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Female Charm

∇ The Art of Movement & Sound ↓

– Amina Alaoui: Fado Al-Mu’tamid

feat… ↑ José Luis Montón: flamenco guitar + Eduardo Miranda: mandolin

♥ Silent film actresses ↓ [Chopin Nocturne Opus 9 No. 2 in E Flat Major]

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Ruth Roses & Revolver . . .

Directed by Helen Gallagher, 1987

David Lynch made this documentation (named after a film by Man Ray) on Surrealism for the British BBC television program Arena. In each program he presents extracts from what he considers films and filmmakers most significant to his own work:

←Entr’acte, Rene Claire/ Francis […]

German Expressionist Cinema

¤ The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari ⇓ [1920]

A 1920 silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene from a screenplay by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential of German Expressionist films and is often considered one of the greatest horror movies […]

Tony Gatlif

♦ ‘Gadjo Dilo’ ↓ [1998]

In this comedy-drama, Stephane (Romain Duris), a young man from France (“Payo loco” = ‘The Crazy Stranger’), travels to Romania on a mission; his father has recently passed away, and since the old man’s favorite singer was an unrecorded gypsy vocalist from Romania, he has […]

Fatih Akin

Born in Hamburg to Turkish parents, Fatih Akin has taken Istanbul to his heart like a native. The title of this film refers to the fact that the city, placed at the point where Asia and Europe meet, has always been as open to the East as it is to the West. It […]

The Road to Guantanamo [2006]

Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, The Road to Guantanamo, directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, uses interviews, news footage, and reenactments to tell the story of the Tipton Three, young British men of Pakistani descent who were detained for over two years without charges at […]

William S. Burroughs

1914 – 1997 “Death smells… I mean death has a special smell; over and above the smell of cyanide, cordite, blood, carrion or burned flesh. It is a gray smell: stops the heart and cuts off the breath. The smell of empty bodies, the smell of field hospitals and gangrene…” [The Private Asshole] “I […]

Saki [H.H. Munro]

→http://www.online-literature.com/hh-munro/← 1870 – 1916 ¤ The Open Window

The Open Window is a short story about Frampton Nuttel. Mr. Nuttel heads out to the countryside to calm his nervous condition, he takes along with him a handful of introduction letters his sister had given him. Mr. Nuttel visits the home of Mrs. Sappleton […]

Edgar Allan Poe

[1809 – 1849]→bio

• Anthology: ⇒http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/POE/contents.html⇐[read]

♥ The Tell-tale Heart

A wonderful animated short film of 1953 based on Edgar Allan Poe short-story. The story told by a mad man has a dark visual with a perfect work of narration by James Mason. It is a UPA Production and […]

Raymond Carver

[1938 – 1988] ¤ Cathedral ←[read] ⇓ Listen

• Plot Overview

The narrator says that his wife’s blind friend, whose wife has just died, is going to spend the night at their house. He is not happy about this visitor and the man’s blindness unsettles him. He explains that his […]

Robert Louis Stevenson

1850 – 1894 ¤ The Beach of Falesá The story is told in the first person by John Wiltshire, a British copra trader on the fictional South Sea island of Falesá. Upon arriving on the island, he meets a rival trader named Case, who (in an apparently friendly gesture) arranges for him to be “married” […]

‘Bartleby, the scrivener’

Herman Melville [1819 – 1891]

Fancy reading this sad Tale of Wall Street?⇒ → ⇒

Bartleby, an enigmatic man who calmly refuses to carry out his duties…

←Listen

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G.K. Chesterton + M R James

•→ G.K. Chesterton in Sight & Sound ← [1874 – 1936]

•→http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/c/chesterton/gk/ ←

¤ The Oracle of the Dog →

[included in Gerald Durrell‘s 1990 anthology “Best Dog Stories“]→

The Oracle of the Dog story is what is known as a locked-room puzzle. A murder is […]

William Carlos Williams

[1883 – 1963]

← The Use of Force

A physician is summoned to make a house call on a family with whom he has had no prior contact. He quickly sizes up the situation: the household is poor but clean; the patient is a female child whose parents are nervously concerned, […]

Roald Dahl

♦ Man From The South ⇐ 1916 – 1990

The narrator of this famous story is never named, but I always presumed him to be an English writer (i.e. Dahl’s stand-in). This narrator is lounging by a pool at a Jamaican hotel when he meets a strange little South American man in a […]

Dracula [B Stoker]

[1847 – 1912]

• Click pic for Bram Stoker‘s book →

•→ Listen ←

Originally released in 1922 as Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, director F.W. Murnau‘s chilling and eerie adaption of Stoker’s Dracula is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal […]

Two 20th-century playwrights

¤ George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Irish dramatist, literary critic, a socialist spokesman, and a leading figure in the 20th century theater. Shaw was a freethinker, a supporter of women’s rights and an advocate of equality of income. In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Shaw accepted the […]

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley [1797 – 1851]

•→ Listen [dramatic reading] / •→ Read← / PLOT ↓

◊ “Frankenstein” ↓ excerpt from Chapter 5

IT WAS on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, […]

Oscar Wilde . . .

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” [1854 – 1900] “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ♥ The Happy Prince ←

Click title ↑ or read on the screen. Choose the layout that you like better. The image with the heart and the sparrow hides another link for Oscar Wilde’s tale →

There […]

Louis Jordan + Big Joe Turner + Percy Mayfield

Effervescent saxophonist Louis Jordan was one of the chief architects and prime progenitors of the R&B idiom. His pioneering use of jumping shuffle rhythms in a small combo context was copied far and wide during the 1940s . . . A heart attack silenced this visionary in 1975, but not before he acted […]