Tina was here

September 1996

Yes, folks, Tina was here. The only thing that will stop this woman is a speeding bullet (and she's probably faster than that.) Her three concerts on the 6th, 7th, & 8th of September, in the newly opened Amsterdam ArenA football stadium prove how enjoyable live music can be. Although there have been other activities (like football) in the Arena during the past weeks, the original opening was announced last year in connection with Tina Turner's 'Wildest Dreams'. And, as far as I'm concerned, this was the true inauguration of what promises to remain an exciting concert space.

Even Michael Jackson seems to have added two more concerts to his tour and will follow at Miss Turner's heels. After Tina's concerts had passed through town, the officials discovered that the grass floor, although it had been covered by platforms to protect it, had been damaged. This has become an ongoing problem at the ArenA after growing the grass elsewhere and not planting it on location early enough to let it root. Yes, grass can be a problem in Amsterdam when not properly attended to.

In celebration of the Dutch Film Museum's 25th anniversary a Film (Book) Market was set up on the terrace next to the Cafe Vertigo from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Sunday, Sept. 8th. Although the stalls were few, the objects on offer were interesting enough to keep the true film buff busy for the afternoon. From posters, books, and videotapes to animation cells and original release stills. All I can say is 'To hell with silver (screen) anniversaries. Let's turn this in to an annual event. After all, anniversaries are supposed to take place every year, aren't they?' For those of you either in or passing through Tulip-land, there will be a Film Collector's Fair in Den Bosch at the 'Theatre aan de Parade' on Sunday September 29th between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M. with more that 60 stalls.

The Dutch Film Museum takes another bow this month with their homage to Toru Takemitsu, the Japanese soundtrack composer who died earlier this year. Although the 90 films he scored, among them Kwaidan and Woman in the Dunes, have often enjoyed more world-wide renown than his compositions for them, this celebration of his work shows the diversity and craftsmanship, ranging in style from Eastern to Western and avant-garde to classical, he used in approaching each film as a separate entity.

The Michael Collins Story has won a deserved prize at the Venice Film Festival. Now the world must wait to see it. More about this later.

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