Bel Ami (2012) – 19th century French costumes and manners, adapting to wealth, despising poverty, rising to the top – a movie about flattery, sex, power, politics and ruthlessness. Can’t remember having read Guy de Maupassant’ novel and unlikely to do so. Good and credible acting.
Archive for April, 2012
The 3 things I’d like to remember from R. Gage’s seminar:
1. If you ask the wrong question, the answer doesn’t matter. Answer questions with a question.
2. Leadership: the ability to cause people to willingly do something that they would normally never want to do. Don’t focus on tactics, but rather on culture. You lead people and manage things.
3. The process of hopes transforming into beliefs.
‘Language is the most powerful, most available, yet most commonly misused and abused tool at our disposal. We don’t need to shout, to broadcast, or to announce. We need to communicate and to interact; both are actions that involve speaking (and I don’t mean just verbally) as well as listening (and I don’t just mean with our ears). Nothing is known until it is known through language, even if it is known only unto ourselves.’ Cara Williams in TED Conversation: What’s one lesson you find super compelling?
Léon (Jean Reno) and Mathilda (Natalie Portman) – fascinating acting and excellent directing (Luc Besson) in Léon (1994). Lesson from a hitman: ‘The rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client.’ A movie about happiness and unhappiness, life in various circumstances, revenge. And love.