The YouTube poster responded to my comment. He said, “Merci le puy du fou pour avoir ramener cette medaile en france cest son pays.” Translated – “Thank you le puy du fou for bringing this medal back to France, it’s country.” Le Puy du Fou is a tourist attraction in France. Jacob (23) chose Joan of Arc (19), France’s greatest saint, as his Confirmation name. I recommend the film, The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962). The dialogue is the transcript of her trial in 1431. She outsmarted all the learned men.
Hunter Biden starred.
One of my students loves Horrible Histories, the books!
The next clip is funny, too.
Funniest film I ever saw is Employees' Entrance, starring Warren William, who runs his successful department store as absolute dictator, but the film is for men only, unless you are both a lady and a male chauvinist pig, like my mother was. 5 stars.
Jane Austen - literary tension - big little scene - 4 stars
Tom Jones is the first English novel.
The Confraternity is a lay group within the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
Update: I fixed the link to the film, Mass of the Ages. It is under the More Tab, New Movie. Parts 1 and 2 can now be viewed. The movie must be seen. Whole sections of the Mass were expunged, which then admitted the butchered language of the new Mass. The expungements are shown at 41 & 55 minutes of Part 2.
Deena talks about wanting everything we had before 1960 (see How Many post). Desiring the Latin Mass is not desiring a return to the past. The Latin Mass is eternal, outside of time.
Deanna stars in Christmas Holiday from 1944. In the Solemn High Mass scene are snippets from a real Midnight Mass celebrated at the former Cathedral of Saint Vibiana of Los Angeles. Durbin was a good singer.
Andrew (14) was doing additional training before Mass yesterday. At a High Mass, there are levels of increasing responsibility. Here is a short list from the top down: Master of Ceremonies, Crucifer (Head Server), Acolyte 1-Book Bearer, Acolyte 2-Bells, Thurifer and Boat Bearer. Altar boys are ages 7 - 18.
We had a visitor, Father Zachary Akers, FSSP, also a good singer, Director of Development, Clarks Summit, PA.
Domine, non sum dignus ut intres sub tectum meus...
Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof...
Tectum in Latin means roof. The word “protect” came into English by way of the Latin verb protegere, a combination of pro, meaning “in front”, and tegere, meaning “to cover”. When you protect something, in a way you’re covering it or shielding it from harm. Hence, tectum, roof.
Found Vek as a young boy singing in Czech, 1972 TV series, scene set in 1779.
Alexander (8), the boy I am tutoring this summer, received his black shirt in the mail today, part of the uniform he wears in a rock band. He has a drum set and an electronic keyboard.
F.L. Vek release date – September 12, 1972 (Czechoslovakia); run time 11 ½ hours
I love this clip from a television series, F.L. Vek. It has everything I would want. I wish I could have watched it.
From IMDb reviewer www.imdb.com/title/tt0267176/
“F. L. Vek is a legendary TV serial based on the novel by Alois Jirásek, famous Czech author of historical novels. Its central character is Frantisek Ladislav Vek, literary projection of an interesting historical person living in years 1769 and 1847. The serial catches his childhood in the village, teenage years in one Prague cloister where he was educated, young years in Prague where he was studying philosophy, and adult age after his comeback to the village. He was a big lover of art and music.
“His life was an encounter between longing and need, art and the conventional life of a village merchant, obligation and love, Catholicism and protestantism. He was a big patriot, and he consorts with many Czech artists of the time (so the serial is full of historical men and women). He also met W. A. Mozart and sang in the premiere of his opera Don Giovanni. The important theme of the time was the Czech language (in relationship with the German language) which was viewed as one main element of nationality. And the fight for it was the leitmotiv of all Vek’s life.
