Sunday, February 21, 2010

"A Serious Man" at Pathe Tuschinski

Last Thursday afternoon I met a friend at Tuschinski movie theather. Ajax's supporters - and police agents - were everywhere, and the traffic a bit confusing. We had decided to go to Tuschinski because it has recently gone through renovations and the session was convenient for both of us.
The architectural style is a mix of Amsterdam School, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Everything, from the façade to the interiors, give you a sense of fantasy, ilusion and dream. It dates from 1921 and is a true jewel right in the center of the city. It was originally exploited by Abraham Icek Tuschinski a Dutch businessman of Jewish-Polish origins who was murdered in Auschiwtz.

Shall we peek inside ? And then I tell you briefly about A Serious Man.
Ceiling, detail. The colors are always changing.


Above: reception. Below: some of the many lamps in the corridors.


Above: entree hall.
There are lamps in all forms and shapes: mushrooms, insects; Chinese and oriental style. They help setting a magic tone.
Above: corridor, detail.

Larry's neighbour shakes his libido
Minnesota, 1967. Two weeks before his son's Bar Mitzvah the world of physics professor Larry Gopnick starts to fall apart. Everyone is rebelling and he gets shit from everywhere. This is a gentle, good, honest man. Too gentle. Too good. Too honest. Too, ahn... stuck. Time to get serious, Larry !
(I found this a very jewish movie, and I left the theatre room with a lot of questions and no easy answers.)
Is Larry bedeviled ? 'Cause... All the truth is found to be lies and all the joy within him dies.
Poor Larry.



Jefferson Airplane » Don't You Want Somebody To Love?

When the truth is found to be lies
And all the joy within you dies
Don't you want somebody to love ?
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

When the garden flowers baby are dead yes
And your mind is full of red

Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

Your eyes, I say your eyes may look like his
But in your head baby I'm afraid you don't know where it is

Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

Tears are running ah running down your breast
And your friends baby they treat you like a guest

Don't you want somebody to love
Don't you need somebody to love
Wouldn't you love somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

8 comments:

Pinay in Dutchland said...

This has got to be the most beautiful movie theater I've ever seen. Got to check it out. Thanks for the info Anita.

Presépio no Canal said...

Beautiful!

Lizzy said...

I love that theater, but I never knew the story behind it. Thanks for sharing and your pictures are wonderful!

Tami said...

I've seen the Tuschinski while visiting Amsterdam, it's amazing! Are the movies just in Dutch or you can see them in English too?

Anita said...

Good question Tami ! You watch all the films in the original spoken language, with Dutch subtitles.

Anita said...

Lizzy: I first heard about the renovations and A. Tuschinski's life via a co-student at the Dutch course in January. She is an architect who worked in the renovations of the carpets and some art nouveau lamps. She gave us a power point presentation about him and his theater, and this got my eyes open for all the history and beauty of this movie thater.

Beth Blue said...

Ei, que tal marcarmos um encontro para tomar café e assistir um filme? Eu adoro o Tuschinski, assim como todas as filmhuis da cidade.

Mas tem de ser dia de semana!

Anita said...

Topo. Vamos combinar. Ja viu "Agora" ? Alguma outra sugestao ? Podiamos ver um filme e cada uma faz um post a seu jeito sobre a experiencia.