When I was a bit younger, I used to go to antique books stores and buy some. I was lucky to buy a 1936 edition of “Anna Karenina”. The book itself is in quite poor condition, but the pages with text and pictures are okay. Just take a look at all the illustrations it has inside. If you’re interested in buying this book – please contact me on facebook.
Yesterday I finished reading novel “Belle de Jour” by Joseph Kessel, which turned out to be a story about young married woman with depressed sexual desires, who got into big troubles. Then I decided to watch the 1967 screen version featuring french superstar Catherine Deneuve. Certainly, the film isn’t that strong as the novel. The plot was changed, because in the novel the story took place in 1920′s and it was adapted to the 1960′s. We don’t see Deneuve fully naked, but there were some risky “almost nude” scenes, which were quite exciting for those times, I guess. Overall, in this film we have great acting and poor scripting.
To see 33 snapshots from the movie you may visit my facebook album “Belle de Jour” (1967) or click “Read more” here in this post.
Original version of “Belle de Jour” with english subtitles is also available to watch online for free on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpy0lYnWqnQ
I read a lot, comparing to most of the people that I know. I read classics. And I do that in subway. I spend 2 hours a day 5 days a week underground travelling from home to work and back, and I use this time to read my books. I prefer printed ones.
Last week I’ve finished reading “Heptameron” by Marguerite de Navarre and today on my way back home – 2 plays by Lope de Vega – “The Dancing Master” and “Fuenteovejuna”. “Heptameron” is a collection of short stories from 16th century, “The Dancing Master” is a nice play about love and intrigues. “Funteovejuna” really caught my attention, I like when the text makes me feel something and makes me thinking. I would like to see it on stage.
Other books to read this month are: “Belle de Jour” by Joseph Kessel, “Cruel Tales” by Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, “Poetic Edda” and “Red Cavalry” by Isaak Babel.