Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:59 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
The Telegraph has an article on the 'chaotic making' of the 1986 film The Labyrinth.
Bowie, as ever, was hipper to this than anyone else, which is why he slipped in a reference to The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. And perhaps that’s why Labyrinth has lived on: it’s a rare Hollywood movie that takes seriously the experience of being a young woman finding her way in the world.
“We’re not looking at reality, we’re inside this girl’s head,” said Froud, asked about Bowie’s aerodynamic jodhpurs. “There are references to all sorts of things in his costume. There’s the danger of a leather boy in his leather jacket, which also has a reference to the armour of a certain type of German knight in it; there are references to Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights; and the tight trousers are a reference to ballet dancers.
“He’s an amalgam of the inner fantasies of this girl. Everyone always talks about Bowie’s pervy pants, but there was a reason for it all! It has a surface that’s fairly light, but then every so often you go: ‘Oh, my God! How did we get away with that?’” (Ed Power)
Pontefract & Castleford Express features a play exploring the life of Lady Catherine Milnes Gaskell, a champion of social justice in early 20th century Wakefield.
“By 1891 Lady Catherine was an established published essayist exploring the complex lives of women which were, unsurprisingly, received with some hostility by a male dominated press,” she says. “By the time of her death in 1935 she shared the same publishers as George Gissing and the Brontë Sisters and had published nine books and a host of articles and essays.” (Laura Reid)
The Arts Fuse reviews Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth by Benjamin Taylor.
“I can’t be the first gay man to have been an older straight man’s mainstay,” Taylor writes in one of his infrequent characterizations of the nature of their relationship. “Philip had searched diligently for a beautiful young woman to see to him as Jane Eyre looked after old Mr. Rochester. What he got instead was me. The degree of attachment surprised us both. Were we lovers? Obviously not. Were we in love? Not exactly. Sufficient to say that ours was a conversation neither could have done without.” (Helen Epstein)
Hypeness (Brazil) features the work of artist Edmund Dulac (who illustrated all the Brontë novels).
Após concluir a faculdade de direito, ele foi à Paris estudar artes e foi aí que tudo começou. Quando tinha apenas 22 anos, ele foi contratado pela editora J. M. Dent para ilustrar Jane Eyre. O sucesso foi tanto que ele começou a ser chamado para ilustrar diversos clássicos da época. Seu currículo é extenso e possui a edição original de ‘A Bela Adormecida’, e até mesmo William Shakespeare. (Gabriela Glette) (Translation)
Metro has an A-level student tell about the actual disappointment of not having to go through them.
Seven weeks later, I’m still struggling with the idea that I won’t be sitting my final exams. All those countless hours stressing about the importance of language in Wuthering Heights, and trying to memorise the names of what felt like thousands upon thousands of sociologists: all gone to waste. (Charlie Davis)
While on the other side of the Atlantic, The Imaginative Conservative writes in defence of homeschooling.
Instead of flashy technologies hoping (and failing) to hold the attention of children, I am interested in a slow and faithful plodding through Jane Eyre so my children can see how character is truly made. (Allison Burr)
We don't see Brontëites at the end of that.

According to Vogue, 'The Pandemic Has Ushered In A Golden Era For Nerds'.
If you subscribe to the theory that every era gets the romantic leads it deserves – the thrusting 19th century had Heathcliff and Ivanhoe; the ’80s had Hasselhoff and Pammy bouncing down the beach; Brexit produced Jodie Comer’s Villanelle, a globetrotting assassin in couture – then 2020 is all about nerds. Normal People, the last programme to be completed before lockdown, stars a couple of simpering Irish nerds, Connell and Marianne, who quote Doris Lessing to each other before having at it like a couple of goats. Forget fancying murderers or even Hugh Grant’s character in Bridget Jones. (Ed Cumming)
Auralcrave (Italy) features Wuthering Heights.

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