“This serial, which reflects the epoch of the birth of the independent Czech nation, was pictured in the similar time of 1971 when the idea of the so-called Prague Spring (1968) was suppressed by starting Normalization. The serial represents national trust in social and political changes reflected in the Czech National Revival. There were many analogies between those and these days (e.g., censorship, religion submission, totalitarianism, domiciliary search and revolt against it, braveness of revivalists...).”
Complete review on IMDb. I shortened the review, edited it slightly to fix the English, and highlighted the portion that makes the series relevant to today. Note period continuity: Missa Tridentina is the Latin Mass, and the money collector is audaciously in the choir loft!
“Nevermore” is the repetend in “The Raven”. Repetend is derived from the Latin, repetendum, meaning repetition. A Latin teacher might oft say, “Repete post me.” Repeat after me. Shakespeare asks this Roman orator to plead by repetend.
Great orations are in Henry V, too.
“Right as Episode II was approaching 1.5 million views, it was removed from YouTube over an unjust copyright strike. While we fight to get Episode II back on YouTube, we encourage everyone to visit latinmass.com/watch where you can watch the films without all those annoying ads - and in 4K!” - Cameron O'Hearn
Episode II traces the backdoor replacement of the Latin Mass with the modern Mass in the late 60s. Large sections were cut out and parts were rewritten, resulting in a dumbing-down of language and an insult of Brobdingnagian proportions to all, especially people who love words and even those who think otherwise.
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi. The way we worship is the way we believe is the way we live. One must wonder who is behind the strike.
Take me there and then press fast-forward, projecting all that stuff and me to the present.
Deus vult! Deus vult! Deus vult!
Released June 17, 2022
“This is because, besides making an overwhelmingly large percentage of the population uncomfortable, every time it pops up in a movie or TV show it comes off sounding like a lesson on the subject, instead of a natural part of the story. No one wants to pay for a lecture, when the idea was entertainment – it ruins the whole experience.” – Patriot Mom Digest, dated June 22, 2022
Patriot Mom sums up why I cut cable television permanently. No one will lecture me about what is right and wrong. I received my moral education from my parents and the Catholic catechism.
My salvation depends on it, not on instructions from for-profit companies.
Kiss … my … shoe.
I wait for this substitutio to arrive. It might be a long wait.
YouTube removed the clip. This is a phone recording, which was posted to YouTube.
Winsome Sears is an American politician serving as the 42nd lieutenant governor of Virginia. Before that she served on the Virginia Board of Education. In 2021 Sears became the first woman and the first Jamaican-born American citizen elected to statewide office in Virginia. She is referring to the Borg - see below.
Star Trek science fiction series Borg
Mass of the Ages Part 2 is released today. The link is under the More tab, New Movie. The film traces the history of the radical changes to the Mass after Vatican II. The changes appear graphically at about 37 minutes. Whole portions of the Mass were scratched and worse. I am proud to say that I am a contributing producer. Cameron O’Hearn is the young director and producer with over six years creating Catholic documentaries. He and his wife and four children attend the Latin Mass.
c. 1935 Paramount publicity photo
I watched When Were You Born, (1938) a fast-moving comedy/crime. Wong was the star, quite good and quite elegant.
Turner Classic Movies is stuck on racism…wokeism. They are missing the point, which Catholics understand, and my parents understood. Christ gives each person a challenge, a cross, to tailor that person unto His likeness.
My parents’ approach to raising children was made to order, fitting exactly into His quadrating hands. They said, “If you have a problem, overcome it. If you can’t, live with it. It will make you a better person. Otherwise, you will turn into a crybaby, whining, ‘Poor me.’”
Christ has a lot of work to do on the TCM hosts. Hired for a documentary were Asian American “professors” and Hollywood actresses to proclaim the unjust treatment of Japanese Americans in WWII, bring that forward to the present, and conclude that Asian Americans are still mistreated.
Then these woke women moved on to the Vietnam War, in which they did not participate. I have a very dear friend who lived through the war and fled Vietnam. She is a huge Trump supporter. The “professors” and actresses are expressing mere opinions, unqualified opinions at that. I listen to people who have real experience, not imaginary hurts and self-pity.
