Eine Zusammenfassung des Film “Bella Marta”

Der Film, Bella Marta, handelt von einer Frau und ihren Probleme. Die Hauptfiguren sind Marta, Mario, und Lina. Martina Gedeck spielt die Rolle von Marta; Maxine Foerste spielt die Rolle von Lina; und Sergio Castellitto spielt die Rolle von Mario. Alle Schauspieler sind sehr talentiert.
Marta wohnt im Hamburg und ist Chefkochin in einem teueren Restaurant. Sie ist ungefahr funfunddreissig Jahre alt, nicht verheiratet und gleichberechtigt. Sie wohnt allein in einer Wohnung. Sie ist stur und hochmutig, und sie tragt die Hose in der Kuche des Restaurants. Sie sieht einen Therapeut, weil sie Probleme mit Verhaltnissen hat.
Lina ist Martas Nichte. Sie ist acht Jahre alt. Sie wohnt mit ihrer Mutter in anderen Stadt. Ihr Vater wohnt in Italia. Ihre Mutter wird getotet in einen Verhekrsunfall, und sie muss mit Marta wohnen.
Mario ist Chefkoch und kommt aus Italia. Er arbeitet im gleichen Restaurant. Er ist ungefahr funfunddreissig Jahre alt und ist auch nicht verheiratet. Er hat eine kontaktfreudige Personlichkeit.
Als Martas Schwester in dem Verkehrsunfall getotet wird, muss ihre Nichte, Lina, mit ihr wohnen. Lina leidet an Depressionen. Sie weigert sich, zu essen; sie weigert sich, in die Schule zu gehen. Marta will ein Verhaltnis mit ihr pflegen. Lina kooperiert nicht. Dann beginnt Marta, Lena zu dem Restaurant zu bringen. Lina und Mario pflegen ein Verhaltnis miteinander. Gleichzeitig pflegen Marta und Mario ein Verhaltnis, und Martas Verhaltnis mit Lina bessert sich.
An Linas entfremdeten Vater, der in Italia wohnt, schickt Marta einen Brief. Nun kommt er an, und Lina zieht mit ihm nach Italia um. Marta und Lina und Mario sind traurig, und sehen ein, dass sie sich lieben. Marta und Mario fahren nach Italia, und die drei kehren nach Deutschland zuruck. Diese Geschichte hat ein gluckliches Ende. Marta und Mario heiraten, und die drei haben ein gluckliches Leben.

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My New Year’s Resolution was to write on my blog twice a week. That never materialized. I haven’t written on this since the 17th of January. I meant to, but just never got around to it. I do have things I can write about, but for some reason just keep putting it off. I’m going to have to get better organized.
I have been back to school for three weeks now. I am enjoying my classes. I had to drop the art class so am now taking German and algebra. The German is interesting. We are reading short stories by German authors. It is neat reading actual German literature rather than the readings from the textbook. We still spend time on grammar and vocabulary development. I had planned on spending time each day reading a German newspaper online, but that hasn’t happened. Algebra is difficult, but I do find it interesting and challenging. We had our first test last Thursday. There were twenty-five questions. One I just didn’t know how to work and another I realize I missed because of a stupid mistake on my part. I hope I didn’t do anything careless on the other questions.

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Start of a new week

My New Year’s Resolution was to write on my blog twice a week.  We are only half way through January and already I have not done it.  My classes at Ambrose start this week and perhaps that will keep me better organized and more responsible.  I can tell I’m getting old as I am anxious for semester break to be over and for classes to begin again.  I am going to take three classes this semester – Computers in Art, algebra, and Fourth-semester German.  That should keep me busy.  I’m really proud of myself.  I bought my algebra book from Amazon.com and saved myself $86.  I can’t understand why there is such a difference in price.

Janet and I have spent the past month reading Stieg Larsson’s trilogy – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest.  All three were excellent and we had difficulty putting them down.  He supposedly had started a fourth book in this series and had about two-thirds of it completed when he died unexpectedly of a heart attack.   Too bad as I would have liked to have read more adventures of Blomkvist and Salander.  He really was an excellent writer.

The past month I have had my annual meetings with doctors.  So far my heart, lungs, and bronchial tubes seem to be ok.  Today I see the urologist.  Hopefully I’ll learn that my prostate will last another year.  I just had a root canal and by the time I’m done getting the final crown installed, I’ll have about $2000 invested in that tooth.  Probably should have just had it extracted.  My biggest waste of money this past year was for hearing aids.  I found out that I had a hearing loss at high frequencies.  I got these hearing aids that cost $3500 above the insurance coverage.  I have had trouble wth them ever since I got them.  They probably help a little, but they are very uncomfortable and I can’t get used to wearing them.  Consequently, they sit on top of my dresser.  I should start using them again.  Maybe I just have to get used to them.  However, I have talked with other people who have them, and they don’t like them either.

I’ll write again on Friday after my three classes have met.

