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"Method of this work:
literary montage.
I have nothing to say only to show."
(Passagenwerk (1927 - 1940) - Walter Benjamin)

2005, Aug 11; 16:11 ::: Epoxy (1968) - Paul Cuvelier, Jean Van Hamme

Sample from Epoxy (1968) - Paul Cuvelier, Jean Van Hamme
image sourced here.

Epoxy (1968) was published by Eric Losfeld

see also: comics - France - 1968

2005, Aug 11; 15:34 ::: The Adventures of Phoebe Zeitgeist

Sample from The Adventures of Phoebe Zeitgeist (1962) - Michael O'Donoghue and Frank Springer
image sourced here.

The Adventures of Phoebe Zeitgeist, a comic strip serial (or its title heroine) by Michael O'Donoghue and Frank Springer that first appeared in The Evergreen Review. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeitgeist [Aug 2005]

The second sample, from the comic strip "The Adventures of Phoebe ZeitGeist", written by Michael O'Donoghue (later a writer for Saturday Night Live) and drawn by Frank Springer, and published in Evergreen Review in 1962, employs a figurative means of distinguishing speech, say, from narrative. --http://www.haigaonline.com/FINALHAIGATALKVOLII.html [Aug 2005]

Evergreen Review
Evergreen Review was a literary magazine published by Grove Press in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Its eclecticism can be seen in the issue from March-April 1960, which included work by Albert Camus, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bertolt Brecht, and LeRoi Jones, as well as Edward Albee's first play, The Zoo Story. The Camus piece was a reprint of "Reflections on the Guillotine" twice, first published in English in the Review in 1957, and reprinted on this occasion as their "contribution to the world-wide debate on the problem of capital punishment and, more specifically, the case of Caryl Whittier Chessman".

Although primary a literary magazine, Evergreen Review always contained numerous illustrations. In its early years, these were generally artistic; they also included a small number of cartoons. By the mid-1960s, a lot of the illustrations were photographs or an erotic—arguably of a pornographic— nature. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Review [Aug 2005]

see also: American comics - Evergreen Review - 1962

2005, Aug 11; 15:06 ::: Scarlett Dream (1965) - Robert Gigi and Claude Moliterni

Scarlett Dream (1965) - Robert Gigi and Claude Moliterni
image sourced here.

Scarlett Dream (1965) - Robert Gigi and Claude Moliterni
image sourced here.

Scarlett Dream first appeared in Jean-Claude Forest's V-Magazine, Eric Losfeld published a hardback version.

see also: European comics - Jean-Claude Forest - Eric Losfeld - France - 1965

2005, Aug 11; 14:51 ::: Le Rayon Fantastique

cover of French Le Rayon Fantastique
image sourced here.

Jean-Claude Forest was the premier cover artist of the then-leading French science-fiction paperback imprint, Le Rayon Fantastique (Hachette-Gallimard). George Gallet, was the editor. --http://www.hollywoodcomics.com/forest.html [Aug 2005]

see also: Jean-Claude Forest - V Magazine - Eric Losfeld - France - European comics

2005, Aug 11; 14:51 ::: Return From Death: Frankenstein 2000 (1991) - Joe D'Amato

Return From Death: Frankenstein 2000 (1991) - Joe D'Amato
image sourced here.

There are some faces that you instantly recognize when you spot them in a movie, even if the names connected to these faces wouldn´t ring a bell. Spaghetti fetishists all over the world (and our numbers are growing, so watch out!) are particularly notorious for their all-embracing love for Italian cinema, without regard to the quality standards of the films in question. The bourgeois feudality of Luchino Visconti´s movies goes hand in hand with the splatterfests of the recently deceased Lucio Fulci. This doesn´t necessarily mean that these guerilla cinephiles are suffering from a serious lack of taste. Their strange mix of appetites reveals the true essence of making films in this hot-tempered region. There is nothing like a crew of hard-working individuals trying to stomp movie magic out of the barren soil of the seamy underbelly of Italy´s small movie industry. American actors like Fred Williamson or Bo Svenson, who have worked in the Mediterranean, know a thing or two about this. You want a film that competes with the latest Spielberg production at the box office? You only have a handful of Lire to spend? Well...no problem. Enter the likes of Joe d´Amato, Enzo G. Castellari, Sergio Martino - their inventiveness have made for many great movie experiences. This has changed now, as the Italian production circumstances have altered dramatically. Even Castellari´s breath-taking western JONATHAN OF THE BEARS struggled to find a distributor even in Italy. The spaghetti genre cinema is history. So they say. --http://www.christiankessler.de/donalob.html [Aug 2005]

