Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday Theme Images - 426 7th July 2018

This week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to post on living rooms, tables, chairs and such so I’m posting some of my favorite historic homes: Charles Dawes House in Evanston, and the Richard Drieshaus Museum in Chicago.

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Charles Dawes House

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Charles Dawes House, Living Room

I wish I had such a living room. Below are chairs from the Art of the Chair exhibit at the Drieshaus Museum.

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Red Beard

 

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Red Beard performs surgery as Yasumot o looks on

I had imagined the premise of Kurosawa’s Red Beard (1965) incorrectly for years. I assumed it was some samurai film with lots of sword fights so I never bothered with it. Then when I listened to the commentary on The Lower Depths, I realized that it was a drama. I had to right this wrong so I picked up the DVD at the library.

Set in 19th century Japan, Red Beard isn’t just about the curmudgeon older doctor so nicknamed, it’s equally about young Dr. Yasumoto, who has just finished medical school and arrives Red Beard’s clinic. Yasumoto is not happy about working in a clinic that serves the poorest of the poor. He had his heart set on treating high status samurai. Surely, this is a mistake the arrogant, obstinate  young doctor believes.

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Yasumoto (Kayama) and Red Beard (Mifune) with director A. Kurosawa

Yasumoto refuses to put on the clinic uniform or to abide by any of the clinic rules. He’s horrified by the outward appearance of the poor. He almost gets killed when he flouts a rule about avoiding the hut in the back where a deranged, wealthy woman is housed. All the while Red Beard is gruff, wise and patient. He sees so much more than Yasumoto can.

I loved Red Beard’s gruff ways. He was gentle with the patients who needed it, but tough with those who were foolish. He was wise in dealing with Yasumoto, allowing the young doctor to figure life out on his own and smiling when he finally donned his uniform and took on treating the poor of his own accord.

The plot twists and turns. Sometimes Red Beard is the focus, often Yasumoto, or a poor girl who’s rescued from a brothel. So many characters are given the spotlight and they all deserve it. The film has an emotional depth on par with The Human Condition, and one that few films bother to attempt. Kurosawa doesn’t beat you over the head with a message, but he does make you muse on how you should be kinder or more compassionate, how you should stretch beyond your comfort zone. It’s a film I could watch again and again. I’m so glad my misconception was dispelled. Red Beard is a treasure.

 

Sepia Saturday

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This week bloggers are challenged to share photos of police. To see more posts on this week’s prompt, click here.

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Coral Gables Police, 1926, from Florida Memory on Flickr Commons

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From Bell Telephone Magazine, 1922, from Internet Archives
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Mounted police, New York, 1911 from LOC, Flickr Commons.

From around the world:

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Indian and Chinese police, 1910, University of Washington, Flickr Commons

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French police, 19302

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Columns

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Phnom Penh

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National Museum of China at night, Beijing

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to find photos of subjects that feature columns or vertical lines.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Domes

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London

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Pekanbaru, Indonesia

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Richard H. Drieshaus Museum

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to find photos of subjects that feature arches, semi-circles or domes.

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Sepia Saturday

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<strong>Floods can be so devastating, yet these kids are making the best of it. Here are some historic floods from Flickr Commons. Click here to see more blogs with Sepia Saturday posts.

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Brisbane, 1893 from State Library of Queensland.

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Lanceton, Tasmania, 1929 from Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office

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Luxor n.d. from NY Public Library</strong>