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The Virginia Collection

In 2001 from March through November Janet and I worked at Skyland, a resort in the Shenandoah National Park.  While there we had lots of time to explore the Park, walk the Appalachian Trail, and explore Virginia.  We took lots of pictures.  When we arrived home, I painted seven works from photographs of our stay there.  Following are the paintings with a brief explanation of each.  I had some difficulty taking the pictures of my art work.  Some turned out much better than others.  I’ll keep on trying to get better ones.

Six Turkey Vultures Sitting in a Row

While driving to West Virginia on Highway 250 near the small Virginia town of Monterey, we saw six turkey vultures sitting on fence posts.  We thought this was really interesting and neat so we stopped and took a photo.  This painting is based on that photo.  I did add the large turkey vulture in the dead tree in the foreground.  I submitted this painting at a show and the judge criticized it because he said it wasn’t realistic as one would never see six turkey vultures like that.  Interesting as the painting was based on an actual photograph.  While in Virginia we took many side trips.  One was to the Eastern Shore.  While there we visited Assateague Island.  We were very fortunate to see the Chincoteague ponies made famous by Marguerite Henry’s novels.  We were hiking on a trail and there they were.

The Chincoteague Ponies

They didn’t seem afraid of us at all.  We were very surprised that we could get that close.  In fact, we were so close that we could have actually touched them.   There were several of them, but I chose to paint only three.  Great experience!  While at Skyland we saw many beautiful sunrises and sunsets.   We enjoyed driving early in the morning or at dusk to one of the many scenic overlooks and watching the sun rise or set.  Deer were as abundant in the Shenandoah National Forest as squirrels are in the Quad Cities.  One had to be very careful on Skyline Drive as they were often on the road.

A Doe and Her Twins at Big Meadow

This painting is based on a photo taken when my daughter, Lisa, and her family visited.  The grandchildren enjoyed pretending that they were stalking the deer.  They could actually get up quite close.  Another animal attraction at Skyland was the black bears.  They were quite numerous in the Park.  We were so excited when we saw our first bear.  They were harmless unless a mother felt threatened.  We never had any problems and didn’t hear about anyone else having any either.  Most of the time they didn’t pay much attention to us.  Just kept on doing whatever they were doing.

Black Bear Near Skyline Drive

Once while hiking on the Appalachian Trail I walked past a bear that was digging around a stump for grubs.  We were only about fifteen feet apart and saw one another at about the same time.  We both were startled.  We stared at each other for about thirty seconds and then I slowly moved away and he or she went back to looking for food.  Janet was about twenty yards behind me and thought the whole episode was funny.  We have many bear pictures.  I chose this one to paint because it was my favorite.  Hawksbill was one of the mountains that we climbed.  Actually, we didn’t really climb it;  we hiked a trail to the summit.  The National Park Service is concerned that Peregrine falcons don’t stay in the Park.  They are trying to build a Peregrine falcon population at Shenandoah.  They release the falcons on Hawksbill, but within a few years they are gone.

Peregrine Falcon on Hawksbill

They are now putting transmitters on their legs so they can track them.  They found out that they are going to the cities as life is easier there.  There is shelter and a constant supply of pigeons for food.  We did see some of them soaring.  Great to see them in flight.  Janet has always liked scenes with cattle in them.  While in Virginia we saw beautiful farms and have several photos of them.

Sunrise Over Hazel Mountain

A Virginia Cattle Pond

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Final Project

For our final project in the printmaking class, we had to create an artist’s book.  We could choose the subject and also the method.  I decided to create a book about our Schnauzer, Gromit, and use the reduction linocut method.  I found the reduction linocut method to be very time-consuming and unforgiving (if you make a mistake, you can’t correct it).  It was, in spite of that, very interesting, enjoyable, and quite rewarding.  I’ll explain the process using the print below.

First I sketched my print 0n the linoleum block.  Then I inked the block with yellow using a brayer.  (You always start with the lightest color, then the next lightest, etc. because you will be printing over the colors).  Then I ran off fifteen copies using the printing press.  Next, I cut out all the yellow leaves.  Then I inked the block with orange and ran the “yellow” prints through the printer.  Now my print was completely orange except for the cuts I made which were yellow.  Then I made cuts for the orange leaves, inked the block green, and ran the prints through again.  Now my prints were green except for the orange and green leaves.  I followed the previous steps with the light gray, the dark gray, and finally the black for the eyes, nose, and mouth.  One of the major problems is registering the prints each time you run a printing.  If they’re not lined up properly, you could end up with the eyes, nose, and mouth somewhere other than on the dog’s face.  One other thing that one has to remember is that your print is always a mirror image of the block.  Notice on the tombstone that RIP is backwards because I forgot to cut a mirror image on the block.  The final step is to set the type and run the prints through the press one last time.  Below is the block after the final printing.  You can see that only the eyes, nose, and mouth remain.  






Below are the other three pages that I completed.

This is the title page for the book.

Our alert Schnauzer guarding our home.

Gromit at Peterson Park enjoying a beautiful fall day.