see also: Italian cinema - Joe D'Amato - 1991 - film

2005, Aug 11; 11:51 ::: Boccaccio (1972) - Bruno Corbucci

Pia Giancaro in Boccaccio (1972) - Bruno Corbucci
image sourced here.

see also: Italian cinema - Boccaccio - 1972 - film

2005, Aug 11; 11:17 ::: Juliet of the Spirits (1965) - Federico Fellini

Juliet of the Spirits (1965) - Federico Fellini
image sourced here.

Giulietta degli Spiriti is a 1965 fantasy/drama film about a Italian housewife, directed by Federico Fellini.

Giulietta (played by Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina ) explores both her subconscious and the odd lifestyle of her sexy neighbor, Suzy, to help her deal with her mundane life as well as her philandering husband (Mario Pisu). As she spends more time in touch with her desires, she slowly gains more independence. This is Fellini's first color film. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giulietta_degli_Spiriti [Aug 2005]

see also: Italian cinema - Juliette - 1965 - film - Federico Fellini

2005, Aug 11; 10:22 ::: Elsa Martinelli

Elsa Martinelli, photo unidentified
image sourced here.

Compare this photo of Silvana Mangano

2005, Aug 10; 23:32 ::: Blood and Roses (1960) - Roger Vadim

Screenshot or publicity shot for Blood and Roses (1960) - Roger Vadim

Blood and Roses (1960) - Roger Vadim [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

French director Roger Vadim's Et mourir de plaisir (literally "And to die of pleasure", but actually shown in England as "Blood and Roses") is based on Carmilla and is considered one of the greatest of the vampire genre. The Vadim film thoroughly explores the lesbian implications behind Carmilla's selection of victims, and boasts cinematography by Claude Renoir. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmilla#Film_and_book_adaptations [Aug 2005]

see also: France - Roger Vadim - 1960 - horror film - Carmilla (1872) - vampire

2005, Aug 10; 23:32 ::: Vampyr (1932) - Carl Dreyer

Scene from
Vampyr (1932) - Carl Theodor Dreyer [Amazon.com]
Image sourced here.

Carl Theodor Dreyer (February 3, 1889 - March 20, 1968) was a Danish film director. He is regarded as one of the greatest directors of European cinema. Although his career spanned the 1910s through the 1960s, his meticulousness, dictatorial methods, idiosynchractic shooting style, and stubborn devotion to his art ensured that his output remained low. In spite of this, he has produced some of the most enduring classics of international cinema. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Theodor_Dreyer [Aug 2005]

see also: Denmark - Carl Dreyer - 1932 - horror film - Carmilla (1872) - vampire

2005, Aug 10; 12:02 ::: Evelyn Thomas

High Energy (1984) - Evelyn Thomas

Evelyn Thomas (b. August 22, 1953) is a disco singer from Chicago Illinois. She is best known for her song "High Energy," which hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1984. The song was also her only Hot 100 entry, peaking at #85. She has had three additional songs hit the dance chart. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Thomas [Aug 2005]

Listen to the intro by clicking on this link

see also: 1984 - Hi-NRG - Chicago

2005, Aug 10; 10:47 ::: Euro(pean) disco

Just an Illusion (1982) - Imagination

Space Woman (1977) - Herman's Rocket
image sourced here.

Term Euro Disco refers to a collection of styles of electronic dance music in Europe in 1980s, such as Hi-NRG and Italo Disco. It originated in 1981 from Electropop and Disco.

One of the early representors of the style was a British group Imagination with their series of hits in 1981-1982. In 1982 Euro disco began to develop in Italy by groups like Gazebo, Kano and Lectric Workers. In 1983 Italian disco artists became popular in Europe with disco songs entering top charts in every major European country. In 1984 musicians from other countries also began to produce Euro disco songs. In Germany it was Modern Talking, Sandra and Fancy.

