As the years go by finds of
'new' films set in Venice get fewer and further between. When
they crop up they usually have titles that don't have the
words 'Venice' or 'Venetian' in them, to explain their
slipping through the net for so long. Which is the case with
Le Cadeau, which became Bankers also have Souls
in the US and was never released in the UK. It stars Pierre
Mondy, a French comedy actor whose fame hasn't travelled well,
as a bank employee who gets given call-girl Claudia Cardinale
as a retirement gift. He doesn't realise, of course, thinks
she's just attracted to him, and all sorts of hilarious
misunderstanding ensues, we're told. I don't feel massively
drawn to it but I promise I will watch it and report.
Also the reviewables I mentioned on 29.2 have been beamed
across now and are safely on my Kindle, and so stay tuned for
reviews of them too.
Padua & Venice
Brescia, Bergamo & Monza
The Trip Report
Off to Brescia
tomorrow, flying to Milan at the crack of dawn, literally - a
6.25 flight fergawdsake! I'm back Sunday night, so (fingers
crossed) expect gory details and lovely photos next week. The
Rome-trip gout-afflicted toe is now almost utterly pain-free
and the cold has settled into an occasional annoying cough.
Improved health and the Spring beckon!
(For those whose first language
isn't cockney I may need to begin by pointing out that 'dodgy'
is, where I come from, a euphemism for 'illegal'.) So, having
told you a while back that I'd had no luck acquiring a review
copy of the new Donna Leon you may be perplexed to notice that a
review has appeared. This is due to my having found a dodgy
download. And the review copies I mentioned on 29.2 looked to
be in the bag but the publisher's press person, after
confirming that I would accept e-books, has gone all silent
on me. I'm not holding my breath, and advise you to respirate
as usual too.
As Spring slowly approaches so
does the prospect of the publication of the new Brunetti from
Donna Leon. I managed to get a rare review copy last year, but
of the two PR people involved one's email bounces back as
non-existent and the other has not replied. And trying to find
the person now responsible for William Heinemann press by
working through the divisions and levels of the
PenguinRandomHouse Megacorp hurt my brain and proved
fruitless. But I've just placed a reserve with my local
If you've ever had your
interest tweaked by my page devoted to
Constance Fenimore Woolson
and Henry James in Venice you might be interested in the
just-published Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a
Lady Novelist by Anne Boyd Rioux. Ms Rioux has also edited
a new volume of CFW's stories just out, called Miss Grief
and Other Stories.
for my Trip Report