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

2005, May 18; 15:48 ::: Book burning

May 10, 1933, Berlin

Burning books is often associated with the Nazi regime. On May 10, 1933, Nazis in Berlin burned works of Jewish authors, and the library of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, and other works considered "un-German".

see also: book - nazism - fire - Magnus Hirschfeld

2005, May 18; 11:58 ::: La psychanalyse du feu / Psychoanalysis of Fire (1938) - Gaston Bachelard

La psychanalyse du feu / Psychoanalysis of Fire (1938) - Gaston Bachelard [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

see also: Gaston Bachelard - 1938 - fire

2005, May 18; 11:40 ::: Harlot

The word harlot nowadays refers to a particular kind of woman, but interestingly it used to refer to a particular kind of man. The word is first recorded in English in a work written around the beginning of the 13th century, meaning “a man of no fixed occupation, vagabond, beggar,” and soon afterwards meant “male lecher.” Already in the 14th century it appears as a deprecatory word for a woman, though exactly how this meaning developed from the male sense is not clear. For a time the word could also refer to a juggler or jester of either sex, but by the close of the 17th century its usage referring to males had disappeared. --AHD

Book of the Apocalypse, also known as the Revelation to John
This extraordinary text is well-known for its unrelenting torrent of strange, often frightful imagery. In chapter 12, midway through the deluge of fire, horsemen, falling stars, and cosmic devastation, the following narrative sequence emerges:

From chapter 17:

[A]nd I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness in her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. , . . And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her with fire.

In [this] passage, the woman is overtly sexual--a harlot, dressed and jewelled like a harlot. In her drunkenness on human blood, she is cruel, violent, vampiric. The divan on which she reclines is the grotesquely phallic dragon with seven serpentine heads and ten horns. His relationship to the woman seems eroticized here, perhaps sadomasochistic. When he turns on her, his attacks are unimpeded and successful. His ghastly, sexualized violence against her culminates in a stunning spectacle of nakedness, fire, flesh-eating, and death. --via http://groovyageofhorror.blogspot.com/ [May 2005]

The Book of Revelation or The Apocalypse of John (apokalypsis is the Greek for "revelation"), is the last book and the only prophetical book of the New Testament in the Bible. Some Protestant evangelicals refer to the book as The Revelation of Jesus Christ (as the first verse states verbatim), arguing John may have recorded the revelation, but was not the originator. A colloquial form refers to the book simply as Revelations. However the most accepted title of this book of the Bible is the Book of Revelation (not Revelations).

Book of revelation
It is definitely one of the most controversial, and hardest to understand books of the Bible, with many ranging interpretations of the meanings of the various names and events in the account. The identity of the author John is not completely clear. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Revelation [May 2005]

The Whore of Babylon
The Whore of Babylon or Babylon the Great is one of several Christian allegorical figures of supreme evil, who is mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. She is associated with the figures of the Antichrist and the Beast of Revelations.

She makes her appearance in Revelations 17, in which she is described:

"the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." (Rev. 17:1-2 KJV)

She moreover bears the title, "Mystery, Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth." She is furthermore described as being "drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus." (Rev. 17:5-6) Her apocalyptic downfall is prophesied in Chapter 18. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whore_of_Babylon [Jan 2005]

see also: prostitute - Babylon - bible

2005, May 18; 11:23 ::: Bad Hair (2002) - James Innes-Smith, Henrietta Webb

Bad Hair (2002) - James Innes-Smith, Henrietta Webb [Amazon.com][FR] [DE] [UK]

From Publishers Weekly
In the grand tradition of The Mullet, Bloomsbury USA's previous foray into the world of unfortunate coiffures, Innes-Smith and Webb celebrate poor hair choices, from shaggy Fab Four 'dos to feathered sides, and from asymmetrical bobs to intricately structured curls and waves. Missing are the comb-overs, the skullets (the bald-on-top, long-in-back look) and the synthetic rugs that also warrant the insult of the book's title, but since the photos are culled from hairdressers' windows, such an absence is understandable: these were styles people felt proud of! The pictures, which were taken over the last 30 years, are unfortunately not dated; still, one might venture to propose that the 70s were particularly unflattering for men, and that the 80s were a rough decade for women. This volume is briefly diverting, and even quite funny, but, as the jacket copy admits, there isn't much to be said about a group of pictures all designed to elicit a single response: "Wow, that's bad hair." Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
A hair-raising journey through the era when big was king.

