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Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does a bunch of other stuff.

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  1. Avatar Aaron David
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    I must have seen Eyes Wide Shut at least a half-dozen times by now, and while I wouldn’t say is Kubricks best movie by any means, it is one that is close to greatness. Possibly the key to really understanding him as an artist. And because of this, I have deliberately not read the book it is based on.

    In any case, I am reading Lafcadio Hearn lately. The mix of ghost stories with Meji era sensibilities is rather fascinating, and cutting as only an outsider can be. I recommend Kaidan.Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. in reply to Aaron David
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      I thought Eyes Wide Shut was great too. I certainly didn’t understand people dragging it at the time, aside from its trailer being a bit deceptive. I don’t know what you’d get out of the novella actually. Like I said, I was surprised at how closely the movie followed the general plotting of the story, but enough so that I really don’t think you’d miss anything by not reading it.

      I should track down Lafacio Hearn. I’m in the mood for ghost stories lately and have a pile of them ready to go as is. Maybe perfect for whenever autumn appears.Report

  2. Avatar Aaron David
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    If I remember correctly, the buzz was “Kubrick does sex!” And as you know, that isn’t what the movie is really about.

    Look for Lafcadio, as he is a fascinating person who wrote quite beautifully in his Japanese years (1890-1904)Report

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