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Upon watching Frida...
I have become completely enchanted with Julie Taymor.
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wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: January 11th, 2004 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought you became enchanted with her a long time ago... Around the time you found out she used puppets in her stage productions... Didn't we watch an interview of her with Charlie Rose or Bill Moyer a while back?
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: January 11th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Totally Off-topic...

I tried to call last night, but, obviously, didn't get you. Are you gonna be home tomorrow evening after 9? Or would tonight work?
komos From: komos Date: January 11th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not sure. I'll probably crash soon, but feel free to try me whenever during the week.
komos From: komos Date: January 11th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe it was Bill Moyer, and yes, I was quite taken. Still, I fell in love with Bjork all over again this past summer when she performed Hunter on stage.

The funny thing about the interview was that it was insomnia viewing. I remember very little about what she was saying but it left a very deep impression on me.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: January 12th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I just remembered: The Lion King stage show is coming to Boston, isn't it? She was the original director/art director for it, and so far as I know, it's still her vision on stage. In spite of it being spawned by Disney, maybe it would be something you'd enjoy?
komos From: komos Date: January 12th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure that it hasn't already been.

It's always a difficult balance for me when something has the Disney name on it, but I'd probably love it.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: January 12th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did a search on the web and came up with this. Looks like you've got plenty of time to consider whether you would like to go after all. http://www.broadwayinboston.com/html/shows/lion_king/
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: January 13th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having seen it (the original production in NYC rather than the traveling; don't know that there's any real difference, though), you'd love it. It's a far better telling of the story than the film was, which isn't saying a whole lot. Beyond that, though, it's some truly gorgeous choreography and synergy of puppetry, dance, set design, music, and visual art that kind of sweeps the viewer in. If you're not taken by the story, it's entirely possible, I think, to just ignore it and focus on the art.
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komos From: komos Date: January 11th, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then this will sound even dirtier... I saw her Titus with you.
jawalter From: jawalter Date: January 11th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Julie

Consider me as being in total agreement. She's something else.
komos From: komos Date: January 11th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I fell in love with her based solely on an interview I saw where she was talking about her background and the way that she sees things... before I had seen any of her work. Her passion is incredibly intense, and it has shown through in everything I've seen so far.
jenarael From: jenarael Date: January 11th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
She has the most beautiful expression on her face. Che buona!

Did you like Frida, from a cinematographic standpoint?
komos From: komos Date: January 12th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I was very pleased when I found that photo. Something very special was captured.

I can say that I really liked the film on a number of levels, but I'm horrid with questions like this. I think it's mostly because I feel like I don't know that I know enough about the art to comment. What I can say is that it took some doing to recognize the passage of time within the film in spite of its span of a couple of decades. With the exception of “Mexico City – 1922” and then the collage representing the journey to New York, most of the temporal cues were subtle enough that it was almost jarring when Diego came into a scene with grey hair. On some level I can look at this as though her life was being portrayed as a continuum, and that the choices made allow the viewer to be more present in that life. Then again, it may be that this is reading too much into it.

I really liked how Taymor was able to blend art and reality in a very organic way. There is a way in which the process of finding art is communicated, and given where my mind has been at lately, this was deeply appreciated. I kept being surprised by the way that the images were brought to life. I seem to recall reading an interview where Taymor claimed that because Kahlo’s work was very autobiographical that this transformation came naturally to the film. Regardless, it was beautiful to watch.

You know, now that I’m thinking about it, watching the film almost felt like viewing a series of powerful paintings in a gallery. Every once in a while, you will stop to read one of the wall plaques, but for the most part you’re just swept up by what the images convey.
komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2004 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I watched the extra features last night and Taymor spoke about some of the very same things. I think I'm a little embarassed at being so redundant.
jawalter From: jawalter Date: January 12th, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Titus DVD

There's a lot of stuff like that in the extras on the Titus DVD. Let me know if you want to borrow it sometime ... or heck, I could certainly be talked into viewing it myself.
komos From: komos Date: January 13th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, sometime soon I think.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: January 11th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Julie

Amazing is what she is... :)
komos From: komos Date: January 12th, 2004 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Julie

Exactly.

I want to spend an afternoon having tea with her.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: January 11th, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
haven't seen the movie yet, planning to.

it's good to finaly see a guy posting pictures of a woman. it seems like there's a lot of women posting attractive men (myself included). hope this doesn't sound weird.
komos From: komos Date: January 12th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not the first time I have, and it probably won't be the last. Still, I feel like I need to be careful with it.

I think men are more apt to be reserved when talking about their passions or desires (or crushes, for that matter) just because of expectations that they should be. For some reason, it seems vulgar.

Is there a double standard at work here? Perhaps. I've been thinking about the differences in the way the sexes are permitted to show desire for some time now, and still haven't come up with a definitive statement. A great deal of my perspective stems from my overdeveloped reserve, though it interests me that it does seem to extend to others.

I'll probably write more about this later. For now, why is it that it's considered sexy for a woman to view Pornography when it's sad for a man?
riverbank From: riverbank Date: January 12th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
"For now, why is it that it's considered sexy for a woman to view Pornography when it's sad for a man?"
i don't think i've heard that comment.

maybe cause of who's saying it. maybe because of the differnce in porn styles between women and men. i've noticed women prefer reading (if you go by the amount of fanfiction) porn. and men perfer watching porn. i have limited info on what men actually dig cause as you say men talk differently about it.
maybe its because most commercial sexual references are controled by men.
ummm this could be quite an interesting subject.
komos From: komos Date: January 13th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure that you would have... it's just something that's been kicking around in my head for a while.

It's true that most porn, and certainly the industry, is pretty wretched, but I think source only addresses part of the question. Even were we to limit the scope to altporn sites, for instance, I think that there's still a judgement that will be placed upon a man who takes interest in them that is not present for a woman who frequents them. Similarly, were we to look at something like Harry Potter Slash fiction, the judgement placed upon women and men who enjoy it. On some level, one seems more deviant than the other.

Obviously, there's not going to be a neat summary here because I think the issue is just too complex. Talking about perceptions isn't even enough, since, as you've suggested, the psychology and even sociology of erotica come into play.

I will think on this.

thedeadfisharmy From: thedeadfisharmy Date: January 13th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
...and a fellow alumnae.

Sorry... occasionally I have to brag.

On another note, I am still keen for this lunch idea, I just thought I would wait for the sub zero temperatures to pass. That means we can do this in, what, April? May? Hehe. The last two days would have been passable, but I've heard we're in for a shellacking.
komos From: komos Date: January 14th, 2004 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
It's brag worthy. Best I have to brag about are Tip O'Neil and an endless array of prominent Boston attorneys.

I think the cold situation has surpassed butt cold, but I'm not sure where the scales go from there.
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