Sunday, January 20, 2019

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? is a 1966 short story by Joyce Carol Oates. Wikipedia says It was inspired by three Tucson, Arizona murders. She dedicated the story to Bob Dylan because she wrote it after listening to his song "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue". The story can be read online here. It begins,
Her name was Connie. She was fifteen and she had a quick, nervous giggling habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors or checking other people’s faces to make sure her own was all right. Her mother, who noticed everything and knew everything and who hadn’t much reason any longer to look at her own face, always scolded Connie about it. “Stop gawking at yourself. Who are you? You think you’re so pretty?” she would say. Connie would raise her eyebrows at these familiar old complaints and look right through her mother, into a shadowy vision of herself as she was right at that moment: she knew she was pretty and that was everything. Her mother had been pretty once too, if you could believe those old snapshots in the album, but now her looks were gone and that was why she was always after Connie.

“Why don’t you keep your room clean like your sister? How’ve you got your hair fixed—what the hell stinks? Hair spray? You don’t see your sister using that junk.”

Her sister June was twenty-four and still lived at home. She was a secretary in the high school Connie attended, and if that wasn’t bad enough—with her in the same building—she was so plain and chunky and steady that Connie had to hear her praised all the time by her mother and her mother’s sisters. June did this, June did that, she saved money and helped clean the house and cookedand Connie couldn’t do a thing, her mind was all filled with trashy daydreams.

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue:


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Polish Films

Polish Films I have blog posts on:

1930s:

The Dybbuk (1937)

1950s:

Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

1960s:

Przekładaniec (1968)

1980s:

On the Silver Globe (1987)

1990s:

The Double Life of Véronique (1991)

2000s:

Crime and Punishment (2000)
Dead Man's Bounty (2006)

Friday, January 18, 2019

Orochi

Orochi is a silent 1925 Japanese film. From Wikipedia:
The film tells the story of a samurai who falls on hard times due to misunderstandings and explains the plots of his enemies. Such explanations superbly depict the absurdity of the samurai's unjust world, making this work pertinent even today.


There's information on the film and its historical significance here at A Cinema History.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown is an 1835 Nathaniel Hawthorne short story. You can read it online here or here or here. It begins,
Young Goodman Brown came forth at sunset into the street at Salem village; but put his head back, after crossing the threshold, to exchange a parting kiss with his young wife. And Faith, as the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap while she called to Goodman Brown.

"Dearest heart," whispered she, softly and rather sadly, when her lips were close to his ear, "prithee put off your journey until sunrise and sleep in your own bed to-night. A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that she's afeard of herself sometimes. Pray tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year."

"My love and my Faith," replied young Goodman Brown, "of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee. My journey, as thou callest it, forth and back again, must needs be done 'twixt now and sunrise. What, my sweet, pretty wife, dost thou doubt me already, and we but three months married?"

"Then God bless youe!" said Faith, with the pink ribbons; "and may you find all well whn you come back."

"Amen!" cried Goodman Brown. "Say thy prayers, dear Faith, and go to bed at dusk, and no harm will come to thee."

So they parted; and the young man pursued his way until, being about to turn the corner by the meeting-house, he looked back and saw the head of Faith still peeping after him with a melancholy air, in spite of her pink ribbons.

"Poor little Faith!" thought he, for his heart smote him. "What a wretch am I to leave her on such an errand! She talks of dreams, too. Methought as she spoke there was trouble in her face, as if a dream had warned her what work is to be done tonight. But no, no; 't would kill her to think it. Well, she's a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night I'll cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven."

With this excellent resolve for the future, Goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose.
You can listen to it here:



It was adapted as a short film in 1972, but I don't see that online. This 2015 music video is based on the story:


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Alice in Wonderland (1903)

Alice in Wonderland (1903) is a silent short, the first film adaptation of the Lewis Carroll fantasy novel. The only known print of this is incomplete but still surprisingly faithful. It's known for its impressive special effects.

via Youtube:


I have other posts of fantasy and science fiction movies, some of which can be viewed online, linked here. I'm always interested in suggestions for more to watch.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Artist’s Wife in the Gazebo

The Artist’s Wife in the Gazebo:


by Gerhard Munthe, who died on this date in 1929. I'm linking this post to the T Stands for Tuesday blogger gathering, where you're welcome to join us with any post that includes a drink. (See the water pitcher and glass in the painting above?)

This past week I made an ATC to go along with the Cold and Frosty theme at Moo-Mania:


I got out everything I had in the cold/frosty colors and picked out a few items to use. I was interested in trying to layer some things and wondering how well glue would work on different surfaces. The answer is "not well," which won't surprise any of you, but I'm not used to gluing anything except paper to other papers. I tried glue stick and Elmer's (glue-all, I think? I don't remember) in turn, but nothing wanted to stick to the felt background or to the aluminum foil, and I finally took a couple of hand stitches to attach that little bit of blue fluff at the bottom right corner. I'm pressing it under a heavy book to see if that'll set the pieces in place. We'll see.

I made an ATC with Geometric Shapes, using the same cold and frosty colors:


mainly to practice using hand stitches to attach the buttons to the card. Baby Steps. As I go through this process I'm also trying to learn to use a photo editor called GIMP. Harder than it oughta be.

My beginner efforts are a lot of fun, and I'm trying to keep things simple to decrease the pressure while I learn how to open up to this new activity.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Behind Green Lights

Behind Green Lights is a 1946 film noir starring Carle Landis, who committed suicide two years later. It also stars John Ireland. This is just an hour long, so if you like film noir how can you go wrong?


TCM has some information.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fascination

original poster image from Wikipedia

Fascination is a 1979 French horror movie about women who begin drinking ox blood as a doctor-recommended therapy for anemia and who graduate to human blood and orgies from there. A type of vampire film, this one is slow getting started but more interesting the further into it you get. There's much nudity, just so you know.

You can watch a trailer with English subtitles at Youtube.

Moria says,
Jean Rollin’s films are a strange mixture of artiness and horror. His earlier films in particular are works of artily surreal effect, although his later work becomes much more traditional in matters such as plot. Rollin has also delved into the erotic/pornographic genre ... almost as much as he has horror. Frequently, horror and erotica blend into one in Rollin’s work. Fascination is one such case
HorrorNews.net opens its review with, "This film is a beautiful piece of genius sexploitation as only director Jean Rollin can deliver," "There is a something very Edgar Allen Poe about “Fascination.” By Poe I mean “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether," discusses the issues of power between the sexes in the film, and concludes, "The film intrigues you with its strangeness and keeps you interested by presenting you the possibility of one story line and then it takes its clothes off and teases you in a totally different direction."



Friday, January 11, 2019

Regret

Regret is a short story by Kate Chopin. You can read it online here or here. It begins,
MAMZELLE AURLIE possessed a good strong figure, ruddy cheeks, hair that was changing from brown to gray, and a determined eye. She wore a man's hat about the farm, and an old blue army overcoat when it was cold, and sometimes top-boots.

Mamzelle Aurlie had never thought of marrying. She had never been in love. At the age of twenty she had received a proposal, which she had promptly declined, and at the age of fifty she had not yet lived to regret it.
You can listen to it here: