Men, if you want to be a well-dressed guy, have a good pair of polished shoes. In the 1960 film, The Time Machine, creators used boiling, red-dyed oatmeal to simulate lava. Your polished shoes will not help you if you walk into Hawaiian lava. Built by Wah Chang, the machine was destroyed in a fire at George Pal’s house in Bel-Air, CA, in 1961. Simon Wells, H.G. Wells’ great-grandson, remade the film in 2002.
Georges Bernanos (Feb 20, 1888 – July 5, 1948) is the author of Diary of a Country Priest, turned into a 1951 movie of the same name. I have posted the link to this film, my favorite. Following is Wikipedia’s description of Bernanos. I made this entry because Bernanos and I see things the same way. “… Roman Catholic with monarchist leanings, he was critical of elitist thought and was opposed to what he identified as defeatism. He believed this had led to France’s defeat and eventual occupation by Germany in 1940 during World War II. His two major novels, ‘Sous le soleil de Satan’ (1926) and the ‘Journal d’un curé de campagne’ (1936), both revolve around a parish priest who combats evil and despair in the world.” The 1926 novel, Under the Sun of Satan, was made into a movie in 1987. Do not open the link to Diary, because it contains the spoiler.
1951 French film, English subtitles, almost two hours long, not the Sound of Music. Best film I have ever seen for the writing alone. I have a long way to go. There is an unexpected ending, which is only for the refined intellect. The man who played the priest of Torcy was a psychiatrist in real life. One noticeable thing is that no one locked doors in 1951.
In case you are not Catholic, know that there is no such animal as an ex-priest. This little bit of knowledge will assist you in understanding the surprise. I am not giving away the surprise by saying that I know of an incident that happened in New York City. A street sweeper witnessed an accident. A woman was hit by a car and lay dying in the street. He rushed to her side and gave her absolution.
When Cameron talks about the traditional Latin Mass, he is referring to the 1962 Missal, which is what we use. This Missal was last updated before Vatican II (1962 to 1965). There are many reasons I prefer the 1962 Missal. One is the lyrical poetry of the English translation.
To a writer and a Catholic who has devoted thousands of hours to tutoring writing and perfecting his own, language matters. Lex orandi, lex credendi - the law of what is prayed is the law of what is believed.
YouTube is a way for us from every place to communicate. Thanks, YouTube. Cameron is steering himself through a middle course but says there will be a bombshell in Part 2. He said the Vatican has seen Part 1 and has made no comment.
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
The singers sing in pseudo-Latin, but they sound great. Someone said it is ancient Romanian. The following lyrics are repeated: In nòreni per ìpe, in noreni coràh; tirà mine per ìto, ne dominà. The last time the refrain is sung, it becomes: In ròmine tirmèno, ne ròmine to fa, imàgine pro mèno, per imentirà. For me, words sometimes matter less than the feelings produced by, and the intent of, a song. Anyway, it is fun to sing the powerful lyrics with them and sound very Roman. I am no sailor, but I think tossing the stick over the side is to determine speed. One counts the seconds to pass-by. It would not be a jiffy, not on these craft, because a jiffy is 1/100 of a second.
Diary of a Country Priest (1951) is a French Art House film with English subtitles. I found the free version at last and highly recommend the film for its realism and loyalty theme. The writer did not sugar-coat anything, and the actor lost weight to play the role. Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) 1951 [Robert Bresson] - Bing video
Jesus speaks better Latin than Pontius Pilate. Short clip.
SPQR are the initials of the Latin phrase Senātus Populusque Rōmānus.
By Ssolbergj - The vexillum of the Roman Empire was a red banner with the letters SPQR in Gold surrounded by a gold wreath hung on a military standard topped by a Roman eagle or an image of the goddess Victoria made of silver or bronze, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4249122.
I gave my youngest student this picture of the vexillum. He loves history.