In the beginning, there was the hair. And some of the hair was bad, but it was small. As men and women everywhere worked to improve and increase their lot, however, they stumbled onto some of humankind's most miraculous innovations: spray, gel, mousse, crimping irons, and of course, the perm. With these new tools, people everywhere suddenly found themselves able to coax their lank, lifeless tresses toward glorious new heights. The age of big hair had begun.

Now, the greatest of these bouffants, afros, rakes, beehives, and Flock-of-Seagulls have been plucked from their spots in hairdressers' windows and given the respect they so clearly demand. Bigger and badder than you ever dreamed possible, Big Hair goes out to all those people of yesteryear who were unafraid to think BIG. --Amazon.com

2005, May 18; 09:28 ::: Little Anatomy of the Physical Unconscious: Or, The Anatomy of the Image (1957) - Hans Bellmer

Little Anatomy of the Physical Unconscious: Or, The Anatomy of the Image (1957) - Hans Bellmer [Amazon.com][FR] [DE] [UK]

Book Description
The drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures of Hans Bellmer (1902–1975) stand as some of the most important erotic artwork from the last century. An expert draftsman with a razor-sharp capacity for detail and an obsessive, unfettered imagination, Bellmer was able to powerfully render the imagery he saw in his mind’s eye.

In the 1950s Hans Bellmer composed a small book in which he elucidated upon the psychosexual forces that provided the impetus for his artistic works. He described the project as "a kind of little anatomy of the (physical) unconscious with text and drawings. But it will also be a rather ‘dry’ work, by which I mean something tending to be exceedingly objective and avoiding, in the interests of clarity, whims of a verbal nature. It is the natural sequel to the experiments with the Doll, but should therefore encompass everything that Surrealism has brought to light. … But there is also a certain necessity in setting down this story, a necessity that is even quite enthralling."

In 1957 the original French edition appeared of Bellmer’s Little Anatomy of the Physical Unconscious, or the Anatomy of the Image, with ten original illustrations by the artist. The book met with a positive reception from poets and literary figures such as André Breton and Jöe Bousquet, as well as a number of psychologists. Particularly impressed by the selection of poetic anagrams in the book, Man Ray telegrammed Bellmer the following anagram in response: "IMAGE = MAGIE" (Image = Magic). Although Bellmer may have striven to take an almost clinical "scientific" approach to his analysis of the physical unconscious, the work is nevertheless informed by a hyperdriven sensual awareness and a distinctly "magical" view of life.

This is the first translation of Bellmer’s text to appear in English. After nearly half a century, a new audience of readers can experience his illumination of the "purely subjective" subconscious realm of our bodies which "finds nourishment in feverish, often psycho-pathological states, including that of sexual desire."

About the Author
Hans Bellmer (1902-1975) was one of the most uncompromising artists of the twentieth century. An associate of the Dadaists and Surrealists, throughout his work he pursued a profoundly personal, eroticized vision that defies any simplistic categorization.