In late 1980s Euro disco developed into Eurodance. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro_disco [Aug 2005]

Note: According to the article above, European disco and Euro Disco are two different musical genres: the first being European artists and producers who emulated American disco in the mid and late 1970s, the latter being a more electronically 1980s genre. As such, Space Woman (1977), by Herman's Rocket is European disco, whereas Just an Illusion (1982) by Imagination is Euro Disco.

More on Imagination and their 1983 Night Dubbing album:

Mid-80s soul 'n' sleaze trio which countered a series of dodgy Top Of The Pops appearances with their Night Dubbing album in 1983. Of interest for a Larry Levan remix of "Changes" but unfortunately held back from the outer regions of dub strangeness by sucrose harmonies and inflexible basslines. (David Toop, 1994)

see also: Disco - Europe - Euro disco

2005, Aug 10; 01:00 ::: Pippi Longstocking

Inger Nilsson as Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking (Swedish Pippi Långstrump) is a fictional character in a series of children's books created by author Astrid Lindgren. She is a nine-year-old girl with red braids that stick out sideways. She is very unconventional, assertive, extraordinarily strong, and rich. She lives alone with a monkey and a horse in an old house. Her friends Tommy and Annika accompany her on her adventures.

These children live with a complete lack of adult supervision, and they frequently mock and dupe the adults they do encounter; this certainly adds to the appeal these characters hold for their young readers. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pippi_Longstocking [Aug 2005]

see also: film - Sweden

2005, Aug 10; 00:26 ::: Abba

Pre-1975 photo of ABBA, credit unidentified

Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Won’t somebody help me chase these shadows away
Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight
Take me through the darkness to the break of the day

Term Euro Disco refers to a collection of styles of electronic dance music in Europe in 1980s, such as Hi-NRG and Italo Disco. It originated in 1981 from Electropop and Disco.

One of the early representors of the style was a British group Imagination with their series of hits in 1981-1982. In 1982 Euro disco began to develop in Italy by groups like Gazebo, Kano and Lectric Workers. In 1983 Italian disco artists became popular in Europe with disco songs entering top charts in every major European country. In 1984 musicians from other countries also began to produce Euro disco songs. In Germany it was Modern Talking, Sandra and Fancy.

In late 1980s Euro disco developed into Eurodance. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euro_disco [Aug 2005]

Note: European disco and Euro Disco are two different musical genres, the first being European artists and producers who emulated American disco in the mid and late 1970s, the latter being a more electronically 1980s genre.

see also: ABBA - pop music - Sweden - Euro disco

2005, Aug 09; 22:14 ::: Ta Det Lugnt (2004) - Dungen

Ta Det Lugnt (2004) - Dungen [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Album Description
The third and most astounding album from the young and talented Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes aka Dungen. This is the long awaited follow up to his two previous highly acclaimed albums, and this recording showcases the ultimate Swedish psych/prog/pop/folk rock! Ta Det Lugnt is a beautiful, uncompromising, multifaceted musical trip straight into your head and deep out in the Swedish forests. It offers Dungens most exciting and adventurous recordings and features stunning musicianship, stellar vocals, Hammond B-3 organ, flute, violin, groovy bass, swinging drums, electric and acoustic guitars and screaming fuzz, spellbinding Swedish folk rock pop psych. Subliminal Sounds. --via Amazon.com

see also: music - Sweden - 2004

2005, Aug 09; 21:36 ::: Very odd picture (1996) - David LaChapelle

Very odd picture by David LaChapelle [source: Elle (U.K.), Nov. 1996]
image sourced here.

David LaChappelle is a photographer and director who has worked in the fields of fashion, advertising, and fine art photography. He is famous for his surreal and often humorous style.

LaChappelle was born in Connecticut in 1969. He attended the North Carolina School of Art and the School of the Arts in New York. His first professional job as a photographer was for Interview magazine, an opportunity offered to him by Andy Warhol.

