The Indifferent – I Racconti http://i-racconti.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 15:01:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://i-racconti.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-150x150.png The Indifferent – I Racconti http://i-racconti.com/ 32 32 The latest detective fiction: women deliver their own vision of sexual violence https://i-racconti.com/the-latest-detective-fiction-women-deliver-their-own-vision-of-sexual-violence/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 14:58:01 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/the-latest-detective-fiction-women-deliver-their-own-vision-of-sexual-violence/ Having long escaped their relegation to the softer fringes of the thriller genre, female writers have brought their own take on darker themes, including the sexual violence that has become a staple of detective writing today. In The eye of the beholder by Margie Orford (Canongate, £16.99), Cora Berger is a South African painter who […]]]>

Having long escaped their relegation to the softer fringes of the thriller genre, female writers have brought their own take on darker themes, including the sexual violence that has become a staple of detective writing today. In The eye of the beholder by Margie Orford (Canongate, £16.99), Cora Berger is a South African painter who moved to London after her parents were killed in a car crash. Outwardly fearsome, she has a fondness for creepy, dominating men, and finds herself under the spell of a wealthy art collector named Fournier, who has a cabin tucked away deep in the Canadian wilderness.

We are also introduced to Angel, a much younger woman who has a violent history – the result of horrific sexual exploitation at the hands of her stepfather. Recently released from prison, she now works for a conservation organization, tracking the local wolf population – an apt metaphor for someone who has fallen victim to humans. The two women, apparently quite different, overlap in Canada, and are linked by Fournier, whose initial charm hides a taste for sado-masochistic sex and particularly depraved pornography.

As the novel progresses, we move differently between Canada, London, Scotland and South Africa, and each of the very different settings are vividly portrayed; the descriptive writing is particularly good. Slowly, Cora and Angel’s painful stories emerge, and those reveals are handled well, without the awkwardness that often occurs when a story is put on hold while its characters’ stories are told. It is ultimately a novel about sexual violence, and may confuse some readers, especially males, who will notice that the few sympathetic men have only minor roles. But both the viciousness of the abuse the women suffered and the brutal violence of the revenge they ended up exacting ring a disturbing truth.

little deaths by Rijula ​​Das (Amazon Crossing, £11) is a real find – a masterful debut album, released somewhat improbably by the translation arm of the juggernaut’s publishing division. Tilu Shau is a hack novelist and a commonplace member of a lower caste in present-day Kolkata. He falls in love with Lalee, who works and lives at the Blue Lotus, a brothel presided over by the fearsome Shefali Madam. When another resident working at the Blue Lotus is found horribly murdered – the acid has disfigured his face – the police respond with characteristic indifference and Lalee is moved upstairs to take the place of the dead woman. The romantic Tilu decides to rescue Lalee from sexual servitude, but finds his Galahad mission hampered by further acts of violence and by several startling secrets he uncovers.

The setting of the Blue Lotus seems cliché at first – dorky customers, corrupt police and indifferent politicians. But the multiple viewpoints are expertly handled and give each character a distinct, vivid self. Even minors resonate, including the fictional lonely fan of Tilu, a European escort prized for her whiteness, and Deepa, a middle-class NGO worker, and her Parsi husband. The plot is deftly handled, moving almost effortlessly towards the bittersweet ending. It’s a very successful start.

Suspicious by Scott Turow (Swift Press, £20) arrives, uncharacteristically for this writer, equipped with a female protagonist, which at first seems like a gamble that won’t pay off. Veteran Turow works awfully hard to establish contemporary credentials: Pinky, his heroine, is a bisexual private investigator, adorned with tattoos and a face piercing, and often rude – delicious Mexican carnitas at a favorite restaurant rival with a G-spot orgasm.’. But once she tackles her latest case, she begins to grow on the reader, proving to be both self-aware and savvy.

At the start of the novel, local police chief Lucia Gomez is accused of sexual harassment by three male officers. Pinky’s employer, a lawyer named Rik Dudek, is an old friend of Lucia and represents her in court which follows; he also includes Pinky in his meetings. To their surprise, it turns out there’s something to the charges: the chief admits that she had sex with two of the officers, but with their consent. Why then do men complain?

The answer is only gradually reached, as Pinky uncovers a series of subplots that slowly come together. The characters include a sinister and mysterious neighbor, known to Pinky as the Weird One, whom she cynically seduces after all his efforts to find out what he is failing. As with any Turow novel, unexpected revelations vary the pace and keep us going through a convoluted plot. If the pleasures of history are largely predictable, they are no less considerable.

In Impossible by Erri de Luca, translated by NS Thompson (Mountain Leopard Press, £14.99), two men were walking separately in the Italian Dolomites when one of them falls and dies. A local magistrate becomes convinced that he was pushed off the mountain by the surviving hiker. The interrogations that follow constitute the heart of this lean and engaging novel, supplemented by letters that the accused writes to his companion back home.

Incriminating facts emerge little by little. The accused is a factory worker with radical political convictions, and the dead man was a former comrade, who betrayed him by revealing a terrorist plot to the authorities. The accused thus spent several years in prison. Other ties between the two men surface, as the prosecutor scrambles to extract a confession from the unrepentant – or innocent (we can’t be sure) protagonist. There is one last ingenious gesture from the examining magistrate which the accused manages to avoid.

A plot summary doesn’t do justice to how captivating this almost skeletal tale is. The writing is similarly stripped down, but has a deep lyrical intensity – or at least the English translation has. One ends up unsure of what really happened in the desolate peaks of the Dolomites, and it’s unclear why the mystery is so poignant. But he is.

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A tribute to Leonard Cohen’ – London Jazz News https://i-racconti.com/a-tribute-to-leonard-cohen-london-jazz-news/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:17:57 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/a-tribute-to-leonard-cohen-london-jazz-news/ Various Artists – Here it is: a tribute to Leonard Cohen (Blue Note 4565996. 2 LP. Album review by Richard Lee) Well, here it is…even if, in a way, it isn’t. If seeing a tribute to Leonard Cohen published on Blue Note suggested one Hal Willner compilations that shed new light on Monk, Mingus as […]]]>

Various Artists – Here it is: a tribute to Leonard Cohen

(Blue Note 4565996. 2 LP. Album review by Richard Lee)

Well, here it is…even if, in a way, it isn’t. If seeing a tribute to Leonard Cohen published on Blue Note suggested one Hal Willner compilations that shed new light on Monk, Mingus as good as Kurt Well and the songs of waltz disney, that’s not quite it. What we get is a collection of lovingly crafted Cohen songs from every point in his catalog performed by an excellent band and roster of mature singers from the most polished realms of jazz and rock, usually under the influence of the composer and his performances over the years. They stop long enough to get any impressions on him, even though I did a double take at Pierre-Gabrielinterpretation of the title song, James Taylor scratch its lowest register to come back to you, while Iggy PopThe growling question of wanting it darker made me laugh even more than when Lenny originally asked.