I have written extensively about the Vietnamese diaspora. My intimate contacts in San Francisco and San Jose informed the novel, short stories, and blog entries. These friends are some of the finest people I have ever met, and I will defend them to the last man, woman, and child.
Read my entry titled, China Censorship. I quote a conversation between a China-based publisher and my friend who is now living in America. She told me that her column was reduced from 4,000 words to 2,200 words to eliminate anything favorable to the West.
TCM, I pray for your enlightenment, though I have little hope for it. God must make the first move. All I can do is make my little protest here.
Rumble placed a firewall around the movie so that it cannot be censored.
News story from The Wall Street Journal, By Caitlin Ostroff and Gunjan Banerji
Updated April 20, 2022, 7:28 pm ET
Netflix Stock Price Drops 35%, Posting Biggest Fall Since 2004
For the second time this year, shares of streaming company fell sharply after it disappointed investors
The company’s results also attracted the attention of Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, who has made a $43 billion bid to buy Twitter Inc.
“The woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable,” he tweeted Tuesday night in response to a news article about the subscriber losses.
Patriot Mom Digest added:
“The content in entertainment has degraded so much over time, that what was considered adult then, is being shown to our children now. Adults are just as impressionable as children, and subliminal messaging has been sneaking through the television for far too long. Parents are noticing these subversive messages now and won’t allow companies like Netflix to alter their thoughts anymore or steal our children’s innocence.”
Disney stock tumbled, too.
I watched The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962), written and directed by Robert Bresson (1901-1999), the same man who directed Diary of a Country Priest (1951), which I have reviewed before. Classified as historical film, it holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
I have four French films in my top ten. The other two are Léon Morin, Priest (1961) and Dialogue with the Carmelites (1960). All have English subtitles. I never expected any French films to be near the top.
As pointed out by Bresson, there were no paintings of Joan done during her lifetime. He used the actual trial transcript as well as the transcript of her rehabilitation trial years later.
Bishop Pierre Cauchon (1371-1442) was the trial judge. He and all the other clerics there were anglophiles. England had occupied the northern part of France at the time. If I had been pope, I would have hauled his ass to the Vatican and flogged him and excommunicated him. Didn’t happen. Cauchon died of a heart attack at 71. They none of them liked the fact that she dressed in men’s clothing during the trial but did protect her from the lustful jailers. A group of women verified her virginity. Joan (1412-1431) was 19 when she was burned at the stake.
The questions put to Joan were very clever, but her answers were cleverer, and some questions she refused to answer. At one point, the interrogator says, “… at this trial …”, and she says, “Is this a trial?” She got hand signals from her priest-lawyer on which questions to answer, and a couple of times he flashed a small, covert smile after her answers. No one was allowed to advise her.
The court at her rehabilitation trial declared her innocent on July 7, 1456, by annulling her sentence and declaring that she had been tried on ‘false articles of accusation’. The articles and Cauchon’s sentence were to be torn out of a copy of the proceedings and burnt by the public executioner at Rouen.
My rating of the film is five stars. I would classify it as realism. I prefer films on saints rather than Christ for two reasons: 1) it is impossible to portray divinity and 2) it is too much to ask an actor to be the face of Christ. I see His face in the Eucharist and will see the real face when, hopefully, I go to heaven.
I prefer realism over sickeningly sweet films.
By Hermann Stilke (1803-1860),
Right-Hand Part of The Life of Joan of Arc Triptych, created 1843, owned by the Hermitage Museum.
This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: The author died in 1860, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years of fewer.
Just rewatched the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, released in 1968 when I was a teen and still very relevant. Now I can appreciate it and grasp it. It is about the search for the origin of man, and the ending leaves the question open. The nested story of the astronauts’ battle against the Hal 9000 computer contains several great science fiction themes: You’ve Overcome Impossible Odds; Love Endures Loss; Good Triumphs Over Evil. Both stars are still living. Recommended.
