Tag Archives: Josef von Sternberg

excess: wild steppes forward

Russians have always discussed the state of their souls as earnestly as the state of the economy of the vagaries of Russian politics. Always a strange blend of grandiose schemes, despair and optimism, futility and petty bickerings. The luxury of … Continue reading

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release from moderation

Nothing exceeds like excess. It colors a somber Russian landscape¬† and its offshoot eccentricities perhaps aided and abetted by the extreme and often inhospitable climate. For Russia whether Czarist, Communist and new Czarist appears to have no middle ground, only … Continue reading

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distorting the tragic flaws

Otto Dix has been said to be primarily a critic of capitalism, and secondly an artist who expressed this view through painting. Although its questionable, and even debatable whether the classic capitalism of the industrial era still exists; its underlying … Continue reading

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