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The Rite of Spring and The Red Shoes

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The Red Shoes: Moira Shearer and Léonide Massine. Emeric is often too easily accused of basing the principal male character of The Red Shoes on Serge Diaghilev, to which he replies: “There is something of Diaghilev, something of Alex Korda, something of Michael, and quite a little bit of me.” Michael Powell, A Life in […]

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Walter Crane’s Household Stories

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The ideal follow-up to yesterday’s post would have been David Wheatley’s 1979 film for the BBC’s Omnibus series dramatising the life and works of the Brothers Grimm. This week was the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of the Grimm’s Children’s and Household Tales; I’ve never seen Wheatley’s Grimm film which—for the moment—remains unavailable. There […]

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Maxwell Armfield’s Faery Tales

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A selection of colour plates from Faery Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (1910) illustrated by British artist Maxwell Armfield. I hadn’t seen this collection before which turned up whilst searching for Tinderbox illustrations. Armfield does illustrate that particular story (here titled The Tinder Box—the title varies) but we don’t get to see the monstrous hounds. I […]

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The Tinderbox

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HJ Ford (1894). “Do you see that great tree!” quoth the witch; and she pointed to a tree which stood beside them. “It’s quite hollow inside. You must climb to the top, and then you’ll see a hole, through which you can let yourself down and get deep into the tree. I’ll tie a rope […]

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Weekend links 104

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Prettiest Star (2004) by Timothy Cummings. • I Want Your Love, a feature film directed by Travis Mathews catches my attention for having been described as “the gay Shortbus” even though (as the director notes) Shortbus was pretty gay to begin with. • I’ve always found Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Tinderbox—a tale of […]

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The Snow Queen

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Edmund Dulac. Empty, vast, and cold were the halls of the Snow Queen. The flickering flame of the northern lights could be plainly seen, whether they rose high or low in the heavens, from every part of the castle. In the midst of its empty, endless hall of snow was a frozen lake, broken on […]

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The art of Charles Robinson, 1870–1937

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‘Fair and False’, Songs and Sonnets by William Shakespeare (1915). More illustrated gems from the collection of books at the Internet Archive. Charles Robinson, as mentioned earlier, was the older brother of illustrator William Heath (there was also a third illustrator brother in the family, Thomas). Charles was so prolific it’s difficult to choose one […]

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Strange Attractor Journal Three

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The wonderful and essential Strange Attractor Journal will be with us again next month. The previous number (now sold out, I think) included my essay about psychedelic artist Wilfried Sätty. CONTENTS Contra Genesis—Catherine Eisner Unusual cases of extra-genital conception, extra-uterine gestation, and other anomalous exits. Burmese Daze—Erik Davis In which the author submits to the […]

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