Sunday, November 20, 2005

zhou bo and me

zhou bo got his bachelor degree from the prestigious renmin university of china in june,2005.
it's really big and have high resolution.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

movie:for a lost soldier

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here is the review of the new york times

Voor een Verloren Soldaat

For a Lost Soldier was originally released in the Netherlands as Voor een veloran soldaat. Using a flashback framework, the film deals with a gay "coming of age". Forty years after the fact, choreographer Jeroen Krabbe recalls a wartime romance. During the Allied liberation of Holland, the young Krabbe (played as a youth by Marten Smit) entered into a tender relationship with a Canadian soldier (Andrew Kelley). Back to the present, Krabbe attempts to incorporate his experiences in his latest ballet work, a celebration of the Liberation. This delicately handled tale was written by its director, Roeland Kerbosh. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Review/Film; Treating a Delicate Story of a Soldier and a Boy Tenderly By STEPHEN HOLDEN Published: May 7, 1993, Friday

Roeland Kerbosch's film "For a Lost Soldier" takes up the most delicate of subjects, a romantic relationship between a grown-up and a child, and invests it with an aching tenderness that stays just this side of nostalgic mush.
Set in the Netherlands near the end of the World War II, the film is an extended flashback in which Jeroen Boman (Jeroen Krabbe), a middle-aged choreographer at work on a piece about the Allied liberation, recalls his adolescent relationship with a Canadian soldier more than 40 years ago.
More than a love story, the film, which opens today at the Quad Cinema, offers a rose-colored portrait of a more austere and innocent era when the love that dare not speak its name remained mute. Most of the story is remembered through the eyes of the young Jeroen (Maarten Smit), an introspective blond youth of 13 who, because of food shortages, is sent by his mother from Amsterdam to live in the country. Jeroen's foster parents are a stern but kindly fisherman and his wife, who have three children of their own and lead a spare, hardy existence that seems scarcely touched by the war.
Life in the country for Jeroen is exhilarating but lonely. Sitting at the seaside, he and his best friend and fellow exile, Jan (Derk-Jan Kroon), fantasize about rowing their way home to Amsterdam. Because Jeroen's foster parents are deeply religious, the boy spends more time than he would like in church and in Sunday school.
At the same time, Jeroen also begins to feel the first twinges of puberty. But his feelings, unlike those of his playmates, are homoerotic. Attracted to Jan, who is rapidly becoming girl crazy, Jeroen longs for a deeper, more soulful friendship. And when liberating Allied soldiers arrive, he catches the eye of Walt Cook (Andrew Kelley), a handsome Canadian soldier who recognizes a kindred spirit and becomes a mentor and older brother figure. Although the language barrier precludes much verbal communication between them, Jeroen and Walt form a brief but intense attachment that ends abruptly with the troops' departure.
Except for an inexplicable streak of bitterness, Walt seems almost as innocent as Jeroen. He lavishes him with candy, teaches him to jitterbug and to drive a jeep and tells him he's special. In the film's one love scene, an affectionate game of roughhouse turns stumblingly amorous, with Walt calling the boy his little prince.
One of the strengths of the film is its refusal to load the story with contemporary psychological and social baggage. There is no mention of homosexuality. Nor is there any implied accusation of child abuse. Although Jeroen is shattered by Walt's departure, the film assigns no blame and assesses no damages.
As the central couple, Mr. Smit and Mr. Kelley give appealing, low-key performances that remain in smooth emotional sync. The affection that flows between them is all the more touching for its being almost entirely unspoken.
Where "For a Lost Soldier" fails is in finding a coherent dramatic frame for the story. The scenes of the grown-up Jeroen struggling to create a dance piece based on his wartime experiences are rushed and confusing. Nothing is shown that would connect the young Jeroen to the cranky middle-aged choreographer trying to resurrect his adolescence.
The film also includes at least one glaring anachronism. The song "Sh-Boom," a version of which is sung by a group of Canadian soldiers, was a hit nearly a decade after the events being portrayed. For a Lost Soldier Directed by Roeland Kerbosch; screenplay by Mr. Kerbosch, adapted by Don Bloch (in Dutch with English subtitles); director of photography, Nils Post; edited by August Verschueren; music by Joop Stokkermans; produced by Matthijs van Heijningen; released by Strand Releasing. At the Quad Cinema, 13th Street, west of Fifth Avenue, Greenwich Village. Running time: 92 minutes. This film has no rating. Young Jeroen Boman . . . Maarten Smit Walt Cook . . . Andrew Kelley Old Jeroen Boman . . . Jeroen Krabbe Hait . . . Feark Smink Mem . . . Elsje de Wijn Jan . . . Derk-Jan Kroon