The project is the brainchild of Cohen’s friend larry kleinis no stranger to the interface of jazz with contemporary song (notably its River tribute to his ex Joni Michelle with Herbie Hancock) and his wife Luciana Souza offer a candy Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye. In the same way,Sarah Maclachlan is very faithful to Alleluia but brings nothing more to it than comparisons with all the muses of Cohen like Jennifer Warnes who sang on the original but whose wariness to record it herself should be a warning to anyone who insists on similarly approaching this most ubiquitous Cohen canon. Hopes were high for Mavis Staples inject some soul into If such is your will; they were up but did not fly away. As for the other men, I wasn’t really clear what Gregory Porter brought to Susannawas also indifferent to by David Gray take charge So long ago Nancyalthough much more taken with Nathaniel Rateliff Famous Blue Raincoat.

There is something of a jazz sensibility brought by the It’s here group assembled by Klein with Bill Friselle at his head. He is, as has been his way lately, quietly brilliant, earning the honors of closing the album with bird on the wire, like his recent American classics. But it’s unassuming, as is the confident foreground band interaction here and in the other instrument. Avalanche. with the impressive alto of Emmanuel Wilkins who in many ways is the key lead vocal on all tracks.

The problem is that while the drummer Nate Smith‘s perfectly delivered but quite relentless Cohen-lope seems to run through the whole album, it becomes a conscientious uninterrupted mix on 12 titles: Berlin is not taken; the Jazz Police don’t come looking for you. And I kinda wish if they had covered that last one, it could have been with Peter Brotzmann….

List of tracks:

  1. Direct your way – norah jones
  2. It’s here – Pierre-Gabriel
  3. Suzanne- Gregory Porter
  4. Hallelujah – Sarah McLachlan
  5. Avalanche- Emmanuel Wilkins
  6. Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye – Luciana Souza
  7. Coming back to you – James Taylor
  8. You want it darker – Iggy Pop
  9. If it is your will – Mavis Staples
  10. So long ago, Nancy – David Gray
  11. Famous Blue Raincoat – Nathaniel Rateliff
  12. Bird on the wire – Bill Friselle

Personal:

Guitarist Bill Frisellesaxophonist Emmanuel Wilkinspianist Kevin Haysbass player Scott Colleydrummer Nate Smith with additional contributions from Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar and Larry Golding on organ.

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10 Movie Sequels Released Too Late https://i-racconti.com/10-movie-sequels-released-too-late/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 05:16:00 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/10-movie-sequels-released-too-late/ Late movie sequels have always fascinated audiences, giving viewers the chance to witness another adventure with their favorite characters. While some late-movie sequels were big hits, others proved far less appealing to avid moviegoers. Following the latest rumors that Indiana Jones 5 the drug tests were disastrous (Via World reel)audiences reflect on other disappointing sequels […]]]>

Late movie sequels have always fascinated audiences, giving viewers the chance to witness another adventure with their favorite characters. While some late-movie sequels were big hits, others proved far less appealing to avid moviegoers. Following the latest rumors that Indiana Jones 5 the drug tests were disastrous (Via World reel)audiences reflect on other disappointing sequels that came years after the original.


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These cinematic follow-ups failed dramatically to live up to the hype, with viewers returning dissatisfied with how they built on their superb predecessors. Audiences feel that these sequels came too late after the release of the original movies, as they look tired or dated compared to other modern blockbusters.

10/10 The Birds II: The End of the World

1994

The Birds 2 Lands End a family flees a flock of birds

by Alfred Hitchcock The birds is one of cinema’s greatest horror films, introducing audiences to the terrifying invasion of a flock of birds in Bodega Bay. This 1960s classic received a made-for-TV sequel in 1994, titled The Birds II: end of the world, and its story of killer birds terrorizing a seaside resort contains none of the menace of Hitchcock’s spooky offering.

With its abundance of subplots and its surprisingly heavy focus on the town’s miscreant citizens, The Birds II: The End of the World features none of the suspense of Hitchcock’s original. The film’s embarrassing special effects make it increasingly difficult for viewers to take the bird attacks seriously, leaving the film feeling particularly dated alongside other 90s releases.

9/10 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The IndianaJones became one of Hollywood’s biggest adventure franchises, with the determined archaeologist’s journeys around the world captivating audiences. 2008 sees the release of the adventurer’s long-awaited fourth outing, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, although the resulting film was a big disappointment among fans.

Regarding Indiana’s quest for the mysterious Crystal Skulls, this bizarre outing for the archaeologist ignores a lot that the original IndianaJones the films represented. Director Steven Spielberg’s heavy use of CGI means the film fails to capture the charm of the original films, which used some of Hollywood’s most impressive physical effects. Meanwhile, its weird sci-fi elements feel totally out of place, with the franchise’s previous supernatural elements having otherwise taken on more of a religious nature.

8/10 Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania

2017

Penguins surf with the Hang Five gang in Surf's Up 2 Wavemania

surf is one of the most popular animated offerings of 2007, charming audiences with its portrayal of a penguin surfing contest. The quirky animated feature received a second release ten years later, with Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania, although the sequel seemed significantly less successful with viewers.

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While the original characters all return, Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania largely focuses on a new set of penguins, voiced by various wrestling superstars. This desperate attempt to attract a new audience fails spectacularly, with the voices of the wrestlers clashing considerably with the otherwise lovable penguin models. The original film was also released when the penguin films were popular with casual audiences, with films such as happy feet and Penguins of Madagascar generating impressive results at the box office, making SurfThe less than stellar sequel is particularly outdated.

