Silent Sunday

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The Circus

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I just loved Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus. I’d never heard of this film, but recently saw that The Criterion Collection had just released it on DVD. In this 1928 film, The woebegone Tramp mistakenly gets caught up in a police chase for inadvertently taking a man’s wallet. The crazy chase that ensues leads to the Tramp bringing down the house as an accidental clown act at a circus.

This circus is run by a nasty, hothead Rimgmaster who continually abuses his lovely, innocent step-daughter. The Tramp soon falls for her and tries to be her savior, but she soon falls for a dapper tightrope walker.

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Throughout the film we’re treated to marvelous scenes including a chase through a house of mirrors, accidental clown acts that have the audience laughing in the aisles, a scary standoff with a lion and a death-defying tightrope scene.

According to the commentary Chaplin didn’t like this film much because it was made at a time when his life was at a low point. His wife was divorcing him for his affair with the female lead, his mother was terribly sick. a storm destroyed most of his set and the tabloids where having a heyday gossiping about Chaplin’s personal life.

Nonetheless, The Circus is hilarious and often poignant. It entertains from start to finish. I’d say it deserves a place beside any of Chaplin’s classics from The Kid to City Lights.

Sculpture Saturday

 

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Shandong Art Museum, Jinan, China

Saturday Sculpture is hosted by the Mind over Memory’s chasingmemory.

What you need to do is:

  • Share a photo of a sculpture
  • Link to Mind over Memory’s post for Saturday Sculpture.

It’s a fun challenge.

This week I’m sharing a sculpture that’s part of the Shandong Provincial Museum’s regular collection.

Sepia Saturday

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This week I’m most impressed with the women’s style (for the beach no less). Let me share photos and information about their elements of style.

Gibson Girl Hairstyles

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These Gibson Girl hairstyles have caught my attention on BBC productions set just before WWI. Popular in the Edwardian Era, illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, the Gibson Girl look consisted of cascades of hair pinned loosely on the head, a tall, healthy body showing the results of regular exercise like bicycling and an a emancipated spirit evinced by a young woman entering the workforce.


Here’e a how-to video. The first part on makeup is below.

Magnificent Hats

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The Ensemble

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These Edwardian fashion plates show you how to put your look together.

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Certainly, the hats and corset require perfect posture and probably weren’t the least bit comfortable, but the look is stylish and creative.vict f plate

To see some other interpretations of this week’s prompt, click here.

Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge

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Northwestern University Evanston campus

You can see more seats, chairs, couches, thrones, ottomans and such by clicking here.

Care to join the fun?

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For this weekly challenge Xinfu Mama will make a post every Friday morning. To play along:

Create a post with a photo of places one sits or might sit, or art about sitting, and maybe a little background or story about the spot or a picture of the view.

  • Add a tag “Pull up a Seat”.
  • Add a link to your post in the Pull up a Seat comment section, either by writing a comment with your URL or by creating a pingback.

 

Go Fund Me

To offset the expenses due to my library messing up and getting me kicked off my insurance, I’ve started a Go Fund Me campaign.

It’s vexing that a town with a median income of $216,000 are so stingy. Sadly, it’s not a big surprise though.

It feels odd to do this, but . . . I did have insurance till the library messed up. Wouldn’t you know they did so the one time I needed healthcare.