Monday, July 23, 2007

Incomplete art?

"To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture." - Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

How Mozart's "Dalla Sua Pace", an aria from his opera "Don Giovanni", found a place in "Muallaf".

The original Italian:

Dalla sua pace la mia dipende;
Quel che a lei piace vita mi rende,
Quel che le incresce morte mi dà.
S'ella sospira, sospiro anch'io;
È mia quell'ira, quel pianto è mio;
E non ho bene, s'ella non l'ha.

The English translation:

On her peace mine depends;
What makes her happy brings me life,
What makes her sad brings me death.
If she sighs, I sigh too;
It is mine that anger, those tears are mine;
And I have no peace if she does not.

Monday, July 02, 2007

"Muallaf". This is the very first thing you will see on the big screen.

muallaf opening
Originally uploaded by yasmin the storyteller
Can anyone guess what it says? Does anyone here read Chinese? And if you do, would you care to explain to the others what the characters say, please?