7/10 tron the legacy

2010

Daft Punk appears in Tron Legacy

tron is one of the most influential science fiction films, with its groundbreaking visual effects having influenced modern cinema. Its late sequel, tron the legacy, didn’t quite capture audiences’ attention in the same way, with its central narrative regarding Sam’s journey through the cyber world proving somewhat underwhelming for moviegoers.

While the original tron was released at a time when computers were a new development, tron the legacy hitting cinemas in a world where electronic systems such as laptops and game consoles had become commonplace. As a result, the film’s cyberworld features none of the original’s plot, with audiences already aware of what a “virtual world” can be. The special effects also leave little to be desired, with many feeling they’ve aged poorly since the 2010s.

6/10 The Jungle Book 2

2003

Characters play drums in The Jungle Book 2.

Disney Animation The jungle Book is a particularly delightful outing from the animation studio, with its lovable characters and the heartwarming story of a young child raised by wolves that won over audiences when it debuted in 1967. In 2003, Disney chose to release The Jungle Book 2, which follows Mowgli’s return to the jungle after joining the Men’s Village and is significantly less successful than its predecessor.

Coming many years after the original, The Jungle Book 2 is an extremely derivative film, copying many of the same themes from the first film. The sequel’s storyline also recreates many of the same song-and-dance routines from the 1967 classic, such as the iconic “Bare Necessities” number, resulting in a late release that feels like a totally unnecessary feature.

5/10 The Matrix Resurrections

2021

Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity in Matrix Resurrections

the original Matrix is one of the most influential films in cinema, with its spectacular visual effects that captured the imagination of viewers. 2021 The Matrix Resurrections offered a return to the great virtual world, as computer programmer Anderson discovers his true identity as “The One”, however, the resulting image left viewers bitterly disappointed.

Set a few decades after the last film, The Matrix Resurrections follows the same narrative beats as the first film, with Neo once again tasked with “following the White Rabbit” and uncovering the truth about the Matrix. The film also leaves audiences with many unanswered questions, with its confusing narrative preventing the sci-fi film from capturing the magic of the original.

4/10 Psycho II

1983

Bates stands outside the Bates Motel in the Psycho II poster

Released in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s psychology delivered a truly gruesome story to audiences, with the occupants of the Bates Motel falling victim to the deranged serial killer Norman Bates. 1983 Psycho II promised an equally chilling experience for moviegoers, featuring Norman’s return to his iconic motel, though the resulting movie leaves little to be desired.

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Psycho II does not contain any of the subtleties of the previous episode. While Alfred Hitchcock left much of the violence to the imagination, Psycho II focuses heavily on blood and gore, which makes Hitchcock’s absence behind the scenes noticeable throughout the film.

3/10 The Return of Superman

2006

Brandon Routh as Flying Superman in Superman Returns

by Christopher Reeves Superman is one of cinema’s most iconic franchises, with Metropolis’ noble superhero captivating audiences in 1978. Decades later, Warner Bros. chose to revive the series with 2006 The return of Superman. This action-packed outing from director Bryan Singer failed to garner the same amount of interest, with audiences seemingly oblivious to Superman’s battle against Lex Luthor.

With movies like Spiderman 2and X2 After demonstrating the immense potential of the comic book genre, audiences expected more from Superman’s big return to the big screen. Although the film features one of the most beloved characters,The Return of Superman failed to capture the charm of Reeves’ original films, with his weak characterization proving particularly underwhelming.

2/10 Blair Witch

2016

A man and his dog take a walk in the woods of Blair Witch

the original Blair Witch Project proved a major hit in 1999, leaving viewers intrigued by the enigmatic mystery of the titular Blair Witch. 2016 saw the release of its sequel, Blair Witch, which followed YouTuber James’ investigation into the disappearance of his sister Heather. Unfortunately, the film failed to impress moviegoers, who found it derivative of the original.

Blair Witch follows much the same plot as the first episode, with James and his friends leading their own exploration of the Blair Witch mythos. While the idea of ​​found footage was a unique concept during The Blair Witch Project release, its sequel opened at a time when cinemas had become saturated with this style of cinema. Therefore, Blair Witch contains nothing of the novelty of its most successful predecessor.

1/10 Bambi II

2006

An image of Bambi II/Bambi 2.

Beginning in 1942, Bambi provides one of Disney’s most emotional films, as the titular stag finds himself lost after the brutal murder of his mother. Its sequel arrived in 2006, under the name of Bambi II, and offers deeper insight into Bambi’s grief for his dead mother. However, this animated film proved somewhat disappointing to mainstream audiences, who disapproved of its lighter tone compared to the first film.

Whereas Bambi offers a sweet learning tale with fleeting moments of comedy, Bambi II takes a more comedic approach. This rather embarrassing animated feature includes some of Disney’s worst jokes to date, with an emphasis on toilet humor, which makes for some truly goofy moments. Plus, its inclusion of 2000s pop music gives it a horribly dated feel and further highlights the creative differences between Bambi II and the original from 1942.

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Cincinnati narrowly misses signing 5-star goaltender Isaiah Collier https://i-racconti.com/cincinnati-narrowly-misses-signing-5-star-goaltender-isaiah-collier/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:47:16 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/cincinnati-narrowly-misses-signing-5-star-goaltender-isaiah-collier/ CINCINNATI — Five-star point guard Isaiah Collier — the top-rated prospect in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports — signed on with USC on Wednesday afternoon. He announced his decision with ESPN’s Paul Biancardi on Collier’s Instagram account, choosing the Trojans over fellow finalists Cincinnati, Michigan and UCLA. Collier is also expected to sign […]]]>

CINCINNATI — Five-star point guard Isaiah Collier — the top-rated prospect in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports — signed on with USC on Wednesday afternoon. He announced his decision with ESPN’s Paul Biancardi on Collier’s Instagram account, choosing the Trojans over fellow finalists Cincinnati, Michigan and UCLA. Collier is also expected to sign her official Letter of Intent today.

“I will continue my college and athletic career in Southern California,” Collier wrote on Instagram Live. “The connection that I built with all the coaches, it was like a family atmosphere. … I mean, LA is LA, so I liked everything. … It was really comfortable. My brother lives there , my mother is from there, so I think it was the best solution, really.

