“I wanted to make a Merchant-Ivory movie with vibrators”

Sez Tanya Wexler about her movie “Hysteria”

Read the interview in the New York Times, comments on imdb and Rotten Tomatoes.

Want to See!!!

Nowhere in Wien, Österreich??!? Weiß jemand, ob/wann dieser Film in Wien läuft?

Deutschsprachigen Rezensionen:

  • Filmrezenzion auf film.zeit.de/
  • In guten Händen auf film.at
  • Deutschsprachige Pressekritiken zu In guten Händen bei film-zeit.de
  • In guten Händen auf Wikipedia

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Thanks, Feminéma!

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Evelyn Waugh & Father Brown

Brideshead Revisited is on my List of Deserted-Island-Books

One of the most powerful metaphors in the book, and I never spotted it’s origin. Delightful —
thanks to whoever pointed this out, you made my day! 😀

In Evelyn Waugh‘s novel Brideshead Revisited, a quote from the Father Brown story “The Queer Feet” is an important element of the structure and theme of the book. Father Brown speaks this line after catching a criminal, hearing his confession, and letting him go: “I caught him, with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world, and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread.” Book Three of Brideshead Revisited is called “A Twitch Upon the Thread,” and the quote acts as a metaphor for the operation of grace in the characters’ lives. They are free to wander the world according to their free will until they are ready and receptive to God’s grace, at which point He acts in their lives and effects a conversion. In the miniseries made by Granada Television adapting Brideshead, the character Lady Marchmain (Claire Bloom) reads this passage aloud.

Source: Wikipedia article on Father Brown

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Books to Read :: Es kam ein Stern aus Babylon

taz.de 24.04.2012. Rezension von Najem Wali.

Aufklärung. Mit “Platon in Bagdad” hat der amerikanische Autor John Freely eine aufregende Kulturgeschichte verfasst, die mit eurozentrischen Vorurteilen bricht. In seinem Buch erzählt er, wie das Wissen der Antike von Bagdad aus in die arabisch-islamische Wissenschaftnach Europa zurückkehrte

John Freely: “Platon in Bagdad. Wie das Wissen der Antike nach Europa kam”. Aus dem Englischen von Ina Pfitzner. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2012, 388 Seiten, 24,95 Euro

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Early Monday Morning Delights: That’s how you know you’re really getting old …

It’s a piece of nostalgia cashing in on something I was too old for first time around

Charlie Brooker on the Guardian’s Comment is Free

So, first coffee of the week and already wrestling with age-&-identity questions: what does it mean — at my age *rollingeyes* — to get all of a sudden interested in Dracula, Graffiti, (s)exploitation movies, and Lord Byron for creeps’ sake?

Reverse reverse regression? Being twenty years ahead and already in my dotage?

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Reality check?

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Reality TV is like Facebook in real time?!?? Television is even more real time than FB?!?? The mind boggles.

But then I seem to think that Facebook is just as real (or unreal, come to that) as this weird layer of reality that people adults call the real world. I’m so out of touch with those fellow have-the-t-shirt-adults it’s spooky.

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Can I go back playing with Dracula now, please?

Want to See :: … Et mourir de plaisir (1960)

Mon dieu, a lesbian vampire movie directed by Roger Vadim *happysigh*

The title says it all: Et mourir de plaisir (1960) 😀 (blandly translated into Blood and Roses). Based on my beloved Carmilla. Starring: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli and Annette Vadim (did al those ‘60s sexploitation directors marry their star actresses??!?!) and René-Jean Chauffard, music by Jean Prodromidès and cinematography by Claude Renoir.

The locale was shifted from 19th century Styria to 20th century Italy. Young Carmilla is jealous of her friend’s engagement to Leopoldo, her beloved cousin. Her obsession leads her to the tomb of a female vampire. The vampire possesses her to kill and terrorize the inhabitants of the estate. But is it all in her mind, or is she really under the control of an ancient vampire ancestor?

Not exactly faithful to the original story, perhaps?

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French film poster for Et mourir de plaisir (1960)