年紀大了，電影的觸覺敏銳了，孤獨的感覺卻多了。只要有電影？有時候其實也不敢太肯定。更何況，電影本身也好像越來越孤獨了。這個網誌，是否應該喚作“The Loneliness of the Cinema”?
In my memory, Diamond of the Night is one of the early films that showcased the use of "flash forward" for us around 1970. Quite a haunting film. I also bought the following book and learnt about Czech cinema. (All the bright young men and women : a personal history of the Czech cinema / Josef Škvorecký ; translated by Michael Schonberg.) That was well before US and UK film critics published any books on East European cinema. Unfortunately I gave away the book when I moved houses many years ago.
In the late 1980s, I met Skvorecky when he visited ANU (Canberra) as a resident writer. I interviewed him and published articles on him in "Lianhe bao" （聯合報） and "Lianhe wenxue" （聯合文學）. He is more famous than Milan Kundera in Czechoslovakia. I regret now that I did not ask him more about Czech cinema.
Skvorecky's novels, including some good detective stories, are all interesting. He is now living in Canada. He had another book on Closely Watched Train.