GREAT MUSIC

Pachelbel, Canon (1680)
Bach, Badinerie (1730)
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21, Andante (1785)
Mozart, Symphony no. 40, Molto allegro (1788)
Beethoven Moonlight Sonata (1801)
Beethoven, Für Elise (1801)
Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, Ode to Joy (1824)
Chopin, Nocturne in C sharp Minor (No.20) (1830)
Bellini, Norma, Casta Diva (1831)
Chopin, Nocturne B flat minor Op. 9 (No. 1) (1832)
Verdi, Nabucco, Va pensiero (1841)
Liszt, Liebestraum No. 3 (1850)
Bach/Gounod, Ave Maria (1853)
Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, Act I No. 2, Valse (1875)
Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, Act II No. 10, Scene (1875)
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto no 1 (1875)
Grieg, Peer Gynt, In the Hall of The Mountain King (1875)
Grieg, Peer Gynt, Morning Mood (1875)
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 1 (1879)
Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 5 (1879)
Saint-Saëns, Le Carnaval des Animaux, Le Cygne (1886)
Borodin, Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances (1890)
Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker, Valse des fleurs (1892)
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto no 2 (1901)
Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 (1901)
Rachmaninoff, Vocalise (1912)
Rachmaninoff, All-Night Vigil, Praise The Lord, O My Soul (1915)
Puccini, Gianni Schicchi, O Mio Babbino Caro (1918)
Puccini, Turandot, Nessun Dorma (1926)
Ravel, Bolero (1928)
Ravel, Piano Concerto, Adagio assai (1931)
Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on Themes of Paganini, Variation 18 (1934)
Orff, Carmina Burana, O Fortuna (1935)
Shostakovich, Jazz Suite Waltz no. 2 (1938)
Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio (1939)
Khachaturian, Masquerade,Waltz (1941)
Albinoni/Giazotto, Adagio (1958)
Piazzolla, Oblivion (1982)
Dalla, Caruso (1986)

GREAT MOVIES

Chaplin, The Kid, 1921
Chaplin, Modern Times, 1936
Renoir, The Grand Illusion, 1937
Welles, Citizen Kane, 1941
Carné, Children of Paradise, 1943
Kurosawa, Seven Samurai, 1954
Fellini, La Strada, 1954
Kalatozov,The Cranes Are Flying, 1957
Bergman, The Seventh Seal, 1957
Zinnemann, A Man for all Seasons, 1966
Tarkovsky, Mirror, 1975
Tarkovsky, Stalker, 1979
Cimino, The Deer Hunter, 1978
Hudson, Chariots of fire, 1981
Joffé, The Mission, 1986
Axel, Babette’s Feast, 1987
Spielberg, Schindler’s List, 1993
Attenborough, Shadowlands, 1993
Gibson, Braveheart, 1995
Costner, Dances with Wolves, 1990
Benigni, Life is Beautiful, 1997
August, Les Misérables, 1998
CBS & AAC (mini-série TV), Jeanne d’Arc, 1999
Scott, Gladiator, 2000
Jackson, The Lord of the Rings, 2001
Polanski, The Pianist, 2002
Gibson, The Passion of the Christ, 2004
Barratier, The Chorus, 2004
Fukunaga, Jane Eyre, 2010
Malick, A Hidden Life, 2019

The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good.

My function is to make whoever sees my films aware of his need to love and to give his love, and aware the beauty is summoning him.

The artist is always the servant, and is perpetually trying to pay for the gift that has been given to him as if by a miracle. Modern man, however, does not want to make any sacrifice, even though true affirmation of the self can only be expressed in sacrifice.

It seems to me that the individual today stands at a crossroads, faced with the choice of whether to pursue the existence of blind consumer, subject to the implacable march of new technology and the endless multiplication of material goods, or to seek out a new way that will lead to spiritual responsibility, a way that ultimately might mean not only his personal salvation but also the saving of society at large; in other words, to turn to God.

Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN 

Pieper, The Four Cardinal Virtues; Leisure: The Basis of Culture; The Christian Idea of Man; Brief Reader on the Virtues of the Human Heart; Happiness and Contemplation; Only the Lover Sings: Art and Contemplation; Enthusiasm and divine madness

Hildebrand, The Heart; Humility: Wellspring of Virtue; Transformation in Christ; Humility: Wellspring of Virtue; Aesthetics; In Defense of Purity

Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning 

Havard, Virtuous Leadership; Created for Greatness; From Temperament to Character; Free Hearts

Bennett, The Temperament God Gave You  

PascalPensées

Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

Drucker, The Effective Executive; Managing Oneself

TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN

Dostoyevsky, The Grand Inquisitor (in “The Brothers Karamazov”, Part II, Book V, Chap V)

Soloviev, On the Decline of the Medieval Worldview; A Short Story of Antichrist

Solzhenitsyn, Harvard Address; Nobel Lecture; Templeton Lecture; Address to the International Academy of Philosophy; Address to the Académie des sciences morales et politiques

Orwell, 1984

Huxley, Brave New World

De Marco & Wiker, Architects of the Culture of Death

Lubac, The Drama of Atheist Humanism

REMARKABLE BOOKS

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by Mark Twain
Wind, Sand and Stars, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Vipers’ Tangle, by François Mauriac
Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev
Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo
The Stranger, by Albert Camus
Matryona’s Place, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Oak and the Calf, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque
A Life Transformed, by Etty Hillesum
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh