The last twenty-five years have yielded significant insights into the life, times and most importantly the music of the Habsburg-Burgundian master Pierre de la Rue. All the sacred works are now available in scholarly editions, and many fine recordings of his music have been committed to compact disc. La Rue has also attracted a good deal of scholarly attention, even controversy, and his place as a major figure at the time of Josquin is now surely secure. There is still much work to be done, however, and not only with the secular music that has yet to be compiled and edited in its entirety. Even the Masses, the core of la Rue’s output, are only superficially known. Of the thirty Mass settings that are securely attributed to la Rue, nearly a third have never been recorded, and recordings of half of the remaining Masses are either no longer available or problematic for other reasons.
The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters.
This macabre, whimsical, erotic, dark, seriocomic film is a complex tale about an eccentric family and the psychological and emotional maelstroms that follow them around from New England to New York to Vienna, where the Hotel New Hampshire is located. Writer-director Tony Richardson worked from the convoluted novel by John Irving that covers most universally saleable topics – homosexuality, death, incest, abandonment, Nazis, masochism, terrorists, rape, mental instability, and anarchists. The children in the family are the main focus: John (Rob Lowe) is a womanizing high-school student with a deep-rooted desire for his own sister; Franny (Jodie Foster) is the eldest daughter, a victim of a gang rape, now morbidly fascinated by one of the rapists, and equally attracted to her brother with incestuous desire; Frank (Paul McCrane) is the younger gay brother; and Lilly (Jennifer Dundas) is the little sister who blossoms into a famous author. Associated with the family is Suzie the Bear (Nastassja Kinski) who is not secure enough to come out of her bear suit.
In a world where a deadly zombie virus has infected mankind, a single cure has been found. The cure, a treatment called the "Return Protein" which stays the effects of the virus in its host. With daily injections, the "Returned" are able to live as though they were never bit, despite the virus still coursing through their veins.