Unlikely Places (Unmaking Book 2)
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Making his final statement to the Chilcot Inquiry, Britain's ex Prime Minister offered an assessment of his actions, culminating in the following comment: I feel responsibility but no regret for removing Saddam Hussein. I think he was a monster. I believe he threatened not just the region but the world, and in the circumstances we faced it was better to deal with his threat and remove him from office. The world is better as a result. Scripting: Monsters, Outlaws, and Inlaws What are monsters? They are a trio of monsters. There's a toughness about Angela, something implacable, that is pure Tosca.
Ms Georghiu and Mr Alagna were heavily committed, and for both it was a new opera.
To a modern audience, though, the politics of ultramontane Catholicism and revolutionary Europe no longer hold much appeal. Nor do the simplified portrayals, common in the s and s, of Cavaradossi as a romantic hero, Scarpia as a stage villain and Tosca as a hapless victim. In an effort to give it a contemporary resonance, Mr Toscan du Plantier will focus on the opera's emotional range, in particular on the confrontation between Tosca and Scarpia.
Not for nothing has he chosen Mr Jacqot to direct. Ruggero Raimondi, who plays Scarpia, is best known for his brooding depiction of Don Giovanni in an earlier film produced by Mr Toscan du Plantier. Casting alone will not make the job easy. Opera on film—or as film—has a mixed history. It is rarely profitable for the producers and it usually succeeds in annoying opera fans and film buffs.
The camera is not kind to overweight divas, no matter how well they sing. Nor is the wide-open full-throated shot particularly attractive in close-up. Not many opera stars know how to act subtly enough for the camera, especially when not singing.
And surprisingly few opera films have managed to lay a studio soundtrack over the filmed image in convincing lip-sync. If anyone can succeed, though, it is Mr Toscan du Plantier, who has been responsible for many opera films during the past 20 years. Mstislav Rostropovich, who conducted, hated the film so much he tried—but failed—to have it stopped altogether. Heading off the criticism that opera on film never matches the immediacy of a stage performance, Mr Toscan du Plantier and Mr Jacqot will try something that has never been done before: recording the soundtrack live as they shoot.
To do that, the cast, together with the orchestra of Covent Garden conducted by Antonio Papano, spent two weeks this summer recording the orchestra track and the CD which will accompany the film. In October, the exterior scenes will be filmed in Rome.
And in November and December, the film makers move to Cologne to shoot and record the interior sequences—which are the setting for most of the drama—in a studio. But the year-old producer also has a personal reason for wanting it to succeed: he is thinking of dedicating the film to his two-year-old daughter, Tosca. The four principal guests were old friends, but Haydon being Haydon and a connoisseur of talent, these were no ordinary men. The conversation, according to Haydon's diary entry that evening, was extraordinary.
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Each man brought something distinct to the discussion, from Keats's revelations about the state of British hospitals, to Lamb's tipsy assertion that Newton had destroyed the poetry of the rainbow by reducing it to a prism. A late arrival, Joseph Ritchie, shared his plans to find the source of the Niger. As a history painter, Haydon had an eye for key moments, ones that capture the spirit of an age.
In this remarkably accomplished book, Penelope Hughes-Hallett takes Haydon at his word, and sets out to persuade us that these few hours of urbane chat were indeed significant. Taking each guest in turn, she retreads their path to the dinner table.
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There is orphaned Keats, sick of medicine, and determined to do the best by his siblings, including his darling sister Fanny. There is Lamb, desperately anxious about his sister Mary, whose spells of piercing madness disrupt their gentle life together. But this is more than a group biography. Ms Hughes-Hallett uses the lives of her subjects to capture Britain as it lurched forward into years of peace, prosperity and unprecedented cultural and scientific development.
We learn about everything from the Elgin marbles to Edmund Kean, by way of body-snatching and anti-slavery protest. There seems no aspect of society to which Ms Hughes-Hallett does not have access, yet she wears her learning as lightly and delightfully as any of Haydon's talkative guests. Equally remarkable were those involved: a who's-who of brains and brawn in international finance. The fund's implosion came perilously close to causing a catastrophic failure of the global financial system. Long-Term's founders included John Meriwether, a legendary Wall Street bond trader; David Mullins, formerly number two to Alan Greenspan at the Federal Reserve; and Robert Merton and Myron Scholes, who shared the Nobel prize in economics for work on the pricing of financial assets.
follow url This book is story-telling journalism at its best. Although he had no official assistance from Long-Term partners, Mr Lowenstein has unearthed quantities of detail that leave none of Wall Street's brightest and most powerful looking good. The myth that Mr Meriwether, his laureates and the rest had somehow found the holy grail of investing was believed by many who should have known better, including Long-Term's founders themselves.
To share the glory, Wall Street firms traded with the celebrated hedge fund on cheaper terms than other clients. Late in the day, Union Bank of Switzerland took the largest single stake, in the hopeful belief that this would strengthen its reputation and make it more of a rival to Swiss Bank. Long-Term's partners clung some still cling to the obstinate belief that their portfolio would come good and demanded an unrealistic price even as bankruptcy loomed. Larry Hilibrand, in particular, emerges as a fundamentalist believer in Long-Term.
Mr Meriwether, by contrast, having swamped his own boat, seems to have done all he could to avoid swamping others. Goldman Sachs aroused the hostility of just everybody. Long-Term's partners believed that Goldman had turned its problems from nasty to terminal by using information given to it in confidence to trade against them. Goldman denies doing so, although these suspicions were shared by other bankers in the rescue party—and strengthened when they learned that Goldman was working with the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffett, on a rival plan, which, as it turned out, was only half serious.
Mr Lowenstein's description of what went wrong is detailed and readable. But his analysis is not wholly convincing. He blames much of the trouble on a failure to require full disclosure from financial houses of their positions in derivatives. But, as his own reporting shows, investors and lenders were happy to give Long-Term all the money it wanted as long as it continued to deliver stellar results.
Fuller disclosure is unlikely to have changed that. Nor is it right to suggest, as Mr Lowenstein seems to, that the partners were brilliant minds who neglected the irrational, human side of markets. What they woefully underestimated was how large these could be. After the Russian default in August , those movements were bigger than any yet seen or imagined, at least by Long-Term. Far from being unworldly brainboxes, the laureates were two of Long-Term's shrewder partners.
Mr Merton worried that the pay package for top partners encouraged them to shoot for the moon. In July , Mr Scholes voiced concern about the shrinking spreads in bond arbitrage, the fund's main strategy.
It disturbed him when the fund started punting on the direction of market prices rather than, as before, on the convergence of two related prices. And he complained also that its positions were getting too big. In so acting, the Fed overdid the wider risks, Mr Lowenstein believes. Yet, as he himself shows, Wall Street firms were losing millions a day on positions that exactly replicated Long-Term's. In the event, just about everyone got off lightly.