Cincinnati narrowly missed a talent that could alter the schedule. It’s a blow to head coach Wes Miller and the Bearcats, who were really into it until the very end with Collier. It is also encouraging. Miller and his team, particularly assistants Chad Dollar and Andre Morgan, went all-in on Collier. The program “nothing was sparedincluding welcoming the Atlanta native during an unofficial visit last weekend when his Wheeler High School team was in town to tackle local Sycamore High. It wasn’t quite enough for the Bearcats in the end, but the effort was indicative of Miller’s philosophy of aiming for elite prospects.

“It takes a lot of balls, to be honest. Everybody (Cincinnati) is swinging for a home run, and sometimes with homerun hitters, you’re going to hit,” said Darnell “Shep” Shepherd, Collier coach and assistant varsity coach at Wheeler.. “But it takes a lot of heart and belief in what you do as a coaching staff and in a program to exclusively target those types of players. Many programs will not.

Despite rumors and suggestions in recruiting circles that Collier had been headed to USC for months, Shepherd and Wheeler head coach Larry Thompson – who is also Collier’s uncle – insists on the fact that the sentiment is not true and that Collier would not make a final decision until Tuesday evening. .

“I think it’s just the people who want to be first. Honestly, there’s no merit to (rumors that Collier had already made up his mind). Literally no one around him said anything different to a school,” Shepherd said.. “We are all of the same accord. Zay drives the bus for lack of a better term. We have constant conversations. He was very direct in letting all the (university) coaches know that he wanted to see the games first. This whole notion or thought that it has been known for months is a lie. It’s an outright lie. If it ends up being USC, he didn’t have that determination months ago.

The end result does little to dull the sting of the UC and Bearcats faithful, though Miller and his staff deserve credit for how Cincinnati emerged as a runner-up among blue blood programs. Miller and the Bearcats prioritized Collier for months, harboring him on an official visit in February and traveling to see him in Atlanta as often as recruiting rules allowed. Miller was relatively early on Collier, before becoming the No. 1 prospect in the nation, but he’s a player who’s attracted interest from the SEC and other Southern programs since he was in college.

Cincinnati was able to establish a bond with Collier and his entourage that surpassed most other programs through a combination of Miller’s vision for his team and the excitement of the Bearcats fan base. As much as Collier was uninterested in the pomp and circumstance of the recruiting, the enthusiasm for UC resonated with him.

“Especially in a sports city like Cincinnati where they really care about their sports, they let you know, good, bad or indifferent,” Shepherd said. “It’s an environment that’s prepared for the olden days, when Cincinnati was historically and eternally one of the best teams in the country.”

Miller and the Bearcats are working to get back to it, and adding Collier would have launched that effort into hyperdrive. But Cincinnati still has a strong recruiting class in 2023, including a pair of top 60 prospects in four-star hometown Rayvon Griffith and Orlando four-star point guard Jizzle Jamesand the team is loaded Flory Bidunga, five-star big man of 2024 as the Bearcats prepare to join the Big 12 this summer.

“From what I understand, a lot of money is being pumped into the program to make sure it looks a certain way for this Big 12 transition,” Shepherd said.. “When you have the resources and an administrative staff who want a winner and a national program, and then you have a coach and staff who are all on the same page, great things are on the way for UC.”

That won’t include Collier, but Miller and the Bearcats can close the book on that recruit knowing they did everything in their power to make it happen. For the first time in a long time, Cincinnati felt like a real player on the biggest stage for a five-star prospect. It’s all part of Miller’s plan as he working on rebuilding the programembrace the team’s history of success and restore the Bearcats’ relevance.

When he was hired in April 2021, Miller emphasized that he wanted the foundation of his culture at UC to be “think really, really big and work really, really small.” Cincinnati’s pursuit of Collier represented both of these ambitions. The Bearcats fell short this time, but Miller believes valuing process over results will eventually pay off.

(Photo: Arielle Holloway / Courtesy @scoottoookit)

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REVIEW | ‘Sense and Sensibility’ meets marriage and money | arts and entertainment https://i-racconti.com/review-sense-and-sensibility-meets-marriage-and-money-arts-and-entertainment/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 17:20:01 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/review-sense-and-sensibility-meets-marriage-and-money-arts-and-entertainment/ Kate Hamill’s theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” is the latest FSU/Asolo Conservatory production. Hamill’s play is a comedy; Austen’s novel is not. This double vision is the comic engine of the play. The playwright’s comedic strategy assumes you know the source material. Based on audience feedback, a lot of people did. With […]]]>

Kate Hamill’s theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” is the latest FSU/Asolo Conservatory production.

Hamill’s play is a comedy; Austen’s novel is not. This double vision is the comic engine of the play.

The playwright’s comedic strategy assumes you know the source material.

Based on audience feedback, a lot of people did. With the eagerness of a “Rocky Horror” crowd, they reacted in advance to the twists and quotes of the tale. (Hardcore Jane Austen fans, no doubt.) They knew the story cold and hard.

In case you skipped your Jane Austen reading homework, here’s the gist.

England is the place; 1811 is the time. Mr and Mrs Dashwood and their three daughters, Elinor (Rebecca Rose Mims), Marianne (Sharon Pearlman) and Margaret (Brielle Rivera Headrington), live happily on a large estate in Sussex.

Then Mr. Dashwood suddenly falls dead. Their happiness also dies.

Through primogeniture, John (Rickey Watson Jr.), the sisters’ spiky little half-brother, inherits everything. His uncharitable wife (Brooke Turner) tells him to keep it. He says, “Yes my dear.” And expels the women of the family.

Isáyah Phillips, Sharon Pearlman and Rebecca Rose Mims speak in “Sense and Sensibility”. (Courtesy of Frank Atura.)

Except for a meager allowance, Dashwood’s widow and three daughters lose everything. A family friend offers accommodation in a small cottage in Cornwall. Margaret is still a child. But Elinor and Marianne are marriageable.

Hooking up a suitable (i.e.: “rich”) husband is their only way out of the cottage. Luckily, the sisters meet two suitable suitors.

Marianne finds the debauched Willoughby (Trezure Coles). Elinor reunites with soulful Edward Ferrars (Isayah Phillips). Love is blooming! Then, without explanation, the suitors dump the sisters.

Will true love bring them together? Most of you probably know this. Otherwise, read the book or go see the play.

It may sound like a love story, but it’s not. At least not to the gossip that keeps tabs on the Dashwood sisters’ misfortune. In their materialistic mind, fortune is the real story.

Their chatter about marital issues sounds like a stock market report….