Bellmer was born in Katowice, Poland, to a middle-class family. As a young man he was arrested in 1922 for exhibiting artwork that "undermined the moral supports of the state." In 1923 he moved to Berlin where, under the influence of George Grosz and others, he further developed the formidable skills in draftsmanship that underlie all his later graphic work. In 1933 Bellmer abandoned his established career as a publicity artist and cultivated an increasingly obsessive relationship with the remarkable dolls he had begun to fabricate (inspired by the discovery of a box of childhood toys) and photograph. In 1938 Bellmer relocated to Paris. The following year he was arrested -- along with Max Ernst -- and sent to an internment camp for German nationals, but released after a number of months. In 1941 he threw his passport down a sewer drain. Bellmer spent the remainder of his life in France, often in difficult circumstances. He died in Paris in 1975, and is buried next to Unica Zürn in the Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Bellmer’s friendships with literary figures such as Jöe Bousquet, Paul Eluard, and Georges Bataille resulted in a number of collaborations and illustrated books. His personal relations with women were often fraught with tragedy: his first wife, Margarete, died from tuberculosis; his second marriage ended in divorce; his lover and associate Nora Mitrani died before she could complete a biography of Bellmer entitled Rose au coeur violet (Rose with a Violet Heart); and his later collaborator and lover, the poet Unica Zürn, committed suicide by jumping from the window of his apartment after a protracted struggle with schizophrenia.

Bellmer’s diverse artistic output ranged from sculpture and objets provocateur, to drawings, gouaches, engravings, and photographs. In the decades since they were conceived, these explicit creations have lost none of their power—in fact, they have only become more controversial. --via Amazon.com

2005, May 18; 09:28 ::: The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933) Wilhelm Reich

The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933) Wilhelm Reich [Amazon.com][FR] [DE] [UK]

The German freedom movement prior to Hitler was inspired by Karl Marx's economic and social theory. Hence, an understanding of German fascism must proceed from an understanding of Marxism.

In the months following National Socialism's seizure of power in Germany, even those individuals whose revolutionary firmness and readiness to be of service had been proven again and again, expressed doubts about the correctness of Marx's basic conception of social processes. These doubts were generated by a fact that, though irrefutable, was at first incomprehensible: Fascism, the most extreme representative of political and economic reaction in both its goals and its nature, had become an international reality and in many countries had visibly and undeniably outstripped the socialist revolutionary movement. That this reality found its strongest expression in the highly industrialized countries only heightened the problem. The rise of nationalism in all parts of the world offset the failure of the workers' movement in a phase of modern history in which, as the Marxists contended, "the capitalist mode of production had become economically ripe for explosion." Added to this was the deeply ingrained remembrance of the failure of the Workers' International at the outbreak of World War I and of the crushing of the revolutionary uprisings outside of Russia between 1918 and 1923. They were doubts, in short, which were generated by grave facts if they were justified, then the basic Marxist conception was false and the workers' movement was in need of a decisive reorientation, provided one still wanted to achieve its goals. If, however, the doubts were not justified, and Marx's basic conception of sociology was correct, then not only was a thorough and extensive analysis of the reasons for the continual failure of the workers' movement called for, but also and this above all-a complete elucidation of the unprecedented mass movement of fascism was also needed. Only from this could a new revolutionary practice result. --from the first page

see also: group - mass - psychology

2005, May 18; 08:57 ::: Supervillain

A supervillain is a variant of the villain character type common, often found in comic books and action and science fiction films. Supervillains often have colorful names and costume and/or other eccentricities and most concoct complex and ambitious schemes to accumulate vast power and suppress their adversaries.

Supervillains are often used as foils to superheroes and other fictional heroes. Their extraordinary brainpower and/or superhuman abilities make them viable antagonists for even the most gifted heroes.

By most definitions, the first supervillain was Professor Moriarty, the arch enemy of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective Sherlock Holmes, introduced in 1891. The first supervillain who wore a bizarre costume was The Lightning, from the 1938 film Fighting Devil Dogs, which preceded the first superhero, Superman.

Many supervillains are inspired by typical characteristics of real world dictators, mobsters, and terrorists. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supervillain [May 2005]

The supervillain stereotype applied to real life
The supervillain is a common archetype in western culture. Thus many media outlets portray real-life terrorist Osama bin Laden and dictator Kim Jong-Il in the way fiction writers often portray supervillains. The Nazis are also depicted as supervillains in a range of fictional works, including the Indiana Jones films. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supervillain [May 2005]

2005, May 17; 23:48 ::: Fictional universe

A fictional universe is a cohesive fictional world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. Fictional universes are most common in, but not exclusive to, the science fiction and fantasy genres. Many universes written in one or both of these genres feature physical and metaphysical laws different from our own that allow for magical, psychic and various other types of paranormal phenomena. Although these laws may not be completely internally consistent, they do allow the author to provide some textual explanation for how their imagined world differs from our own. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fictional_universe [May 2005]

see also: fiction - universe

2005, May 17; 23:24 ::: David Warner

David Warner, photo unidentified.

