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Ernest Yakovlev
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Nirvana 1997

Nirvana is a 1997 Italian cyberpunk science fiction film directed by Gabriele Salvatores. The film stars Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono, Sergio Rubini, and Stefania Rocca. It was screened out of competition at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3]

Nirvana 1997

Nirvana was released on 24 January 1997 in Italy on 112 screens and opened at number two at the Italian box office behind The Cyclone with a gross of $1.7 million for the weekend. It went on to gross $10 million[1][4] Dimension Films picked up U.S. distribution rights in March 1997,[1] and the film was dubbed in English and released in early 1998.[5]

La colonna sonora del film venne pubblicata nel 1997 dall'etichetta musicale Mercury Records e prodotta da Mauro Pagani e Federico De Robertis, ai quali si devono anche quindici delle diciassette tracce presenti nell'album. La prima traccia è cantata da Raiz (Rino Della Volpe) degli Almamegretta, mentre la terza, John Barleycorn (must die), è tratta dall'album John Barleycorn Must Die dei Traffic. Sono presenti inoltre due brani della punk band statunitense Nofx: Reeko e Scavenger Type, entrambi dall'album Punk in Drublic.

"Us" was the Faircloth family: parents Connie and Bill, who have since passed away, and daughters Tammie and Terri. They were a constant presence at Einstein A Go-Go from when it opened in 1985 until it shut down in March 1997 when its lease expired.

RARE original press kit for a 1997 exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Includes two 11.5" x 11.5" double-sided prints (one has got Nirvana/Kurt Cobain's back b/w Henry Rollins, the other has got Harry Dean Stanton b/w Wim Wenders), one 23" x 35" (59x88 cm) poster, a flyer, an exhibition announcement sheet and three stapled A4 size 6-8 page info compendiums.

Stephen has told me that if he could build these cables andsell them for half the price he would. I know he would certainlysell a whole lot more if he did. But according to him, the highquality materials, the meticulous craftsmanship, and theprecision construction just can't warrant it. For a complete andmore thorough technical low-down on the design I suggest youvisit the Nirvana web-site (

And that 'right' is what I now call Natural Ease ofMusical Presentation. Furthermore, I believe that that'right' sound is complete transparency and has allowed the restof the equipment in my system to shine through. For the firsttime in a long-time, this incredible system of components, wiredwith the Nirvana cables, moved me one notch closer to--yes--sonicnirvana. The 'nature' of the presentation allowed my to connectmore fully with the music. It was that connection that I foundpleasing and enjoyable.

Christophe(r) Lambert heads an international cast in this 1997 French-Italian(?) co-production. While the movie doesn't have the big budget a Hollywood blockbuster would have had, it still manages to create an interesting & convincing near-future world. Actually, it's one of the few films that really manage to create a decent cyberpunk setting; right now, I can only think of "Nemesis" which was a pretty good effort, and then there's always "Blade Runner", of course...As for the acting in this movie, it's always tough to rate the level of acting when the movie is dubbed, but all in all I'm not complaining. Lambert is good, and Diego Abatantuono (sp?) is interesting as the sentient game character Solo - and kind of appropriate, too, since he has the physical look of a real-life "Mario on steroids". :-)There are also several nice touches of humour, that prevent the movie from taking itself too seriously (check out the meditating guy later on in the movie for a nice example...). Finally, there is some nice music in there as well.All in all, an enjoyable little movie - with cult potential, I think.

I've been a fan of Gabrielle Salvatores' dreamy, surrealistic style ever since I saw the first 5 minutes of "Denti" (2000). Now there's a film for movie buffs to sink their teeth into, lame pun intended. I immediately went on the hunt and found his follow up films, "Io non ho paura" (2003) and "Quo Vadis Baby" (2005) which I also thoroughly enjoyed, and now I'm working my way backwards to his earlier films.Then I saw "Nirvana" (1997) and it stopped me dead in my tracks. My first impression was that it's a really good story but the presentation fell short, felt incomplete and lacked authenticity. Then I found out that's because the Miramax (DVD) is a total hack job of the original film, with 20 minutes chopped off and distracting dubbing of all the actors' voices. In case you didn't already know, the original film is in Italian, and it was dubbed into English for this particular DVD.The story itself is really interesting, and it's a cut above all the other cyberpunk movies that were churned out in the late 90s capitalizing on the burgeoning net culture. "Nirvana" is set in a dystopian future à la Bladerunner and follows 3 days in the life of a software programmer (Christopher Lambert) who is about to deliver his masterpiece virtual reality game called Nirvana. The problem: with only 3 days to go before it hits the market, the main character in the video game becomes self-aware and starts questioning the game he's in. The movie then splits into 2 concurrent timelines, one with Lambert trying to stop the game's release, and two with the video game character trying to understand his own existence.With a good dose of action, lots of style and peppered with some good unexpected comedic moments, the film is entertaining. But (I'm assuming due to the Miramax hack job) it often feels rushed, disorienting or just plain nonsensical at times. If you watch the Miramax DVD (96 mins) be sure to take it with a grain of salt, or as I'm trying to do, hunt down the original 113 min Italian version which is generally loved by all who have seen it. 041b061a72


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