Lord X is going to receive a huge inheritance when his mother croaks. (Uptick!) The Dashwood sisters lose their fortune. (Massive sale!)

These nosy high-society idiots are fully aware of the sisters’ lost love and utterly indifferent. Marry for love? What’s love got to do with it? Sensible ladies marry for the money. Sensible gentlemen are also calculating.

These gossips laugh at the story of the sisters. But they are outside and looking inside. They are blind to the story of the heart.

For Elinor and Marianne, this inner story is sad as hell. Hamill tells this story. But his acting is still hilarious.

How does she do it? I’ll get back to you on that.

Director James Dean Palmer kicks off Hamill’s farce. Its physical comedy owes a huge directorial debt to Monty Python. The men in cross-dressing speak in the shrill manner of the “Pepperpot”. Other actors simulate horses by hitting coconuts together.

Thanks to Palmer’s staging, the audience alternates between laughter and sobs. But he’s just true to script.
Hamill’s piece is more like two pieces. One is a ridiculous game; the other is a tearful tragedy.

They don’t go together. But they’re stuck in the same theatrical elevator.

The actors of the conservatory make the most of this schizoid saga. Some play it frankly.

Elinor de Mims is a rational being who keeps her heart on a leash and her thoughts to herself. Pearlman’s Marianne is a free spirit who follows her heart and speaks her mind. As for their idols, Phillips’ Ferrars is a good guy. Willoughby de Coles is a cad, but still a good boy. Neither wanted to hurt the ladies. Both did. They blame wills, inheritances and hormones.

(It’s like the company’s fault, you know?)

Strolling on the silly side, Mrs. Jennings is a relic of the Georgian sentimental age. She feels and springs and shares.

The thirties of the sensitive Regency generation are rolling their eyes.

(Think of an aging hippie chatting to stockbrokers in the ’80s.)

Headrington’s childlike Margaret provides periodic comic relief, but does not overdo it. She would be irritating like a kid in her own right.

Hamill’s comedy/tragedy comes to life in Jeffery Weber’s versatile setting. It is part strong tree, part MC Escher’s dream and totally devoid of historical realism. Equally ahistorical are Jordan Jeffer’s wacky costumes. All this wildly creative mash-up of genres, genres and rules, adds up to a very fun piece. I laughed, but I didn’t know why.

And what kind of game is it anyway?

This is not a parody of Austen’s novel. Hamill takes storytelling seriously and cares about his characters. But she wraps him in a fluffy ball of superficial nonsense. Why is it funny? And who is she kidding?

My best guess? The ruling class of Regency England was mad to keep up appearances. Vanity, illusion, flash and filigree, exuberance, illusion, pose and pretension. As the saints have always said, none of this matters.

In the minds of the English top flight, that was all that mattered. That’s what Hamill laughs at.

She loves history. She hates society. To find? Without reading Austen’s novels, probably not.

It would be like watching “Blazing Saddles” if you had never seen a western.

Jane Austen superfans will definitely get the joke. They will come to Hamill’s play with a granular prior knowledge of Regency society that the story satirizes. They know this society so well that they don’t even have to think about it.

Good thing. Regency society was downright wicked. If you think about it too much, it starts to spoil the fun.

England in 1811 was a dystopia for 50% of its inhabitants.

Women had no property rights – including upper-class women. They were totally dependent on powerful men for their lives and livelihoods. It was a man’s world and a woman’s nightmare. It’s not funny at all.

But don’t listen to me, dear reader.

Do not think. Just laugh and enjoy the game.

It’s the sensible thing to do.


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The Lens of American Hatred – Northern Iowan https://i-racconti.com/the-lens-of-american-hatred-northern-iowan/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 17:27:58 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/the-lens-of-american-hatred-northern-iowan/ Editor’s Note: This article is from the Iowa Capitol Dispatch, November 1, 2022. The road to hell is no longer paved with good intentions. Asphalt is hate. Chances are you’ve experienced it recently. Someone may have confronted you because of their race or ethnicity. A study shows that 22% of Americans have encountered this or […]]]>

Editor’s Note: This article is from the Iowa Capitol Dispatch, November 1, 2022.

The road to hell is no longer paved with good intentions. Asphalt is hate.

Chances are you’ve experienced it recently.

Someone may have confronted you because of their race or ethnicity. A study shows that 22% of Americans have encountered this or had their property damaged because of their skin color or culture.

You may hate someone you loved because of a divorce. About half of all marriages lead to dissolution. Between 40% and 80% of them will have suffered one or more episodes of violence or abuse.

Many couples struggle in love-hate relationships. Sabrina Romanoff, a clinical psychologist, says that people from roller coaster partnerships look for excitement. They endure aggression and frustration so they can experience passion, mistaking it for intimacy.

Hatred has stained journalism, causing many of us to react bitterly to the news. The United States ranks last out of 46 countries in media trust. Only 29% of us trust reports.

You may have experienced hate or expressed some of your own in a social media post. A recent study found that 41% of Americans have experienced online harassment, 27% of which was serious, “including sexual harassment, stalking, physical threats, swatting, doxing, and sustained harassment”.

Then there are secrets. The people who keep them may end up hating others or even themselves. American Scientist cite research linking the secret to “increased anxiety, depression, poor health symptoms and even faster disease progression”.

Hate afflicts politics. In the past, our motto was perhaps “E Pluribus Unum”, among many, one; but which metamorphosed into “E Pluribus Duo”, among several, two: the Republicans and the Democrats.

And not just any Republican. Many hate the RINOs (Republicans in name only). What exactly does this pejorative term mean? RINOs believe in less government, a strong military, and the US Constitution. Go figure.

And not just any Democrat. There are so many wings – progressives, old guard, new guard, moderates and conservatives. Few of them propose flies in Congress even though they hold a majority.

Politics is so toxic that many of us hate our opponent’s party more than we love our own, spouting partisan epithets in person or online.

Hate speech, however infuriating, is not a crime. The US Department of Justice cites first amendment protections, noting that people cannot be prosecuted for beliefs, even racist ones. Nevertheless, freedom of expression does not protect those whose criminal conduct is rooted in philosophical beliefs.

Hate crimes are on the rise. The DOJ reports that some 8,052 incidents occurred in 2020, resulting in 11,126 casualties.

Hate erupts in sectarian violence as evidenced by several mass shootings, including the Grocery store massacre tops in Buffalo, NY Or it may result political violence as during the uprising of January 6, 2021.

