The meeting thirty years ago with our publisher, Jean-Claude Fasquelle: I find Eco zany, brilliant, mischievous, and independent-minded, a Zelig of absolute knowledge, always ready with a witty remark, irrepressible.
Can a film change the world? If we believe in the power of one, that ability each human being carries around to make the environment around them better by simply adjusting their behavior, then films have the potential to change the world.
Best-selling Italian novelist Umberto Eco here advises aspiring writers not to take themselves too seriously, but to go step by step and remember that: "You're 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration."
'When someone looks at my library and asks if I have read everything, I reply: 'Absolutely not. The books I've already read are stored in the basement. Here, you barely see what I'll read during the weekend,'" Umberto Eco related with delightful self-irony.
When you meet Yigal Ozeri, you feel you have stumbled into the presence of someone different. Like an eternal '70s rockstar, his personality exudes from the top of his unruly hair to his often outlandish shoes.
The ability to love is an important achievement for our emotional wellbeing and has to be taught and learned. At times, you wish you had a manual but, alas, it would take away its naturalness and would deprive you of the freedom to make mistakes, learn from them and go forward.
Oh laptop, a mere four and a half years in my possession! Uh, it's kind of obsolete, they said. The money you invest in repair could go toward a new machine, one that's much faster. "More magical." They didn't say that but they meant it. And: "The prices start pretty low."
And so what, then, if a preschool teacher makes a Lira or two on the side posing for calendars your kids shouldn't be looking at anyway? If it advances the cause of women's empowerment in a still very gender-divided society, I'm all for it.