I did have a problem deciding how to cut Gromit.  I experimented with different methods as you can see.  As I said above, once you make a cut on the block, there is no going back.  The next time I am going to put the red scarf on each printing as I think that will be a good way of separating the head from the body.  I am pleased with the way all the pages turned out considering this was my first attempt at the reduction linocut method.  My instructor suggested that I use this as a mock-up for the book.  I intend to do that as I do want to have a finished copy that I can give to family and friends.  One of my fellow students commented that I’ll probably only have to cut eighty-five more Schnauzers and then I’ll have it right.  More humor in the printing room.  I also intend to have more pages – Gromit with friends, Gromit keeping the River Walk geese-free, and other ideas.

I want to end by saying what a great class this was.  I really feel good about what I accomplished.  I have had Joseph Lappie for three classes now and he is excellent.  He is understanding (I made more than my share of stupid mistakes), helpful, encouraging, and very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the printing processes.  Amanda and Beth, two of my classmates, were also very nice and helpful.  I have learned a lot and plan on continuing with printing.  I now have several projects, in addition to finishing the book, that I want to do – Christmas cards for next year, some posters.

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Busy Day

Yesterday was an extremely busy day, but also very interesting and productive. First I talked with the instructor for the Computer in Art class and she gave me permission to enroll in the class. She was very nice, and I am really looking forward to having her as an instructor and also the class. Several of my Ambrose art friends have stated what a great instructor she is. I am going to purchase Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator plus two other programs. I am really interested in the class because I want to learn how to use these programs.
My Printmaking class took a field trip to Iowa City. After lunch we visited the Center for Books on the University of Iowa campus. Sarah, one of the instructors, gave us a tour and explained the program. Then we went to the University Library and David, the Artist Books Curator, selected some books for us to look at. They were really neat. I am always amazed at how creative and talented the book artists are. Then we visited a paper store that will open in a few weeks. A young woman who got her MFA from Iowa a few years ago is starting the business. She talked about herself and her plans. She was very enthusiastic and interesting. I hope she is successful.
I got back to Davenport at 5:15p.m., just in time to go to the Radisson for the International Women Author Series.  The featured speaker was Bharati Mukherjee, an Indian authoress who has lived her adult life in the United States.  Janet and I had read two of her novels, Desirable Daughters and The Tree Bride.  I would not classify either book as outstanding.  Desirable Daughters was better.  The Tree Bride was a study of the British in India.  She gave a lot of interesting information about colonial India and other aspects of life at that time.  However, the book was very difficult to read.  There were several flashbacks and it was hard to follow.   She wanted to show that there are no coincidences; everything is interconnected. She never really developed that idea satisfactorily.  I was surprised that there weren’t a lot of people from India at the talk.  I didn’t see any, but there could have been some.  I would be interested in hearing what they thought of the books.  Her talk was interesting and she certainly was personable.  I met her and visited briefly with her when she signed my books.

Bharati Mukherjee autographing Desirable Daughters and The Tree Bride

The dinner and book talk was put on by the Women’s Connection of the Quad Cities.  We have attended all four of these International Women Author Series events.  We enjoyed all of them.  The Women’s Connection does an excellent job in putting on these programs.

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Art on Display

Intaglio Print at the Rogalski Center

I currently have two of my art works on display. One is an intaglio print at the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose University and the other is an artists book at the Figge Art Museum.
The print was made by incising a copper plate with acid. This figure brings out my belief that we, as Christians, should not judge others – those of a different religious belief, those of a different sexual orientation, and/or others who do not fit the mold of the right wing, religious, conservatives. Jesus’ message was about love, tolerance, and acceptance. It is difficult, actually incomprehensible, for me to understand how people who profess this love for Jesus Christ can practice a life style that is the complete opposite – judging others and not accepting them.   We do have a word for that in the English language – hypocrite. I feel that we as Christians should lead a life helping others and doing whatever we can to make this a better world for all and leave the judging to God. Our instructor for the print-making class said that our prints had to convey a message. This was a great assignment as I was able to express my ideas in this form.

The artists book was made during the spring of 2010 in my Art of the Book class at St. Ambrose.  Again, we were given free reign to use our creativity.  It incorporated my love for and interest in Broadway musicals.  The book is set up in an interactive format.  One of my favorite book artists is Julie Chen and I got the idea from her as many of her works are interactive.   Rather than trying to explain it, I would rather you go to the Figge and see it and work with it.  It is meant to be touched and used.  I don’t have a picture yet as the Figge has a policy against photography in the galleries.  I should have taken a picture before I took it down to the Museum, but that would have taken too much planning on my part.

I would like to end this post by stating what a great experience I have had taking art classes at St. Ambrose under the Senior Learners Program.  I have only had two different instructors for my five classes and both have been excellent.  Kate Elliott is no longer teaching classes at St. Ambrose.  Joseph Lappie, my current instructor, is great.  I have enjoyed all three classes I have taken from him and have learned a great deal.  He is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the subject matter, patient, explains concepts well, encourages students to produce high-quality work (both creatively and mechanically), and has a nice way of working with students.

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