David Warner (born July 29, 1941) is a British actor, whose image might be described as "sinister."

Warner was born in Manchester, England and trained at RADA, before making an impact with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his portrayal of Hamlet quickly made him famous. In 1963, he made his film debut in Tom Jones, and in 1965 starred as King Henry VI of England in the BBC production of Shakespeare's "Wars of the Roses" cycle. Another major step in his career was the leading role in Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment (1966), which established his reputation for playing slightly off-the-wall characters.

Since then, he has specialised in playing villains. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Warner [May 2005]

Morgan! (1966) - Karel Reisz [Amazon.com]

Morgan! (also known as Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment) is a 1966 film which tells the story of a man, obsessed with Karl Marx and gorillas, who tries to stop his ex-wife from remarrying. It stars David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave and Robert Stephens.

The movie was written by David Mercer and directed by Karel Reisz. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Vanessa Redgrave) and Best Costume Design, Black-and-White. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgan%21 [May 2005]

2005, May 17; 23:24 ::: Prescriptive vs descriptive

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - American Heritage Dictionaries [Amazon.com][FR] [DE] [UK]

Ever since the furor in the U.S. that greeted Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1961) faded, it has become a given that dictionaries should be descriptive rather than prescriptive, a principle sanctified in Britain in the 1850s in Herbert Coleridge's original plan for the monumental project that eventually produced the Oxford English Dictionary. That dictionaries grow by gradual accretion of new words and new senses characterizes the latest edition of the American Heritage Dictionary... --Booklist via Amazon.com

2005, May 17; 22:59 ::: The folksonomy of "video nasties"

The ambiguities and insecurities of the “popular archivist”

For Jim Collins, “the emergence of new repositories of information such as the computer network […] exemplify the widespread reformulation of what constitutes an archive, and just as importantly what constitutes an archivist” (Collins, 1995: 25). As my analysis of “nasty” website discourse demonstrates, this new democracy of archivization (achieved through the emergence of the web) has allowed male “nasty” fans to operate like even more liberated versions of Henry Jenkins’ “textual poachers” (Jenkins, 1992), reclaiming official facts and collating memories, and giving them new uses and new meanings within the realm of the personal website.

Through the meshing together of the objective - facts, figures and lists - and the subjective - memories and nostalgia and the use of items from fans’ collections - within online archives, such fans carve a niche for themselves between the public (fan magazines such as The Dark Side, as inspiration and primary source of the facts and information used on such sites, but also wider, more legitimate bodies such as the BBFC and the DPP) and the private (the individual activities of “nasty” video collectors, who watch, order and catalogue such videos in the private spaces of their homes).

However, as Will Straw recognises, while such approaches seem to have a social, dynamic and heroic bent (with published and establishment sources being reclaimed, with ongoing archives being constructed, with dynamic memories being recounted and preserved), they also have an anti-social and insecure flipside (a “propping up” with published sources, an emotional attachment to past objects and past times, a hiding away in the stuffy realm of the archive and the collection). What the existence of such a flipside reveals is that while the uses of the “video nasty” on such sites can operate as a means of obtaining a feeling of autonomy, power and activeness for the identity-seeking fan, the ambiguities that exist behind these uses always run the risk, on more free-flowing message board discussion, of being easily exposed and opened to criticism. Particularly, if the earlier-cited message board discussion is taken into consideration, by female horror fans with differing approaches to the appreciation or consumption of horror and/or cult cinema. --Kate Egan, http://www.cult-media.com/issue3/Aegan.htm [May 2005]

2005, May 17; 22:14 ::: Tagging

Tagging (taxonomy)
In the practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords known as folksonomy, tags are descriptors that individuals assign to objects. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagging [May 2005]