He has two published books of his photographs, LaChappelle Land and Hotel LaChappelle, both of which contain vivid and bizarre portraits of celebrities. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_LaChapelle [Aug 2005]

see also: David LaChappelle - USA - fashion photography - 1996

2005, Aug 09; 21:28 ::: Buffalo 66 (1998) - Vincent Gallo

Christina Ricci in Buffalo 66 (1998)

Buffalo ’66 is a 1998 film, and is writer/director Vincent Gallo's semi-autobiographical full-length motion picture debut. Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci star in the lead roles and a distinguished supporting cast includes Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette and Anjelica Huston. Gallo also composed and performed much of the music for the film. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_%E2%80%9966 [Aug 2005]

see also: Christina Ricci - Vincent Gallo - American cinema - film - 1998

2005, Aug 09; 19:35 ::: Songs in the Key of Death (Mixed By Andy Votel) (2005)- Various Artists

Songs in the Key of Death (Mixed By Andy Votel) (2005)- Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Andy Votel Songs In The Key Of Death review, May 18, 2005 Andy Votel long time Fat City collaborator and label boss of Twisted Nerve which brought Badly Drawn Boy to our attention. Serves up the best offering so far of his eccentric vinyl obsessive genius and it's a blinder! This is essentially a 60 minute mash up mix of spoken word samples and no less than 100 obscure funk records and from all over the globe, which even has the time to include bizarre karaoke covers of The Beatles. This is all held together by a frenetic pace which keeps you hooked from start to finish, and is extremely difficult not to enjoy. --reviewsbyfaz from London via Amazon.com

Andy Votel got a write-up by John McCready in 2005, of which this is the final paragraphy:

There are some other things that I scribbled down on a piece of paper that I need to let you know. It's just that I was so busy making a point that I forgot to shoe-horn them into the above. For those who need to be impressed by the names of others in these things, Andy has swapped ideas/ remixed/produced with- deep breath and CAPITALS please- Ian Brown, Badly Drawn Boy, Avalanches, Kings Of Convenience, Add N to X and Mouse On Mars. He's a personal friend of Damon Gough who is another much misunderstood lovely feller of this parish. Andy is half man, half monkey. The recent Twisted Nerve Zoo-themed compilation was nothing more than a thinly veiled means to fund his unfortunate hairy friends who never managed to escape from Chester Zoo. A further compilation of other people's records called Music To Watch Girls Cry is imminent. I'm looking forward to pretending that I have heard all the tracks on there before. He always falls for it. Andy once covered Black Sabbath's Hand Of Doom. It turned out so twisted that only people on crutches could dance to it. His Dad is more crackers than he is and accidentally explains much about Andy. His dad is the only person anyone knows who has listened to Amon Duul's Disaster all the way through and managed to convince people he genuinely enjoyed it. Andy says the one significant piece of parental advice he gave him was this: Avoid Billy Cobham records. He's right, of course. Apart from the Inner Conflicts LP. Andy has co-produced several tracks with the rightly esteemed Badly Drawn Boy. He also did the sleeve for his debut LP. These facts are already no more than interesting detail. Post 'All Ten Fingers', they will be all but forgotten. --John McCready [2005] via http://www.twistednerve.co.uk/andyvotel/ [Aug 2005]

Damon Gough
Badly Drawn Boy (b. October 2, 1970) is an independent singer/songwriter, born Damon Gough in Manchester, England. Gough chose his stage name from a character that appeared in the cartoon show Jamie and his Magic Torch, which he saw on TV at a party in Trafford, Manchester in 1995. Before he thought of using this name he made some 'business cards', each one unique, with a printed picture of a drawing by his nephew, and a small collage by Gough. This was then laminated and given out to friends and people at clubs in Blackburn and Manchester. The Twisted Nerve empire was later spawned after a chance meeting with Andy Votel at the Generation X bar in Manchester. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badly_Drawn_Boy [Aug 2005]

see also: UK - music - 2005

2005, Aug 09; 19:35 ::: Folk Is Not a Four Letter Word (2005) - Andy Votel, Various

Folk Is Not a Four Letter Word (2005) - Andy Votel, Various [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Finally got my hands on a copy of this release, so far the best release of 2005, but that is just my personal opinion and I must add, I have not listened very much to music this year, except for the Mojo supplement with the inspirations to Led Zeppelin, which features lots of folk.