An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64, required over 100 musicians and many unusual instruments, including a wind machine made locally from scratch. Composer Richard Strauss based the piece on a journey into the Alps as a teenager. The venue for the Auburn, CA, orchestra was the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the UC Davis campus. The Mondavi’s are the wine people. The film is directed by Tommy Merry, an Auburn area resident, and features a young violin prodigy.
Britannica.com defines a recusant as an “English Roman Catholic from the period about 1570 to 1791 who refused to attend services of the Church of England and thereby committed a statutory offense.” Recusancy is alive and well in 2022, but now it is alive and well inside the Catholic Church itself. However, I and other Catholics, like many non-Catholics, refuse to accept a world view, the one circulating now, that is not benign (as claimed), not historical, not logical, and not educable.
In America, it began with the removal of prayer from the public schools. In Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421 (1962), the Supreme Court ruled that school-sponsored prayer in public schools violated the establishment of religion clause of the 1st Amendment. Common sense says, “No state church. That’s all.”
Hence the slow rise of the traditional Latin Mass and homeschooling.
Neither of my students is Catholic, and I love both of them. One is homeschooled, and the other was just received by a Catholic high school whose outlook is very broad. He will be supported and protected.
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (2016)
The documentary tells the story of Saul Alinsky, father of community organizing, and the rise of his Cultural Marxism in the Catholic Church and America. Parts 1, 2, and 3 are on YouTube. The entire documentary can be purchased from EWTN. I watched it all the way through on EWTN. Among other things, the film exposes Kinsey’s unscientific research. There is an adult content warning on that portion of the film. I highly, highly recommend the documentary from Arcadia Films.
What does the rise of Cultural Marxism in the Catholic Church and America mean and how does it relate to contemporary recusancy? I and a growing number of Catholics, as well as many non-Catholic Americans, who reject the world view that is circulating, which is Marxism, are recusing ourselves. Our means to resist the Marxist insurgency are somewhat limited, so we recuse ourselves, but not in the legal sense, i.e., we stay away from it in every way we can.
The president recently used the expression, "New World Order".
I operate in a mixed world. Traditional people do that. John Wilbye's 17th century world was not much different from today, but neither he nor I is supposed to have a better life than Christ.
1959 film – The engagement on the Mediterranean is the most exciting and most colorful scene, a recreation of ships, slaves, oars, and hand-to-hand combat. Judah Ben-Hur, played by Charlton Heston, saves Consul Quintus Arrius, played by Jack Hawkins. Thinking he has lost the battle, the Roman consul wants to die, but Ben-Hur, a slave, saves him. The costuming, armor, weaponry, vexilla, musical instruments, and masses of extras, are a wonder. I suggested to Alexander (8) that he ask his mother for a gun rack to store his multitudinous toy guns and rifles. Recommended.
Roman SPQR vexillum, flag-like standard with the famous abbreviation Senatus Populusque Romanus (The Senate and People of Rome), against blue sky and white clouds
I read the synopsis for Nocturne (1946) and realized my novel is similar. A police detective risks his career to pursue a murderer. So, I decided to watch the film noir. I love George Raft, all the dames are knockouts with motives, and you won’t know who the murderer is until the end. George’s Mom is a kick. One good fight scene and coffee is splashed in a lug’s face. I would have liked some face-slapping and doors being slammed shut, but there is a good …
No wonder that several readers of Pretty City Murder said it has a 1950’s feel. One explanation is that I had Raymond Chandler’s novel under my word doc. No, I didn’t copy anything, but he gave me some ideas. The House on Telegraph Hill handed me a plot trick, but I switched it. If my novel were made into a movie, I would ask that Chopin’s Nocturne Opus 32 No. 2 in A-flat Major be played. The Nocturne is in the Music category, 1/31/22.