People collectively hate feeling a sense of belonging. Extremist groups pose a distinct threat. The Rand Corporation conducted a study on why people join these groups, noting factors such as financial instability, mental health, marginalization, recruitment, propaganda and, in particular, social connections.

Interviewees expressed a renewed sense of empowerment, viewing band members as family and friends.

Americans exist “in a perpetual state of love and hate”, according to The Guardiana British newspaper,

Isn’t love the opposite of hate? Not necessarily. Love and hate are two sides of the same emotional coin.

A psychological study titled “The deeper the love, the deeper the hate” focused on the relationship between these intense feelings. Love flourishes through shared values, but turns to hate after betrayal.

The late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, believed the opposite of hate is indifference:

“I have come to the conclusion that the danger that threatens humanity today is indifference, even more than hatred. There are more people who are indifferent than people who hate. Hate is an action. Hatred takes time. Hate takes energy. And even that requires sacrifice.

Indifference validates hate.

The Greater Good Science Center lists at UC Berkeley “Eight Ways to Resist Hate. Recommendations include educating yourself, understanding all points of view, speaking up when you encounter racism, resisting social pressure, and heeding your conscience. The Center also suggests finding a pattern, connecting with people different from yourself, and hitting the mental pause button so you don’t act on impulse.

If you do any of the above things, you will not be indifferent to the fate of others and you can boost your self-esteem, strengthen your values ​​and deepen your relationships.

Michael Bugeja, a distinguished liberal arts and science professor at Iowa State University, teaches media ethics and technology and social change. These views are his.

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What is Gregg Berhalter’s record as USMNT manager? https://i-racconti.com/what-is-gregg-berhalters-record-as-usmnt-manager/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:51:01 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/what-is-gregg-berhalters-record-as-usmnt-manager/ The head of the USMNT at Qatar World Cup after failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia and pressure is mounting on head coach Berhalter to impress with the United States set to co-host the 2026 edition with Canada and Mexico. Gregg Berhalter is set to name his 26-man New York squad on […]]]>

The head of the USMNT at Qatar World Cup after failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia and pressure is mounting on head coach Berhalter to impress with the United States set to co-host the 2026 edition with Canada and Mexico.

Gregg Berhalter is set to name his 26-man New York squad on Wednesday, with much of the United States’ success going to Chelsea striker Christian Pulisic.

Berhalter’s side failed to impress in their two warm-up games in September as they lost 2-0 to Japan in Dusseldorf, Germany, failing to shoot on target throughout the game . The Americans then chained the defeat with a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia. in Murcia, Spain at the end of the month.

Berhalter’s record

The former Columbus Crew boss took over the national side in December 2018. The USMNT is 36-11-9 in 56 matches under Berhalter, a 65.4% win rate.

Berhalter leads USMNT to World Cup

Despite recent indifferent performances, Berhalter remains a popular figure among players and fans who have guided the United States to this year’s World Cup. During his tenure with the national team, he established himself as a player coach who facilitated a culture that players want to be part of. He played a key role in players choosing to play for the USMNT over other countries. That said, there are pockets of dissent emerging and his future on the American sidelines will be conditioned by Group B results in the Gulf.

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Group B at the 2022 World Cup

USMNT will play in Group B at the World Cup. On November 21, they face Wales in their campaign opener. They will then face two more difficult tests against England (November 25) and Iran (November 29) in a bid to qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament.

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Roundtable: Can Texas stop their road losing streak? https://i-racconti.com/roundtable-can-texas-stop-their-road-losing-streak/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 23:00:11 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/roundtable-can-texas-stop-their-road-losing-streak/ In the first unveiling of the 2022 college football playoff standings, the Texas Longhorns entered at No. 24. Do you agree? Cameron Parker (@camerondparker) – If Texas is playing on neutral ground, I don’t think there are 25 better teams than them, so I agree. Now on the road, that’s another story. Daniel Seahorn (@DanielSeahorn) […]]]>

In the first unveiling of the 2022 college football playoff standings, the Texas Longhorns entered at No. 24. Do you agree?

Cameron Parker (@camerondparker) – If Texas is playing on neutral ground, I don’t think there are 25 better teams than them, so I agree. Now on the road, that’s another story.

Daniel Seahorn (@DanielSeahorn) – I am indifferent to the classification, to be honest. At this point, I’m more concerned with how they perform week-to-week to close out the second half of the season so we can see how much this team has really grown. Once we get to the end of the year, we can reevaluate future rankings.

Gerald Goodridge (@ghgoodridge) – The PCP only has power over you if you allow it to. And until Texas is able to play well enough to warrant a legitimate National Championship Invitational conversation, I honestly don’t pay much attention. That being said, I think part of it was giving Alabama a ranked win so they could justify their ranking over TCU.

Cody Daniel (@CodyDanielSBN) – That doesn’t mean much to me. Texas doesn’t make the playoffs no matter what the rest of the way, so playoff seeding doesn’t really carry much weight.

As the Horns hit the home stretch of the season, what do you think will be their win-loss record in the last four games? Kansas StateTCU, Kansas and Baylor remain…

Cameron- 2-2

Daniel – I think 2-2 is the most likely result and that could also be the ceiling for this streak based on what we’ve seen.

Gerald – I think 2-2 is probably likely, but having TCU and Baylor at home helps. I think KState is the one giving me the most indigestion right now because weird things are happening in Manhattan.

Cody- 2-2 is probably the sure answer, but if Texas wins Saturday in Manhattan, 3-1 seems more likely.

With injuries piling up on the defensive side and the absence of a consistent playmaker on the attacking side who isn’t named Bijan, Xavier or Ja’Tavion, who needs to step in?

Cameron- Defensively, it has to be Kitan Crawford. He’s struggled at times in the past two games with miscommunication and missed assignments, but with the lack of depth in the secondary Crawford needs to find a rhythm or the defense will struggle and Sark will have to turn to a freshman. Offensively, has anyone seen Casey Cain? Sark wants to redshirt Agiye Hall, Omeire isn’t 100% ready or gelling with Sark’s plan, so Cain has to find chemistry with Ewers. Defenses tackle Worthy and Ewers as well.

