Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

First time seeing The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Amazing sets and supposedly the first "plot twist" ending.
It's always interesting to read about the people involved in making Weimar era movies.
Some of them had to leave and some of them stayed.

stills from DVDBeaver

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Santa Lucia

Did you observe St. Lucy's Day?
My parents used to belong to a church with a penchant for Scandinavian culture, and December 13th is the only saints day they recognized. I used to love the white robes and candle-wreath, but it was a girls-only affair so I never got to wear a pointy wizard hat. These days I'm more interested in the pre-christian origins of the celebration.

Photo credits:

Stockholm Club Lucia Fest, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Herman Larson, 1932 (from the Minnesota Digital Library)

Female students dressed for Bethel's Festival of Christmas in St. Lucia costumes, St. Paul, Minnesota
Kurt Christenson, 1980 (from the Minnesota Digital Library)

Luciafeier in einer schwedischen Kirche
Claudia GrĂ¼nder, 2006 (from Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Early Video Art - Beryl Korot

Short video from art21 blog features Beryl Korot talking about video, weaving, etc:

Another video about Radical Software, the magazine she edited in the early 1970's:

Radical Software archive is here