These last two weeks have seen a kind of film blow-out under the pergola - I think that if I want to sleep at night we’ll have to adopt a less-hectic schedule. But it works well. The projector really offers wonderful reproduction and the wireless speakers (not quite as wireless as they appear on the internet and on the box!) have exceeded expectations. Up until now I’ve been using an old dvd player that we put away because it has the defect that the drawer into which you insert the dvd doesn’t stay open to allow you to insert the disc. Instead it opens and closes instantly and I keep finding my fingers being dragged into the innards of the player. Today I ordered over the internet a Sony Blu-Ray player. It should be fine but Luca will kill me when it arrives! Technically we have a no spending-no investment year this year (crisis and all that) but I must say that the films under the pergola thing is just so good that it really merited a Blu-Ray player to top-it-off (the Blu-Ray players also play dvd’s only better - at least this one does according to the reviews)!
For a couple of years I have had in mind to do outside cinema some evenings after dinner. I have watched the price of video projectors come down in inverse relationship to the quality. Wireless speakers seemed to have become a reality and so, one-month ago, I ordered the various pieces that I would need to make outdoor film screenings a reality. My great fear was that I would put it all-together, we’d all be sitting outside under a white moon waiting in anticipation and .... there would be screen but no sound ... or sound but no screen .... or the projector lamp would pop on the first turning-on ...
So there we were a few nights ago, all sitting on blankets under the stars, all the components were connected ..... and it worked - it was really just like going to the movies in the bayou - the frogs croaked, the moon rose over a starry sky, we drank prosecco and enjoyed the Blues Brothers!