The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
ENO's production of La Boheme is a triumph,
Tabu is a humorous investigation of the white hunter playing with his guns on a hostile African continent.
Shot in grainy black and white it tells the story of Pilar, a passionate Catholic woman and social activist who lives in an imposing Lisbon tower block.
She worries about her elderly eccentric neighbour Aurora who, having squandered all her money on slot machines, blames her Capo Verde maid Santa for putting "curses" on her.
Pilar takes on the task of finding a long lost companion of Aurora and the film then shifts narrative to a white-haired old gent of Italian origin Gian Luca Ventura.
As his story unfolds, the dark secrets of her past are at last illuminated, along with the tragic love story of the beautiful Aurora, her husband and the charming adventurer Ventura.
Gomes's mesmeric style successfully captures another era, recalling film masterpieces of the 1930s and '40s.
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