Ireland’s Lost Babies

martin+sixsmithI made a brief foray into Irish history, with a review of the BBC documentary Ireland’s Lost Babies for the Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, available to read here.

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The Great Beauty: Reflections on Berlusconi’s Rome?

UnknownI went to see La Grande Bellezza a couple of weeks ago, and meant to put up the review much sooner than this. Seeing that the film has just been chosen by Italy as the national candidate for Best Language Film at the 2014 Oscars, I figured it was still sort of timely.

After I’d seen the film, I remember leaving the cinema thinking that I liked it, even though I wasn’t entirely sure why. The film is a loud, sprawling epic about Rome, and Italy, with barely any plot; in a device that echoed Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, it follows Gep, an ageing writer who no longer writes, as he wanders around his city. read more