Daniel – In attack, I’ll say Jordan Whittington, and in defense, I’ll say, Jahdae Barron. Whittington must become a favorite target for Quinn Ewers and with some high school guys stoned, Barron is going to be tasked with playing a much bigger role.

Gerald – Offensively, inside the offensive line. A big part of the reason Texas lost to Oklahoma State is because the Cowboys were super disruptive between tackles and Texas couldn’t get the ground game started in the second half, ultimately giving it up. Defensively, any defensive back turning into a legitimate troublemaker in the passing game would be lovely.

Cody- I’m going to go against the grain a bit and say Quinn Ewers. He hasn’t really played near his best in the past two weeks, and we’ve seen how dynamic the offense can be when he’s rolling. If Ewers is on, the offense rolls, the defense has more time to rest, and everyone wins.

Texas has dominated Kansas State for the past few years, but this year the Wildcats team is one of the best since the Collin Klein years. What is the main reason for the move to Big 12 contender status this season?

Cameron- Collin Klein has built an offense that makes his QBs comfortable and doesn’t have to overdo it. Nebraska didn’t get the mission with Adrian Martinez, but Kansas State did. Defensively, they rank No. 7 in the FEI and No. 7 in ESPN’s SP+ due to an experienced secondary and a run defense that allows just 3.7 yards per carry.

Daniel- KSU established an offensive identity and turned Adrian Martinez into a more than useful quarterback. I doubted Martinez could do the job for the Wildcats this year, but he’s been rock solid for Collin Klein this year in Manhattan.

Gerald – The answer is in the question. It’s the Collin Klein years again, but now he’s the OC. They were really explosive on the ground, with Deuce Vaughn averaging nearly six yards per run. It’s relatively difficult to keep them one-dimensional as Vaugh can snap a big one at any time.

Cody- They’ve generally had strong defenses which have been the hallmark of quality teams, but this offense is just different this year. A well-rounded K-State team is not ideal news for Texas.

Can the Longhorns end their road losing streak against Kansas State?

Cameron- No. Texas 31, Kansas State 37

Daniel- I don’t have a good feeling about this one and rarely do when Texas has to head north to play this game. Until Ewers showed me a bouncing game and this team shows me they can do it on the road, I have to fade them. Kansas State 31 Texas 24

Gerald – Frankly, I have no idea. I can’t tell if it’s my natural sporting pessimism or if it’s a legitimate bad feeling. It’s also going to be windy in Kansas tomorrow, so I guess we’ll see what the offense can do. Kansas State 34-Texas 31

Cody – I wouldn’t be surprised if Texas wins, but I don’t expect it. 31-27 K state.

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To see at the cinema https://i-racconti.com/to-see-at-the-cinema/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/to-see-at-the-cinema/ SHOWCASE WARWICK UNTIL* * * *(1950s true story of racial crime) We were in high school and college in the 1950s when racial prejudice was rampant in the United States, especially in the South. “Till,” the true story of the young Chicago boy who is violently murdered while vacationing with his cousins ​​in Mississippi, is […]]]>

SHOWCASE WARWICK

UNTIL
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(1950s true story of racial crime)

We were in high school and college in the 1950s when racial prejudice was rampant in the United States, especially in the South.

“Till,” the true story of the young Chicago boy who is violently murdered while vacationing with his cousins ​​in Mississippi, is brought to the big screen with scenes that are sometimes hard to watch but must be watched. see to show us how far we have come, and remind us how far we still have to go.

If this is the story of Emmett Till, it is ultimately the story of his courageous and determined mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, interpreted with gripping emotion by my Danielle Deadwyler.

Emmett’s body was so mutilated it was unrecognizable. Grandma insisted he be “shown to America” ​​so everyone could see what happened to this poor, innocent black boy.

And it was.

It was a tough decision, as we’re sure with the filmmakers choosing, as quietly as possible, to include the heartbreaking scene in the film.

The film begins with a happy but cautious black Chicago family living their lives with care and caution (“knowing their place” in a white-dominated society.)

Grandma explains how life in Mississippi will be different and how her son needs to act differently.

Emmett makes the big mistake of whistling at a white grocery store clerk, showing her his new wallet, with a picture of a white girl (I remember having one when I was young).

He is kidnapped, beaten, lynched and left in a stream.

The NAACP comes to Mamie’s aid, along with Medgar Evers, and the trial begins before an all-white male jury.

The judge is indifferent. The girl is lying. The verdict is in.

For those of us who have forgotten or are yet to be born, we learn what happened to the murderers and others involved.

It’s a hard lesson.

The film is rated PG-13 due to the disturbing scenes and overt racism, but anyone 13 and older should see it and act on it.

TAR
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(The world of Lydia Tar, composer/conductor)

It takes two hours and 28 minutes to tell us a bit about the life and character of one of the greatest composers/conductors in the world, Lydia Tar.

Brilliantly played by Cate Blanchett, Tar is an indulgent and unkind person.

She is also a genius in her world of classical music. She hears every sound, which is often a distraction for her.

Tar is the first woman to conduct a major German orchestra. Her time is in high demand, as she rushes from interviews to leading guests, lectures and teaching masterclasses.

The film opens with his interview with the New York Times classical music writer; giving us a good perspective of his views on conducting, composition and classical music in general.

We then see her devastate a student in front of his classmates to the point where he gathers his music and storms out of class calling her some very bad names.

Then we see her at home with her wife whom she dominates and her daughter whom she adores.

No doubt, Lydia Tar is a very complex character.

We follow her through rehearsals, meetings, selections of interviews with musicians, and we watch her manipulate people.

She treats her assistant horribly until she fights back.

Tar suddenly discovers she’s gone too far and finds herself sidelined from a profession she could have taken to new heights.

The film is quite artsy at times, including lots of discussions about the music and short pieces by great composers during rehearsals. While some will find it a bit long and wandering, classical music lovers won’t want to miss a single note.

