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La Repubblica - Italy | 26/02/2009

The crazy Yves Saint Laurent auction

With record proceeds of 373.9 million euros, the auction of objects belonging to deceased French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his companion Pierre Bergé ended in Paris on Wednesday. The left-liberal daily La Repubblica comments on this "madness": "Can one fall in love with an armchair that started off with an estimated value of between two and three million euros and following impulsive and frenzied bidding was finally sold for the crazy price of 22 million euros? … With the blow of the hammer Laurent's dragon armchair passed into the hands of a mysterious fetishist. … The secret of the fate of two Chinese bronze statues, a rabbit and a mouse, is also to be revealed in the next few days. The Chinese government had made futile efforts for them to be returned to China because they were stolen by the French army from the summer residence of the Qianlong Emperor in 1860. An anonymous buyer paid 14 million euros net for each statue. We don't know yet whether the two precious objects are to finally return to their home country."

La Repubblica - Italy | 09/02/2009

Hands off this defenceless body

The Berlusconi government and Italian President Giorgi Napolitano are at loggerheads over the question of whether Eluana Englaro, who has been in a vegetative state for 17 years, should be allowed to die. The left-liberal daily La Repubblica calls for an end to this political struggle over a defenceless body: "This is not about Eluana. … And it is no longer about the right to life or a dignified death, about religious morals or secular ethics, about God or the state. What we are seeing here is a dramatic battle between institutions and it's obvious that the one responsible for this conflict will continue to use this body for political ends – whether the body is finally allowed to rest in peace or is forced by the dark cruelty of power interests to return to the inhuman captivity of artificially sustained bodily functions."

La Repubblica - Italy | 14/01/2009

Gomorra not to compete for Oscar

The Italian mafia film "Gomorra" is not to compete for an Oscar in the best foreign film category. The left-liberal daily La Repubblica comments: "It's a scandal that the film that has stoked hopes of a rebirth of Italian cinema won't even be given the chance to win or lose. Did the Americans not understand the film? Are they weary of violence? Hardly. The mafia is well-known in America, and films like Germany's 'The Baader Meinhof Complex' or Israel's 'Waltz with Bashir' (both among the nine candidates) are no less violent. ... All that can be said for certain is that despite all the excitement in Italy, the country, and not just its cinema, has little reason to be popular abroad, and any excellent qualities it may possess fail to turn up in international research. It's as if the Italians and their country had long since turned into ghosts."

La Repubblica - Italy | 27/08/2008

Venice Film Festival under attack

The 65th Venice Film Festival begins today. The daily La Repubblica takes this as a peg to comment on German news magazine Der Spiegel's accusations that the selection of films chosen by the Italian organisers of the event was biased towards Italian movies and film magazine Variety's complaints about the high cost of the event: "The oldest film festival is under attack. This evening it will present itself in a family holiday mood, without the presence of all the major international film distributors, as it has done for some years now, ever since it was rele gated to a ceremonial but comparatively poor position among the international film festivals." The newspaper writes that the screens on the Venice Lido are not only under attack from the media but are also under siege from a host of new film festivals "like the gigantic Toronto festival that starts in a few days' time with ten new screens, the South Korean Pausan Festival that caters to the entire Asian market and the newest and most richly endowed Dubai Festival."

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