which Venice contains and inspires, I am spending a week there in September so expect a fair bit more content devoted to a city we all rank near the top.
Sometimes it takes news as mind-boggling as the fact that a church you've never been in in Venice is currently open, and hosting an art installation comprising ranks of fridges, to make you realise you've got to get yourself there, soon. Sadly said exhibition ends today, but I'm booked and going anyway, in mid- September. There are other churches specially open, and five new rooms in the Accademia too, you see.
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