Monday, June 18, 2007

At Waterloo, Napoleon Did What?

David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986). Anyone seen INLAND EMPIRE yet? I'd like to, if I can find it. Isabella Rossellini's birthday.

Thanks to the public sphere, anything is possible! Public sphere, private sphere, spin control, rational discourse. Inclusion of the other without obliteration. Jürgen Habermas' birthday. Hamas on Rye. Abba's "Waterloo." Napoleon did not surrender just yet. The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" -- about the London train station named after Wellington's victory on this day in 1815.

Greta Garbo as Maria Lączyńska, Countess Walewski in Conquest (1937) with Charles Boyer as Napoleon I, who also loved the Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais (b. Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie), but things didn't work out so well for any of them. Times and demands change, especially in the public sphere.

Today's Rune: Wholeness.

Birthdays: Anastasia Nikolayevna Romanova, E. G. Marshall, Richard Boone, Jürgen Habermas, Roger Ebert, Paul McCartney, Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini, Carol Kane, Julie Depardieu, Marie Gillain, Jemma Griffiths, Alana de la Garza. Paul McCartney is 65!

Bon voyage!


JR's Thumbprints said...

What intrigues me the most about "Blue Velvet" is the pastoral beginning, the little town feel to it, with the tulips and the small fire truck. Also, the time period is slightly askew with a fifties type feel to it. And Isabella Rossellini plays a wonderful submissive role. And who could forget Dennis Hopper!

Bubs said...

One of my favorite movies. I went to a Halloween party that year as Frank Booth.

Sidney said...

I've always liked "Blue Velvet." I love the scene where Frank is ranting madly and Dean Stockwell's character says so calmly: "Get some glasses, and we'll have a beer with Frank."

My favorite new crime film is "The Ice Harvest."

Sheila said...

I actually have never seen it, I've heard of it though.

Charles Gramlich said...

I remember "Blue Velvet" with fondness.

the walking man said...

God Erik of al the people I blog in this community with you are the one that makes me feel like i have missed the most.


I am glad your destiny took me to a place where i actually feel humbled at your world knowledge.



t said...

Speaking of Julie Depardieu (whoever she is) I was just watching "La Vie En Rose" with a friend and bragging about having met a niece of Gerard Depardieu's (she had the nose and face and everything) at a club in France.
Re: the walking man's comment - yes, I agree, how have you seen so many films?