Tagging (grafitti)
The simplest form of graffiti is a simple signature known as a tag, and is consequently referred to as tagging. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagging [May 2005]

2005, May 17; 22:14 ::: Folksonomy

Folksonomy is a neologism for a practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords. More colloquially, this refers to a group of people cooperating spontaneously to organize information into categories, noted because it is almost completely unlike traditional formal methods of faceted classification. This phenomenon typically only arises in non-hierarchical communities, such as public websites, as opposed to multi-level teams. Since the organizers of the information are usually its primary users, folksonomy produces results that reflect more accurately the population's conceptual model of the information. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folksonomy [May 2005]

see also: taxonomy

2005, May 17; 21:35 ::: In memoriam Luc Spruyt (1954-2005)

Luc Spruyt lived in Antwerp, Belgium, and was a counsellor and criminologist. He passed away last week.

I met with Luc on a regular basis from 2000 until 2004. He was a remarkable and wonderful person.

I express my sympathy to his family and friends.

2005, May 17; 19:19 ::: Register (linguistics)

Register (general)
A formal or official recording of items, names, or actions. --AHD

Register (linguistics)
A register is a subset of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting. For example, the average English speaker will likely adhere more closely to prescribed grammar, pronounce gerunds and present participles with a /N/ sound, and refrain from using the word "ain't" when speaking in a formal setting, but the same person could violate all of those restrictions in an informal setting; these two varieties of speech are separate registers of English. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Register [May 2005]

2005, May 17; 19:19 ::: Wilhelm Reich (1897 - 1957)

Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957), photo unidentified

Wilhelm Reich
Wilhelm Reich (March 24, 1897–November 3, 1957) was an Austrian psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and author, who was trained in Vienna by Sigmund Freud.

In the 1930s, Reich claimed to have discovered a physical energy, which he called "orgone," and which he said was contained in the atmosphere and in all living matter. He developed instruments — orgone accumulators — to detect and harness the energy, which he said could be used to treat illnesses like cancer. His views were not accepted by the mainstream scientific community.

When his Mass Psychology of Fascism, published in 1933, was banned by the Nazis, Reich realized he was in danger; he moved to the United States in 1939, where he continued his orgone research. In 1947, following a series of articles about orgone in the New Republic and Harpers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began an investigation into Reich's claims about orgone therapy, and won an injunction against its promotion as a medical treatment. Charged with contempt of court for violating the injunction, Reich conducted his own defense, which involved sending the judge all his books to read. He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

In August 1956, several tons of Reich's publications were burned by the FDA. Reich died of heart failure in jail just over a year later, one day before he was due to apply for parole. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich [May 2005]

Book burning
In 1954–55 by order tof the Justic Department, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) burned several tons of Wilhelm Reich's publications that mentioned "orgone energy". --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_burning [May 2005]

2005, May 17; 14:35 ::: Dingle Dangle no. 3

Dingle Dangle no. 3
image sourced here.

2005, May 17; 14:04 ::: The Acid Eaters (1968) - Byron Mabe

The Acid Eaters (1968) - Byron Mabe


Tagline: The film of anti-social significance.

Produced by: David F. Friedman, Friedman also produced Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1975) and Blood Feast (1963)

2005, May 17; 10:34 ::: Piero di Cosimo : Fiction, Invention and fantasia (1997) - Sharon Fermor

Satyr mourning over a nymph (c. 1495) - Piero di Cosimo

Piero di Cosimo : Fiction, Invention and fantasia (1997) - Sharon Fermor [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Harper's and Queen
"Exquisite plates of monsters, mythological scenes and religious iconography ... Fermor exposes the myths surrounding a Renaissance eccentric"

Art History
"A new and persuasive interpretation."

