Archive for December, 2012

“Retromania”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 26 December 2012 by delclem

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“Pop Culture’s Addiction to its Own Past by Simon Reynolds.  Does it matter that pop music is stuck in the same old groove?” >review (c) THE OBSERVER, 2012

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Playful Economy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 24 December 2012 by delclem

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The history of the board game Monopoly Continue reading

Grimm Bicentennial: behind the fairy tales

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 21 December 2012 by delclem

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Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and roots of Nazism are on the agenda at a Kassel
congress on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Grimm Bros. classic tales
>text (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2012
Ilustration by Benjamin Lacombe

“The Tragedy of Central Europe” (1945-1989)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19 December 2012 by delclem

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On Milan Kundera‘s seminal and problematic, ie. almost racist,
essay from 1984 >text (c) EUROPEAN STUDIES IN LUND, 2010

Friend or Foe?

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 December 2012 by delclem

In the year of 1995, a small engineering squad has welcomed the Dayton Peace Agreement in the mountains, not far from the ruins of a local factory that was destroyed in combat. In that strange atmosphere, the squad finds a walled-in basement – and in it a man, which quietly sits behind a desk, next to an ashtray filled with cigarette buds, as if he was actually waiting for them. Pandora’s Box is opening. A Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian-Hungarian co-production.
>review   >full movie

“Bourgeois Nightmares”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 13 December 2012 by delclem

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“Horror movies frighten us; violent thrillers agitate us; sentimental stories make us cry. Suffering is often part of our enjoyment. Within limits, however: we are not to be so displeased that we are not pleased. Buñuel deliberately went beyond the limits of permissible displeasure. And so, in his own way, does the Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke” (winner of the European Film Award 2012 in four categories). Text (c) THE LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS, 2012

 

Salome is Hungarian – not Wilde

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 12 December 2012 by delclem

63150_565057180186513_871046691_nThis photo was published in 1987; it is supposed to show Oscar Wilde in costume as Salome. But, in 1992, Oscar’s grandson would confirm the photo (1907) is actually Hungarian opera singer Alice Guszalewicz
in the title role in Salomé
(R. Strauss)
in Leipzig.-
“Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” (Oscar Wilde)
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Thanks to Carmilla & the BRAM STOKER ESTATE, 2012,
for sharing this on facebook