Whether you find them aesthetically refreshing or merely overindulgent, the films of British avant-gardist Derek Jarman always present either visual or emotional surprises. A restlessly inventive film artist and painter, Jarman railed against the conventional stuffiness of what passed for art in his
Born Konstantin Sergeyevich Alekseyev in Moscow, actor, director, and producer Konstantin Stanislavski was nothing less than the father of modern acting theory. His theories facilitated the evolution of theatrical performance from hyperventilating melodrama to realistic depictions of human behavior.
By all accounts, Peter Tchaikovsky was an emotionally troubled man. He suffered from nervous depression, which was heightened by the constant social presssure to hide his homosexuality. The composer had affairs with women and even married Antonina Miliukova -- with disastrous emotional effects to bot