2005, May 17; 00:07 ::: Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden

photo by Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden
image sourced here [May 2005]

Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden
Wilhelm von Gloeden, Baron of the Court of the Hohenzollerns was born in what is now Germany. He settled in Taormina, Sicily. The Baron took up quarters in a modest villa at Taormina in 1876, with a lovely secluded garden-terrace where he photograph his models. This terrace often appears in his photos. The villagers' attitude toward von Gloeden's open homosexuality was tempered by his generous disposition and the royalties he paid his models as some images sold by the thousands. --http://www.posingstrap.com/news/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=48 [May 2005]

Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (September 16, 1856–February 16, 1931) was a German photographer who worked mainly in Italy. He is mostly known for his pastoral nude studies of Sicilian boys, which usually featured props such as wreaths or amphoras suggesting a setting in the Greece or Italy of antiquity. From a modern standpoint, his work is commendable due to his controlled use of lighting as well as the often elegant poses of his models. Innovative use of photographic filters and special body makeup contribute to the artistic perfection of his works. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_von_Gloeden [May 2005]

In the 19th century, the gradual re-discovery of the sites of antiquity in Italy and Greece fueled a new interest, if not almost a hysteria, in these old civilizations, particularly in Britain and Germany.

Accordingly, pederastic relationships again became en vogue in the life and work of artists, for example in poetry (Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, Paul Verlaine, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), literature (Oscar Wilde), paintings (Henry Scott Tuke), and photography (Wilhelm von Gloeden). --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pederasty#Western_models [May 2005]

2005, May 16; 23:24 ::: The City of Lost Children (1995)

Daniel Emilfork (1924 - ) in The City of Lost Children (1995)

The City of Lost Children (1995)

La Cité des enfants perdus / The City of Lost Children (1995) - Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

La Cité des enfants perdus (or The City of Lost Children) is a French fantasy/comedy film by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet released in 1995.

The plot revolves around a mad scientist, Krank, who lives off the coast of a surreal futuristic French city and has been kidnapping children in order to study and extract their dreams, to supplement his own inability to dream. Because he cannot dream, he has become prematurely old.

Krank is actually a genetically created man, with superior intelligence. He was created by an Inventor who also created five clones (the Inventor and the clones are all played by Dominique Pinon), a wife, and a migraine-ridden brain in a jar named Irvin to talk to.

Krank employs blind men in the city called "the Cyclops" to kidnap the children. In return, they are given a mechanical eye that enables them to see through soundwaves.

The movie begins when a sideshow strongman named One (played by Ron Perlman) witnesses an orphan he cares for, named Denree, being kidnapped. He sets out to find his "little brother", with help of a nine-year-old street urchin girl named Miette. Denree turns out to be the perfect kid that Krank has been searching for.

Also in the film are a pair of Siamese twins. They train orphans (including Miette) to steal, much like Fagin in Oliver Twist. They become upset when Miette, their best thief, and One run off and thus aim to destroy them. They attempt to get help from their former sideshow employer, a man who has trained fleas to insert poison at the command of some music. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City_of_Lost_Children [May 2005]

2005, May 16; 21:48 ::: Erika Blanc (1942 - )

Erika Blanc, photocredit unidentified
image sourced here.

Erika Blanc, photocredit unidentified
image sourced here.

Erika Blanc, photocredit unidentified
image sourced here.

Erika Blanc, photocredit unidentified
image sourced here.

La Plus longue nuit du diable (1971) / The Devil's Nightmare (1971) - Jean Brismée [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

La Plus longue nuit du diable (1971) / The Devil's Nightmare (1971) - Jean Brismée

from the cover: This is the first time this slice of demented Belgian/Italian sleaze has been available in its full widescreen glory. Featuring a collection of shifty aristos, grumpy servants and a saucy homicidal succubbus played by the lickable Erika Blanc--this is seventies gothic at its campiest best. --via Amazon.com

Erika Blanc is a succubus in
La Plus longue nuit du diable (1971) / The Devil's Nightmare (1971) - Jean Brismée [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

La Plus longue nuit du diable (1971) / The Devil's Nightmare (1971) - Jean Brismée [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

La Plus longue nuit du diable (1971) / The Devil's Nightmare (1971) - Jean Brismée [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Daniel Emilfork (1924 - )

