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Casa Batllo

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Casa Batllo
Residence
1904-1905
Barcelona,Spain

Passeig de Gracia 43
Barcelona,Spain

website: www.casabatllo.cat


Architect: Antoni Gaudi



One of the most celebrated of the works of Gaudi, the colourful Casa Batllo is known for its elaborate decoration and forms derived from nature. From the balconies resembling the bones of animals to the scale like surface of the front facade, the building is a tour de force of an artist reaching the peak of his powers. At night the floodlit facade has an iridescence like the scales of a fish. This polychromic finish is known as trencadis.
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At the first floor level is a sculptural stone loggia framing windows decorated with stained glass that resembles a gaping open mouth or melting caverns. Above the main facade is a fabulous tiled roof with Gaudi's trademark elaborately shaped chimneys. This curved roof is said to represent St George and the dragon. St George is a patron saint of Catalunya as well as England.
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by another29 | 2002-12-14 23:11 | □Architecture

12 Angry Men

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12 Angry Men
Movie
1957 America

Directed:Sidney Lumet
Produced: Henry Fonda/Reginald Rose
Written: Reginald Rose


Starring:
Henry Fonda / Lee J. Cobb
E.G. Marshall / Martin Balsam
John Fiedler / Jack Klugman
Ed Binns / Jack Warden
Joseph Sweeney / Ed Begley
George Voskovec / Robert Webber





2 Angry Men is the gripping, penetrating, and engrossing examination of a diverse group of twelve jurors (all male, mostly middle-aged, white, and generally of middle-class status) who are uncomfortably brought together to deliberate after hearing the 'facts' in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial case. They retire to a jury room to do their civic duty and serve up a just verdict for the indigent minority defendant (with a criminal record) whose life is in the balance. The film is a powerful indictment, denouncement and expose of the trial by jury system. The frightened, teenaged defendant is on trial, as well as the jury and the American judicial system with its purported sense of infallibility, fairness and lack of bias. One of the film's posters described how the workings of the judicial process can be disastrous: "LIFE IS IN THEIR HANDS - DEATH IS ON THEIR MINDS! It EXPLODES Like 12 Sticks of Dynamite."
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d0079151_22384112.jpgThe jury of twelve 'angry men,' entrusted with the power to send an uneducated, teenaged Puerto Rican, tenement-dwelling boy to the electric chair for killing his father with a switchblade knife, are literally locked into a small, claustrophobic rectangular room on a stifling hot summer day until they come up with a unanimous decision - either guilty or not guilty. The compelling, provocative film examines the twelve men's deep-seated personal prejudices, perceptual biases and weaknesses, indifference, anger, personalities, unreliable judgments, cultural differences, ignorance and fears, that threaten to taint their decision-making abilities, cause them to ignore the real issues in the case, and potentially lead them to a miscarriage of justice.

Fortunately, one brave dissenting juror votes 'not guilty' at the start of the deliberations because of his reasonable doubt. Persistently and persuasively, he forces the other men to slowly reconsider and review the shaky case (and eyewitness testimony) against the endangered defendant. He also chastises the system for giving the unfortunate defendant an inept 'court-appointed' public defense lawyer who "resented being appointed" - a case with "no money, no glory, not even much chance of winning" - and who inadequately cross-examined the witnesses. Heated discussions, the formation of alliances, the frequent re-evaluation and changing of opinions, votes and certainties, and the revelation of personal experiences, insults and outbursts fill the jury room
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by another29 | 2002-12-05 22:31 | □Movie

Ryoan-ji

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Ryoan-ji / 龍安寺
Temple
1450 Kyoto,Japan

website: www.ryoanji.jp




d0079151_16284054.jpgThe Temple is located in Kyoto, Japan. Belonging to the Myōshinji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism, the temple is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The site of the temple was originally a Fujiwara family estate. It eventually came into the hands of the Hosokawa clan branch of the Fujiwaras. Hosokawa Katsumoto inherited the residence, and lived here before the Ōnin War. After Katsumoto's death, he willed the war-ravaged property to be converted into a Zen sect temple complex. Later Hosokawa emperors are grouped together in what are today known as the "Seven Imperial Tombs" at Ryoan-ji. The burial places of these emperors -- Uda, Kazan, Ichijō, Go-Suzaku, Go-Reizei, Go-Sanjō, and Horikawa -- would have been comparatively humble in the period after their deaths. These tombs reached their present state as a result of the 19th century restoration of imperial sepulchers (misasagi) which were ordered by Emperor Meiji.

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The Rock Garden - "Seki-tei" To many, the temple's name is synonymous with the temple's famous karesansui (dry landscape) rock garden, thought to have been built in the late 1400s. The garden consists of raked gravel and fifteen moss-covered boulders, which are placed so that, when looking at the garden from any angle only fourteen of the boulders are visible at one time. It is traditionally said that only through attaining enlightenment would one be able to view the fifteenth boulder (Also, if facing the garden from the far right and about 8 feet back a person of about 1.82m(6ft) in height can see all 15 boulders, though the small boulder farthest to the left appears to be part of the much larger boulder immediately next to it)

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by another29 | 2002-12-03 16:27 | □Architecture