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Explanation of the end of dreams in the house of witches https://i-racconti.com/explanation-of-the-end-of-dreams-in-the-house-of-witches/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 22:20:00 +0000 https://i-racconti.com/explanation-of-the-end-of-dreams-in-the-house-of-witches/ Warning! SPOILERS for Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities season 1, episode 6, “Dreams in the Witch House”.The final act of “Dreams in the Witch House”, season 1, episode 6 of Cabinet of curiosities by Guillermo del Toro moves fast – here’s a full explanation of the ending. The episode adapts the 1932 short story […]]]>

Warning! SPOILERS for Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities season 1, episode 6, “Dreams in the Witch House”.The final act of “Dreams in the Witch House”, season 1, episode 6 of Cabinet of curiosities by Guillermo del Toro moves fast – here’s a full explanation of the ending. The episode adapts the 1932 short story of the same name by H. P. Lovecraft, focusing on Walter Gilman’s encounters with sinister beings beyond the human realm. In the episode, Walter is obsessed with searching for the spirit of his twin sister Epperley, whose ghost he saw dragged to the otherworld of the Forest of Lost Souls after her death in infancy.

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Walter devoted his life to finding Epperley, giving up a career as a pianist to work with the Spiritualist Society. He eventually reaches Epperley through a bit of Native American magic, but each dose of the “Liquid Gold” potion only allows him to stay in the forest briefly. To save her, he rents a room that had belonged to the witch from the Netflix show, Keziah Mason.

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What happens in Cabinet of Curiosities: Dreams in the End of the Witch House?

The witch Keziah Mason recognizes Walter Gilman from a prophecy that foretells his release from the Forest of Lost Souls. She shows Gilmer that as Epperly’s twin, he is the key to bringing matter back to this world from the forest. When Walter takes Epperley back to the world of the living, Keziah Mason and her familiar Jenkins Brown also make the trip. Mariana, the painter, then reveals that Walter must die at dawn for Epperley, the witch, or her familiar to live. Epperley kills the witch and she dies peacefully, as she is no longer afraid to die. Jenkins Brown, however, is confirmed as the top villain, as he burrows into Walter’s collapsed body, bursts from his chest, and takes possession of Walter’s corpse to revive him. The closing shot shows the triumphant Jenkins Brown happily embarking on a new life in Walter’s body.

Why does Jenkins Brown do what he does?Jenkins Brown in Cabinet of Curiosities season 1, episode 6 Dreams in the Witch House

Neither Keziah Mason nor Epperley return to the living, but Jenkins Brown knows he can still enjoy the prophecy and regain life. He manages to kill Walter just before dawn and his bodily remains in the attic disappear at the time of Walter’s death. By sacrificing Walter according to the prophecy, Jenkins Brown succeeds in exchanging Walter’s life for his own resurrection. However Cabinet of Curiosities’ The story never explains how Jenkins manages to possess and animate Walter’s seemingly ruined body, it’s fair to infer that Jenkins uses magic he learned as the witch’s familiar.

Why does Mariana say “She won” at sunrise?She Won Sunrise in Cabinet of Curiosities Season 1 Episode 6 Dreams in the Witch House

It’s curious that Mariana says: “She won,clearly referring to Keziah Mason after Epperley has already killed the witch. The most direct interpretation is that Mariana is here referring to Keziah’s plan, which Jenkins Brown completes. This could be interpreted to mean that Keziah still survives sometime share in the spirit realm, but nothing else in the show supports such an inference.

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HP Lovecraft was notoriously racist. In light of this fact, the showrunners’ decision to cast people of color in multiple roles is worth considering. A colored actor plays Walter’s colleague, Frank Elwood. Frank leaves the Spiritualist Society to take up an office job at Time magazine. The story is set in 1933, when America was heavily segregated, and very few people of color held office positions in white-owned businesses at that time. The character is barely mentioned in Lovecraft’s story, and his race is not mentioned. This makes the Netflix version of Frank an anachronism.

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Sister Lucretius, a newly created character for the series, is also played by an actor of color, but the Catholic orders at the time were widely separated. Neither Frank’s nor Lucretia’s race is ever addressed in the narrative. This casting may be the creative team’s way of dealing with Lovecraft’s racism. Placing black actors in roles that Lovecraft would never have written for them is perhaps the filmmakers’ way of steering the adaptation away from Lovecraft’s racist legacy.

How does it all fit together?Epperley Ascends in Cabinet of Curiosities season 1, episode 6 Dreams in the Witch House

However Cabinet of curiosities by Guillermo del Toro changes the original story significantly, many of HP Lovecraft’s themes survive intact. Lovecraft’s main theme in his stories is that the cosmos is indifferent to mankind and is populated by hostile, powerful, and gleefully evil beings. Jenkins Brown is sadistic with his taunts and seems to enjoy stoking the fears of his human victims. Another common Lovecraft theme is that humanity can’t even comprehend the cosmic horror of Keziah Mason, Cthulhu, or other monsters. The mere glimpse of the greater universe is likely to drive the human mind mad. Seeing Epperley become a ghost and be dragged into the Forest of Lost Souls is enough to transform Walter from an ordinary little boy into a determined fanatic for the rest of his life. Human religion generally offers little refuge for Lovecraft’s characters. In the show’s adaptation, Keziah Mason shows no hesitation as she pursues Walter onto the hallowed ground of the church.

The televised “Dreams in the Witch’s House” also departs from some Lovecraft themes. His stories tend to emphasize that the cosmos is not governed by any moral code of good and evil that humans can recognize, but rather operates on its own inscrutable terms. In the Cabinet of Curiosities production, however, Epperley tells Walter that she only went to the Forest of Lost Souls because she was so afraid of dying, implying that her lack of faith made her unworthy and that the realms beyond of ours operate according to a moral code. Her ascension scene drives home the point, bathing her in celestial light and happily carrying her away once she says she’s no longer afraid.

The True Meaning of the Cabinet of Curiosities: Dreams in the End of the Witch HouseWalter Gilman in Cabinet of Curiosities season 1, episode 6 Dreams in the Witch House

The show’s last line comes from Jenkins Brown, who gloatingly boasts, “I will ride this body as long as it lasts. After all, he didn’t care, did he?” The dig refers to the late Walter Gilman, but it also applies more broadly to how Walter, the main character in “Dreams in the Witch House,” led his life. He gave up his dream of joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra, along with any sort of normal life, to follow his obsession with Epperley. Frank urges him to take a job alongside him at the magazine, and berates him for his attention”more about [his] dead sister than the living ones. » Epperley herself is visibly disappointed to learn that Walter has given up on his music. Because Walter Gilman did nothing else with his life in Cabinet of curiosities by Guillermo del Toro, Jenkins Brown’s last line is figuratively true – as well as in the dark literal meaning.

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities: Dreams in the Witch House is streaming on Netflix.

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