I saw life in raw on the streets of San Francisco. I met the cops and the whores and the reporters and the bartenders and the Chinese and the fishermen and shopkeepers. I knew them all, knew how they thought and how they loved and how they hated. When it came time for me to make motion pictures, I made movies that were real, because I knew how real people behaved. Wikipedia records that at age 12 LeRoy hawked newspapers at iconic locations, including Chinatown, the Barbary Coast red-light district, and Fisherman's Wharf, where he became educated as to the realities of life in the city. He would not have met my uncle, Sergeant John Leahy, SFPD, who worked the Chinatown Squad after LeRoy had left San Francisco. The main character in Pretty City Murder is fashioned after Uncle John. Mervyn LeRoy, b San Francisco 1900, d Beverly Hills 1987.
Wordgenius sourced the word, pronounced hak-SEE-ə-dee, and referenced Scotus. It stems from the medieval Latin, haecceitas, which comes from the Latin haec, the feminine form of hic, meaning “this.” The word hic is spoken during consecration of the wine. See the video in the post titled, “Separation.”
As a tutor, I know that each child has haecceity, this-ness, and cannot be constrained by categories. Public school tried to constrain one of my students who is a genius. He is happier in homeschooling.
Haecceity is a deeply philosophical concept attributed to Scottish Catholic priest and university professor John Duns Scotus (1265/66–1308). He defined it as a non-qualitative property of a substance or thing that is responsible for its individuation and identity, such as a particular person’s unique identity. Scotus is also where the term “dunces” originated. His opponents equated Duns’ followers, who argued against Renaissance humanism, to dullards incapable of scholarship. [Modern humanism excludes God altogether.]
When I asked my genius-student what part of a person cannot be created by another person, he said, “Personality.” We were discussing humanoids, which fascinate him. A 1962 science fiction film, The Creation of the Humanoids, which I recommend, posits that the memory of a personality is all that can be placed in a humanoid.
Painting, attributed to Guido Reni (1575–1642) or Baldassarre Francheschini (1611-1690), called il Volterrano, oil on canvas, 122 × 100 cm. Owner Galleria Corsini, Florence, Italy.
This young lady analyzes The Young Pope (television series) from a fashion point of view. In the first half this non-Catholic speaks about the crisis of faith in the modern world and the paradox of a traditional man surrounded by modernism [my term]. Many of us do not see ourselves in this crisis of faith, but we do find ourselves in the paradox, and she must know that. I get the sense from seeing and listening to her that she might find herself in the paradox, too. I disagree with her phrase, “extreme conservatism.” I would change the phrase to, “purist Catholicism.”
Update: The new movie, Mass of the Ages, has reached 1 million viewers; Parts 2 and 3 are in production. Part 1 is under the More tab.
Carnival of Souls 1962 horror, cult classic, was made on a budget of $10,000 with five crew members and Candace Hilligoss, the star. She explains on You Tube how the film was made. Candace was offered a role in another film at the same time but turned it down because there were two nude scenes and she had promised her family that she would never do a nude scene. Candace is beautiful, poised, and still living, and performed well in this creepy but unbloody film. Parts of the film, which is similar to Night of the Living Dead 1968, have been copied many times.
The new movie under the More tab now has over half a million views on YouTube and is subtitled in 20 languages, including Spanish, Italian, French, German, Chinese, and Vietnamese. At the end of the film is a long list of interpreters.
On Sept 3, 2021, Raymond de Souza wrote:
“Many of these telltale signs of demonic possession were present during the Ronald Hunkeler exorcism and were terrifyingly reproduced in the Blatty film. Priests say that after the release of the film, confessionals were never empty, and nonpracticing Catholics by the thousands returned to the practice of their Faith.”
Mr. de Souza writes weekly articles for the oldest US Catholic newspaper, The Wanderer. He was referring to a 14-year-old boy and The Exorcist 1973. Father Gary Thomas, exorcist for the San Jose diocese (CA), will back him up on the details of exorcisms. Thomas gives an excellent account on YouTube of how he does one. He grew up in South San Francisco and advised Anthony Hopkins, lead actor in The Rite 2011. The rite is spoken in Latin. The demons fear it.
One of my short stories, "Phantasmal," addresses the subject. Thomas's YouTube videos were an excellent resource. For an account of Hunkeler's exorcism, which was recorded in a Jesuit priest's diary, go here:
Streep has the exact mannerisms and speech patterns of 1964.
