Holocaust Films on Review
The Onion AV Club has a review today of the DVD of Vittorio de Sica's 1952 film, Umberto D., which actually reminded me of another classic de Sica film that I recently (re)watched, The Garden of the Finzi Continis. Dominique Sanda, in the roll that probably defines her in my memory, as an Italian Jew at the dawn of World War II. Her wealthy, isolated and odd family live behind the walls of their garden, keeping the encroaching horrors at bay, until their walls are broken by history. Well worth a viewing, possibly in the form of a depressing trilogy with Schindler's List and The Pianist.
On a musical (and totally unrelated) note... Highly recommend giving the Led Zeppelin, 3 CD set, How the West Was Won a listen. Near the beginning of the first CD, Jimmy Paige goes off on a classical riff (maybe someone could remind me of who it was, could be Mozart or Vivaldi, but I'm not sure) in the middle of his solo on Rock n Roll. Reminds you that Spinal Tap weren't very far off the mark. I guess it is all what you call satire. D minor is the saddest of keys.