But never mind the plot. The reason to watch this is the central character, the succubbus, as played by an eye-poppingly beautiful Erika Blanc. She is simply a joy to behold for every second that she's on the screen. You may recognize her from The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (another groovy flick--worth watching just to see her rise out of a coffin!) or Mario Bava's gothic masterpiece Kill, Baby, Kill!, but I've never seen her look better than in Devil's Nightmare. That red hair, those blue eyes, that gap in her front teeth when she flashes her temptress smile . . . she's radiant, she owns the screen.--http://groovyageofhorror.blogspot.com/2005_02_06_groovyageofhorror_archive.html [May 2005]

2005, May 16; 18:17 ::: Cinefantastique

Cinefantastique, volume 6 number 1, 1977

First issue back in 1970.
Fred Clarke was 19 years old when in 1967 published a mimeographed version of CFQ. The fanzine follows three years later and soon becomes one of the best magazines covering the fantastic cinema. --http://www.geocities.com/moviemags/cfq.html [May 2005]

European art and avant-garde/experimental films) and popular culture
Open the pages of any U.S. horror fanzine--Outre, Fangoria, Cinefantastique--and you will find listings for mail order video companies which cater to afficionados of what Jeffrey Sconce has called "paracinema" and trash aesthetics.(1) Not only do these mail order companies represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the video market,(2) their catalogues challenge many of our continuing assumptions about the binary opposition of prestige cinema (European art and avant-garde/experimental films) and popular culture.(3) Certainly, they highlight an aspect of art cinema which is generally overlooked or repressed in cultural analysis, namely, the degree to which high culture trades on the same images, tropes, and themes which characterize low culture. --Sleaze Mania, Euro-trash, and High Art, Film Quarterly, Winter, 1999 by Joan Hawkins http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1070/is_2_53/ai_59210751/pg_1 [Mar 2005]

2005, May 16; 16:58 ::: Cine erotico

Conoceis Link o pag web que trate sobre cine erotico

Hola a tod@s necesito vuestra ayuda, pues deseo encontrar alguna pag web o link donde trate sobre el cine erotico desde su comienzo. No pido que sea con videoclips, si no, que tenga fotos de aquellas secuencias que en su momento escandalizo o se censuraron en la pelicula. Como en " Tarzan y su compañera " " Salome del año 1929 " o el desnudo famoso Heidi Lamarr por ejemplo entre tantos otros. He buscado por google pero o no he sabido ecribir de forma correcta o es que no hay nada sobre el tema. Por eso acudo a vosotros haber si conoceis alguna pag con esta categoria.

En cualquier caso, hace poco tuve que hacer yo un trabajo sobre ese particular, y mi fuente de inspiracion fue esta superpagina:


... asi como todos los innumerables enlaces que te llevan aqui y alla ...

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2005, May 16; 10:04 ::: Magazines

Métal Hurlant juillet 1977
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2005, May 16; 00:19 ::: Magazines

Pagan - v7 #4 June/July/Aug. 1972
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Time - v99 #25 June 19, 1972
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The later ‘60s and early ‘70s saw a rise of interest in the occult, paganism and witchcraft. -- http://www.badmags.com/bmoccultsex.html [May 2005]

Slick (n.)
A slick is an informal word for a magazine, usually of large popular readership, printed on high-quality glossy paper. --AHD

Inspired by http://groovyageofhorror.blogspot.com/

2005, May 16; 01:17 ::: Groovy

Sex magazine from 1970
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Adj. groovy is 1853 in lit. sense of "of a groove;" 1937 in slang sense of "excellent," from jazz slang phrase in the groove (1932) "performing well (without grandstanding)." As teen slang for "wonderful," it dates from 1944; popularized 1960s, out of currency by 1980. --http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=groovy [May 2005]

The Groovy Age of Horror
The Groovy Age of Horror is a blog about paperbacks, fumetti, movies and comics of the 1970s horror boom, which has been a recent source of inspiration. --http://groovyageofhorror.blogspot.com/

The Groovy Age of Sex and Erotica
I wish there was a blog with that content, although groovyageofhorror partially fits the bill.

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