Charles Laughton, second favorite actor. In June, I posted a picture of my favorite actor.
Anya Taylor-Joy The Miniaturist
Barbara Stanwyck Sorry, Wrong Number
Joan Crawford Strait-Jacket
Meryl Streep Doubt
Rita Hayworth Separate Tables
Emily Blunt The Young Victoria
I spoke to Diane Baker about her performance in Strait-Jacket. She shrugged it off, but she held her own with Joan. Just a guess: the title came first and then the plot. When I told Diane I was writing a novel and was listening to dialog from movies, she asked me if it was a screenplay. No. However, over the course of several tutoring sessions, my brilliant student, Alexander, wrote a screenplay with characters and plot and some dialog. It is titled, You Only Live Ten Times, and is full of dangerous action near Area 51. An FBI agent chases an alien who is trying to obtain plans for a new nuclear weapon. The agent kills the alien ten times, but he miraculously returns to life each time. To find out more, contact me.
I could live inside the 1952 film, The Importance of Being Earnest, just to enjoy the language that surpasses all others.
Lady Bracknell says to her daughter, Gwendolyn, “You are not engaged to anyone. When you do become engaged to someone, I or your father – should his health permit him – will inform you of the fact. An engagement should come upon a girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself.”
Lady Bracknell says to Mr. Worthing, Gwendolyn's suitor, “I have always been of the opinion that a man who desires to get married should either know everything or nothing. Which do you know?”
“I know nothing, Lady Bracknell.”
“I am pleased to hear it. I do not approve of anything that tempers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate, exotic fruit. Touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately, in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatever. Are your parents living?”
“I have lost both my parents.”
“To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
In The Young Pope, we have a contrast between the current man who occupies the throne and an effective pope. Jude says that his image is not to be placed on dinner plates. He is not important. The job he does is.
Called and Chosen, (2017) a film about Father Vincent Capodanno, MM, US Navy chaplain who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, posthumously. Written and directed by James C. Kelty, the movie features reenacted scenes with James Hutson portraying Vince and interviews with marines who survived Vince's last day bringing absolution to his men on the battlefield. Died Vietnam, September 4, 1967, age 38.
In the 1938 film, You're Only Young Once, dad says, "I've never known a human being capable of learning anything valuable from happiness."
In the 1932 film, Faithless, a male character tells Tallulah Bankhead that he is a metallurgist. Miss Bankhead says, "Does metal take a lot of urging?"
The Heiress (1949) Exceptionally good movie for its realism. The TCM host did an extremely poor review. She who is young and pretty interviewed black women, and they all concluded the movie had to do with body image. Their review was strictly political. True, the star is a woman, but the theme applies equally to men and women. The theme is, “You came of age and lost your innocence.” Once I was young and easy-on-the-eyes. I was not wanted for my money, no, but for what I could do, the doors I could open, and the help I could give, not for me. TCM has fallen to the falsities of the new culture. I have not.
I recommend three French Art House films: The Diary of a Country Priest (1951), The Dialogue of the Carmelites (1960), and Léon Morin, Priest (1961). They have English subtitles. Dialogue is set during the French Revolution and stars Alida Valli, and the other two are contemporary or almost contemporary. If you like movies set in San Francisco, I recommend The House on Telegraph Hill (1951), a murder mystery starring Valentina Cortese. Telegraph gave me the idea for a switcheroo in Pretty City Murder.
By Patrick Henry October 19, 2020
Several media sources, including Breitbart News, are reporting that one of the founders of the Marxist-leaning organization disguised as a civil rights movement [Black Lives Matter] has signed a production deal with Warner Bros. Television Group to produce content across that company’s platforms.
According to a release, the contract signed between Warner Bros. and Patrisse Cullors includes programming from animation to scripted and unscripted projects and digital projects. Variety reports that the content will be available on the group’s streaming services, TV, and film.
Not scary enough for you? Read on.
Defunding the police is the least of Cullors’ radical ideas. She has called through Black Lives Matter for the elimination of all federal police agencies, including the DEA, FBI, ICE, and Border Patrol and so on. She also advocates the “Breathe Act,” which would essentially close all federal prisons and detention facilities.