Track Listings
1. Kathy Smith - It Takes So Long
2. Sarofeen & Smoke - It’s Love
3. Brigitte Fontaine - Brigitte
4. Linda Perhacs - Hey, Who Really Cares?
5. Breakout - Warm Up My Lips
6. Musica Dispersa - Cefalea
7. The Poppy Family - Shadows On My Wall
8. Wendy & Bonnie - By The Sea
9. Bonnie Koloc - My Aunt Edna
10. Heaven & Earth - Jenny
11. Erica Pomerace - You Used To Think
12. Audience - Man On Box
13. The Roundtable - Scarborough Fair
14. Sidan - Gobiath
15. Sidan - Ar Goll

see also: folk (music) - music - 2005

2005, Aug 09; 17:26 ::: Duel (1971) - Steven Spielberg

Scene from Duel (1971) - Steven Spielberg

Poster from Duel (1971) - Steven Spielberg

Duel is a 1971 television movie directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Richard Matheson, starring Dennis Weaver and a Peterbilt 351 logging truck. Duel was Spielberg's feature-length directing debut, following a well-received turn directing a segment of the anthology horror film Night Gallery. Initially shown on television, it was eventually released to cinemas in Europe. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duel_(movie) [Aug 2005]

see also: Luigi Colani truck - American cinema - 1971 - television

2005, Aug 09; 13:29 ::: British New Wave filmmaking

The British New Wave is the name given to a trend in filmmaking among directors in Britain in the late fifties and early sixties. The label is a translation of Nouvelle Vague, the French term first applied to the films of Francois Truffaut, Jean Luc Godard and others.

There is considerable overlap with the so-called "Angry Young Men", those artistes in British theatre and film such as playwright John Osborne and director Tony Richardson, who challenged the social status quo. Their work drew attention to the reality of life for the working classes, especially in the North of England, giving rise to the expression, "It's grim up north". This particular type of drama, centred around class and the nitty-gritty of day-to-day life, was also known as the kitchen sink drama.

The New Wave was characterized by many of the same stylistic and thematic conventions as the earlier French New Wave. Usually in black-and-white, these films had a spontaneous quality, often shot in a pseudo-documentary (or cinema verite) style on real locations and with real people rather than extras, apparently capturing life as it happens. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_New_Wave [Aug 2005]

see also: British cinema

2005, Aug 09; 13:29 ::: Horror film debate at Wikipedia

The factual accuracy of part of this article is disputed.

The dispute is about the association of horror with misogyny. Please see the relevant discussion on the talk page.

The horror film is often associated with low budgets and exploitation, but major studios and well-respected directors have made intermittent forays into the genre. Probably no genre besides pornography has received more critical dismissal or moral condemnation over the course of film history. During the past few decades, new generations of critics, more inclined to take popular genres seriously, have given horror substantial attention and analysis. But over the same period, it has become more than ever a source of controversy, as its level of graphic violence has increased and accusations of misogyny have been leveled, especially by feminist critics. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horror_film [Aug 2005]

I am curious how this will pan out. Of course, the good thing is, you can decide by editing or contributing to its talk page, link here.. This debate will surely be influenced by Carol Clover's theories on the "final girl", which is mostly an American phenomenon, as has been pointed out by Donato Totaro. More about the "final girl" trope on the slasher (film genre) page. I will finish this post by quoting Totaro:

But it is in the European horror film where sex and violence really cook. Typified by the title of the excellent book by Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs: Immoral Tales: European Sex and Horror Movies 1956-1984 (1994). In the American horror film women are murdered for their sexuality and desire, from Cat People (1942), to The Birds (1963), and onward, and expressed archetypically in Psycho (1960), where Marion Crane arouses Norman's repressed (homo/Oedipal) sexuality and is subsequently murdered by his jealous 'mother'. --Donato Totaro (2002) via http://www.horschamp.qc.ca/new_offscreen/final_girl.html

