Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Chelsea Girls (Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey, 1966)

Our friend, Patrick Fleming (1943-2018)

I had just finished an online course on Warhol and his themes of money,sex,fame and death from the University of Edinburough Online, when Patrick mysteriously moved into our 19 story building. After talking he related that he was in the Andy Warhol film Chelsea Girls in 1966.[Karma, fluke, serendipity, magic, pixie dust?] He didn’t have a computer and wanted to see his picture on the web. After I found it the man treated me like a Prince. Patrick was from Ireland, and I believe he said he met Warhol in Kansas, but possibly New York. Patrick passed away at the beginning of the year. In the two years since my coronary bypass and my quitting smoking, we also lost a painter, Sam Thompson, who coincidentally attended church with us. Please look for Patrick in the multi screen film, which has very few actors, and in Warhol’s screentests. Most of the actors in the film play “themselves”, as does Patrick, who is credited with playing “himself” in the film, which is consistent with the Cinema veritee style of the art film.

Thank you Patrick for the stories about Nico, Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol. Oddly enough I was visiting Lexington Concord this week, but that wasn’t what prompted me to search for the author Jane Langton. A women was reading a mystery on the bus near Mount Auburn cemetery, so I looked for the author. Jane Langton of Massachusetts did in fact pass away this Christmas. I read her novel eight years ago in front of the coffee shop/ chessplayers in Harvard Square.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Merchant of Venice (1973) (Full Length)

Scott Lord on Silent Film

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In about 36 hours, Unit 5 will be available on our course' website. Its appearance indicates that we are reaching the midpoint, and I believe it is appropriate now to discuss how various Gospel writers position Jesus -- and thus themselves -- among different contemporaneous Jewish groups. It is what today we sometimes call identity-building strategies.

We will also have the opportunity to discern in the Gospel of John some first signs of estrangement from the Jewry as a whole and try to guess their meaning.

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Three hundred fifty years ago, John Milton published the first edition of Paradise Lost.  Since then it has re-appeared in hundreds of editions and has come to be recognized as the greatest poetic achievement in English. John Dryden, England's poet laureate at the time, even suggested that Milton's English epic surpassed Homer's achievements in Greek and Virgil's in Latin. 

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