But there are far more interesting gender politics to be found in such European horror films as: the sensual lesbian vampire films Daughters of Darkness (1971, Belgium, Harvey Kumel); Blood and Roses (Roger Vadim, 1961), Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker, 1970), Immoral Tales (Walerian Borowczyk, 1974), and Lust for a Vampire (Jimmy Sangster, 1971); the female revenge film The Blood Spattered Bride (Vicente Aranda, Spain 1972) (in contrast to such as American versions as Carrie, Ms. 45, (1980, Abel Ferrara) I Spit on Your Grave, etc); the British Alien rip-off Inseminoid (Norman Warren, 1981), which features Judy Geeson impregnated by an alien and killing the crew (the 'monstrous-feminine'); the aforementioned Baby Blood; and pretty much the whole oeuvre of the French director Jean Rollin, who made close to a dozen films in the 1960's/70's which feature female vampire predators in a dreamy, surreal pop art world, usually with very little dialogue (Le viol du vampire, 1968, Le frisson des vampires, 1970, Requiem pour un vampire 1972, La rose de fer, 1973, Fascination, 1980). While there are some questionable and extremely misogynist European horror films (as is par for the course), there are also far more of the sexually liberated variety. In general, the gender-political range is broader in the European horror film, and these films should be mined by feminist writers and theorists, rather than merely attempting 'against the grain' readings of familiar, over-analyzed American models. --Donato Totaro (2002) via http://www.horschamp.qc.ca/new_offscreen/final_girl.html

see also: European horror - American horror - horror film - misogyny - feminism

2005, Aug 09; 13:29 ::: Early fetish fiction

Petite Dactylo (1933) - Sadie Blackeyes (alias Pierre Mac Orlan), illustrated by G. Smit. (ed Jean Fort - Paris )
image sourced here.

see also: http://www.eroticabibliophile.com/title_petite.html for a cover scan.

Paris in the early part of the twentieth century housed several pioneer publishers of fetish literature. Three of these were, The Select Bibliothèque, Jean Fort’s ‘Orties Blanches’ and the ‘Librairie Artistique et Editions Parisiennes Reunies’ of Paul Brenet. --Carole Jean, The Art of Petticoat Punishment via http://www.petticoatpunishmentart.com/docs/cjart034.html [Aug 2005]

The Select Bibliothèque was one of several publishing houses specializing in fetish material that flourished in Paris during the first half of the twentieth century. Like the others, notably Jean Fort’s ‘Orties Blanches’ series and the ‘Librairie Artistique et Editions Parisiennes Reunies’ of Paul Brenet, the books of the Select Bibliothèque were published openly. Occasionally a title would cross some mysterious line and be prosecuted, but in general, since there was no sex in the conventional sense, these publishers were left to their devices by the authorities. --http://www.sonic.net/~patk/Select_Bibliotheque.html [Aug 2005]

Jean Fort
Unfortunately, little seems to be known about Jean Fort. We do know that he was the nephew of Pierre Fort, a Paris bookseller and publisher who was active from c.1896 until c.1905 (it appears Louis Chaubard took over the shop in 1911). Following his Uncle's footsteps, Fort began his own publishing career in c.1901, from the Paris address of 73 Faubourg Poissonniere. --http://www.eroticabibliophile.com/fort.html [Aug 2005]

see also: Paris - erotic fiction - fetishism - fetish art - fetish erotica

2005, Aug 09; 11:12 ::: Sex education in the United States

Today, sex education in the United States is patchy at best and nonexistent at worst. Because of the huge controversy over the issue, many schools attempt to avoid the study as much as possible in Health classes. The popular media has presented an image that does not exist; there are few specifically sex ed classes in existence. Also, because President Bush has called for abstinence-only sex education and has the power to withhold funding, many schools are backing away from any mention of birth control or contraceptives. However, a majority of Americans want complete sex education in the schools. The American people are heavily divided over the issue. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_the_United_States#Curriculum_issues [Aug 2005]

see also: USA - sex education - 2000s

2005, Aug 09; 10:33 ::: Oswalt Kolle

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Oswalt Kiolle
Oswalt Kolle (born October 2, 1928) is a German sex educator, who became famous during the 1960s for his numerous books and films on human sexuality. His work was translated into all major languages, while his films found an audience of 140 million worldwide. He was awarded the Magnus Hirschfeld medal in 2000.

A widower since 2000, he has lived in Amsterdam since the 1970s with his three children. He is an admitted bisexual. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswalt_Kolle [Aug 2005]


  • Oswalt Kolle: Liebe als Gesellschaftsspiel (1972)
  • Oswalt Kolle: Was ist eigentlich Pornografie? (1971)
  • Oswalt Kolle: Dein Kind, das unbekannte Wesen (1970)
    ... aka Your Child, That Unknown Creature (International: English title)
  • Oswalt Kolle: Dein Mann, das unbekannte Wesen (1970)
    ... aka Oswalt Kolle: Your Husband the Unknown Creature (International: English title)
  • Oswalt Kolle - Zum Beispiel: Ehebruch (1969)
    ... aka Oswalt Kolle - Pay Example: Adultery (International: English title)
  • Oswalt Kolle: Deine Frau, das unbekannte Wesen (1969)
    ... aka Female Sexuality (UK)
  • Oswalt Kolle: Das Wunder der Liebe II - Sexuelle Partnerschaft (1968)
    ... aka Sexual Partnership (UK) (USA)
    ... aka Wunder der Liebe II, Das (West Germany: short title)
  • Wunder der Liebe, Das (1968)
    ... aka The Miracle of Love (USA)
    ... aka The Wonder of Love (UK)

see also: Germany - sex education - sexual revolution - 1960s - 1970s

2005, Aug 09; 09:33 ::: Mario Bava

Bava joking with Jacqueline Pierreux, star of "The Drop Of Water" episode of BLACK SABBATH (1963).
I Tre volti della paura/Black Sabbath (1963) - Mario Bava, Salvatore Billitteri [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

William Berger and Edwige Fenech in Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)
Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) - Mario Bava [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

see also: Mario Bava - Edwige Fenech - Italian cinema

2005, Aug 08; 22:07 ::: Index Librorum Prohibitorum

In  chronological order of the books, here is a list of French language writers having the honor of being put on the index.
CW = complete works
1948 = was in the edition of 1948

Rabelais (CW) 
Montaigne (Essais) 
Descartes (Méditations Métaphysiques et 6 autres livres, 1948)
La Fontaine (Contes et Nouvelles)
Pascal (Pensées)
Montesquieu (Lettres Persanes, 1948)
Voltaire (Lettres philosophiques; Histoire des croisades; Cantiques des Cantiques),
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Du Contrat Social; La Nouvelle Héloïse)
Denis Diderot (CW, Encyclopédie)
Helvétius (De l'Esprit; De l'homme, de ses facultés intellectuelles et de son éducation )
Casanova (Mémoires)
Sade (Justine, Juliette)
Mme De Stael (Corinne ou l'Italie)
Stendhal (Le Rouge et le noir, 1948),
Balzac (CW)
Victor Hugo (Notre Dame de Paris; Les misérables jusqu'en 1959)
Gustave Flaubert (Mme Bovary; Salammbô)
Alexandre Dumas (divers romans)
Emile Zola (CW)
Maeterlinck (CW)
Pierre Larousse (Grand Dictionnaire Universel),
Anatole France (prix Nobel en 1921, CW à l'Index en 1922),
Andre Gide (prix Nobel, CW à l'Index en 1952)
Jean Paul Sartre (Prix Nobel (refusé), CW à l'Index en 1959).

"One could ask what did the study of literature look like in religious schools?"

Other Authors Listed

Peter Abelard,
Nicholas. Machiavelli
John  Calvin
John Milton
Baruch Spinoza
John. Locke
Bishop Berkeley
David Hume
La Mettrie
Daniel. Defoe
Jonathan. Swift
Laurence. Sterne
Emmanuek. Kant
H. Heine
J. S. Mill
G. D'Annunzio
H. Bergson.

"Without any surprise, the Index also containe many theologians and translators of the Bible, and historians of religion. For example:
Richard Simon (17-ième siècle) whose Histoire critique du Vieux Testament inaugured the critical study of sacred texts (taken up by  E. Renan and many others) and A. Loisy, (excommunicated in 1908).

Another list on the net includes the following:

"In 1966 the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ceased publication of the INDEX but claimed that it still served as a "moral guide in so far as it reminds the conscience of the faithful they must avoid writings which can be dangerous to faith & morals." Today the Church may issue an "admonitum," a warning to the faithful, that a book might be dangerous. It is only a moral guide, however, without the force of ecclesiastical law."

The following have been condemned in the INDEX for being immoral or heretical or both.


Samuel Richardson (ENG)
Laurence Stern (ENG)

Stendhal (FR)
Victor Hugo (FR)

George Sand (FR)
Honore de Balzac (FR)
Eugene Sue (FR)
A. Dumas pere (FR)
A. Dumas fil (FR)
Gustave Flaubert (FR)

Gabriele D'Annunzio (IT)
Alberto Morovia (IT)



All his love stories
All her love stories
All his love stories
All his love stories
All his love stories
All his love stories
All his loves stories


Thomas Hobbes (ENG)
Rene Descartes (FR)
Francis Bacon (ENG)

Michel de Montaigne(FR)
Benedict Spinoza(NETH)
John Milton (ENG)
Joseph Addison (ENG)
Richard Steel (ENG)

John Locke (ENG)

Emanuel Swedenborg (SW)
Daniel Defoe (ENG)
David Hume (SCOT)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (FR)
Edward Gibbon (ENG)

Blaise Pascal (FR)
Oliver Goldsmith (ENG)
Immanual Kant (GER)
Giovanni Casanova (FR)
John Stuart Mill (ENG)
Ernest Renan (FR)
Emile Zola (FR)
Andrew Lang (ENG)
Henri Bergson (FR)
Benedetto Croce (IT)
Jean-paul Sartre (FR)




All works
All philosophical works
All posthumous work
All the works
All works
All works
--via http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/indexlibrorum.html [Aug 2005]

see also: forbidden - books - Index Prohibitorum

2005, Aug 08; 20:35 ::: Forbidden Planet (1956) - Louis Barron, Bebe Barron

Forbidden Planet [SOUNDTRACK] (1956) - Louis Barron, Bebe Barron [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Listen to snippets of the tracks on Amazon.com

Louis (1920-1989) and Bebe Barron (b. 1927) were two American pioneers in the field of electronic music. They are credited with writing the first electronic music for magnetic tape, and the first entirely electronic film score for Forbidden Planet (1956). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_and_Bebe_Barron [Aug 2005]

see also: 1956 - electronic music - science-fiction film - soundtrack - forbidden

2005, Aug 08; 20:35 ::: The Trip (1967)

Film poster for The Trip (1967)

see also: 1967 - drugs in film - LSD - Roger Corman

2005, Aug 08; 17:04 ::: Bedazzled (1967) - Stanley Donen

Raquel Welch as Lust in Bedazzled (1967)

Cover of LP soundtrack to Bedazzled (1967)
image sourced here. [Aug 2005]

Absolutely superb and very rare! A sublime mix of groovy 1960s pop, weird effects and vocals ('Bedazzled', 'Love Me'), lounge jazz numbers and groovy uptempo cuts, this album scores on all counts. Dudley Moore and Peter Cook on top form, and with Raquel Welch as Lust, how can you go wrong? Look out for the recent bootleg. --http://www.blaxploitation.com/s_199.html [Aug 2005]

Funny, to find this soundtrack on blaxploitation site.

see also: 1967 - Bedazzled (1967) - British cinema

2005, Aug 08; 17:04 ::: The Young And The Evil (1933) - Charles Henri-Ford, Parker Tyler

The Young And The Evil (1933) - Charles Henri-Ford, Parker Tyler [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Book Description
Praised unflinchingly by Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein, this stunning work, first published in 1933 by the Obelisk Press, Paris, is a non-judgemental depiction of gay life and men who earn their living there, told through characters like Julian (modeled on Ford) and Karel (based on Tyler). With the added interracial connotations (book was set in Harlem and Greenwich), is anyone surprised that this title didn't clear customs across the Channel or the Pond? For decades?

Parker Tyler
Harrison Parker Tyler, better known as Parker Tyler was born March 6, 1904, in New Orleans and died in 1974.

He was an author and film critic.

He co-authored The Young and Evil (1933) with Charles Henri Ford, an energetically experimental novel with obvious debts to fellow Villager Djuna Barnes, and also to Gertrude Stein, who called it "the novel that beat the Beat Generation by a generation." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_Tyler [Aug 2005]

see also: 1933 - gay - Parker Tyler

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