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rembrandt part 1

KK so this is really about Vermeer but I'm in love with reverse-numbering and worried about lightning. Here in Boston we are really going to get pasted with rain again this afternoon. In fact, maybe I might as well be in NL right now, with all this seawater coming down out of the sky, and me zipping around next to the ocean.

I need to be looking for dikes right here to hide behind. [Dids I spel that right?]

I'm also captivated by Scarlett. For many reasons. It's not just her face and body. Right?

You probably know her from Sofia Coppola's film "Lost In Translation".

Scarlett Johansson also starred in the 2003 film "Girl With A Pearl Earring" supported by Peter Firth as Vermeer, and by Tom Wilkinson. It has some of the most gorgeous tech --- set / costumes / lighting --- that's ever been put on film. The film got nominated for three USA Oscars [tech] and seven British Oscars [tech, Scarlett, and writing.]

And of course the novel by Tracey Chevalier starts with Vermeer's famous painting by the same name [completed 1666], the story of Vermeer's love for his peasant maid whom he immortalized in that painting.

All us peasants should be so lucky.

Vermeer [born 1632] only lived to be 43 and only sold one painting in his lifetime, and had ten kids. [None with her, I guess...] When you can't sell your art, go make kids? Anyway, maybe he died of exhaustion. In the art world of today he's known for "serene light pouring through tall windows. The calm spiritual effect is enhanced by dark blues, deep reds, warm yellows, and supremely balanced composition."

This is some kinda guidebook, let me tell you.

All this is depicted in the film as you watch the portrait slowly come to life on canvas. The portrait is a work of art and the film is too.

Worth renting the film, hands down. It pulls you right into Holland in the mid-17th century.

I spose when I get there I will be pulled right into there too. In fact, into a lot of time-traveling and parallel worlds. Like Kiota is teaching me right now. All the time.

Ooop no pun intended!

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silverplate88
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Mari! How cool!! You've been to St. Petersburg!!!

I have a thing for hands too. When Kiota made a point of stretching hers out into the sun and talking about how much she loved her "artistic" "pianist's fingers" ... it became one of those forever-images in my heart.

And Julianne Moore, too. Other faves are Meryl Streep and Charlotte Rampling. CR is a not-very-well-known English actress who lighted up the screen in "The Night Porter", "The Verdict" [opposite Paul Newman], and lately in "Swimming Pool" written / directed by Francois Ozon, where she plays a mystery writer and completely holds the screen against the [mostly-topless] performance of her very young co-star ... the writing is brilliant and there's a VERY surprise ending.
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silverplate88
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
Uhm ... can't you masquerade at being descended from the Czarina so they won't be quite so nuts? [Just have to avoid peeps that look like Rasputin ;) ]

SEVEN times, wow. Is it far away? [From *you*, I mean, lol]

Here's a test for you [and cuz I'm curious] -- does this make any sense to you? :

"Talla tuotteella on erinomainen suorituskyky, kun sen kanssa kaytetaan aitoja Canonin valmistamia lisalaiteita. Tallaisia korjauksia vol kuitenkin pyytaa, mutta asiakasta laskutetaan korjauksesta."

Peeps who can say this trippingly on the tongue live just across the bay [Sea?] from you and I checked the spelling carefully but I have to leave out all these amusing accent marks ....

I can't say a word of this at all. I don't live near Lake Ladoga.

Flowers, on the other hand, are an international language. These are for you :)
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silverplate88
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
No no no you will never bore me to death. Never even close.

I wonder if Canon is telling me where the toilet is in Finnish. For when I go to Helsinki. I would hate to be limited to the sinki.

I wouldn't know a wonky Baltic accent from a diplomatic-corps one, so you are safe with me.

Yeah, a and o with umlauts, like that. Can't do them here, my laptop is impossibly English-limited. You have a letter that they don't have? Is it G-minus? [That's the grade that somebody just got on her test in an episode on the Cartoon Network, which I am watching because it helps me understand digital photography theory.]

Hah! I always knew you were Baltic royalty in disguise.
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silverplate88
Jul. 27th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
I always talk in a loving manner. Gets me all kinds of Friends lol.

It's rather more about how *she* talks to *me* is what I have to learn ...

Yay, Mari! You are now my favourite Finnish wannabe. Wonky accent and all <3

How the heck are you doing all those accent marks? You sly Finn / Estonian, you. And, ...erm ... how do you know what us foreigners have the most fun with? *blushes* ... is there something international about Canon joy?

G minus of course is the next exalted level beyond F. It's foreign territory to me, I know more about Finland, even Lapland. That's because I get A+ all the time, especially when I grade all my papers.

How you get G minus is be in a Disney cartoon about Egyptian royal Rebel teens? [They seem to be fanatically heterosexual, for the family audiences who watch the commercials here...]

The twinkies in the audiences will prob'ly all be inspired to go get some G-minuses in summer school and when they report back I'll let you know ;) ... in fact, the G minus is probably the required entry grade for summer school, come to think of it.

Maybe we shouldn't be talking about G- on a G rated site lmao

I just realized that Canon could also be a link to Pachelbel's greatest hit. Then of course she's a Canon Rebel, duh *headdesk*. That would be Canon in D, not in G minus. But there is a G-minor, I think.

It's the closet pianist in me, of course.

Edited at 2008-07-27 01:24 am (UTC)
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silverplate88
Jul. 27th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
O.O oo..oo?? w00t see, I'm not getting it right.

O~ A:..;: ~OooO~~ gah.

Amber lacks Umber? In my world these are both lighting colors, and no Amber does not. Dark Amber doesn't, anyway....

If I'm having all this joy just typing about it, I can't wait for the ecstasy of trying to speak it.

btw was your Master's Degree Defense thingie something you performed in [gasp!] Estonian?

I prob would have given you an A and drowsed off to the music of your voice. Providing Estonian is a musical language. Unlike, say, German lmao

And those are some kinda joyful dA pics you just put up, Olympus or not.
silverplate88
Jul. 27th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
And X is always easier than O. In this intricate and exalted example, you find X by propping 3cm apart from 4cm so that little tiny square between their legs can grow up to be a BIG square. No, I'm not being frisky, haven't you ever heard about the legs of an angle or a triangle?

I'm sure it's different if you write it in Estonian.
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silverplate88
Jul. 28th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Exotic and intimate Estonian linguistic music with a motherly whisper....and she's Italian? ...That's beautiful, Mari.

Inexplicable longing for a remote country and the tender voice of a lost childhood. Some of that in us all.

You go be a shameless and egotistical promoter all you want to, if that's what you promote I'm signing right up =)

Feeling nostalgic for childhood tonight, guess we all do that at times.... mine and Friends', here and not here.
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silverplate88
Jul. 28th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
WOW, Mari ... fifth grade? Me too !! [Our planets must be lined up, or they stumbled into the same House, or something.] I'll Gmail you the details.

Anyway, for awhile I was as miserable as Susan, here. Except she died and I didn't. [It was okay, it was only a teleplay. But it resonated....]
kala_ayule
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
This doesn't really have anything to do with your post except the last line: That totally cracked me up and everyone is probably wondering what I am smirking at.
silverplate88
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Aha I have now made you into a secret smirker!
miafedup
Jul. 25th, 2008 11:51 am (UTC)
I'm not into films like I once was. They seem to be getting louder and dumber by the minute (unless I'm getting grouchier and older by the minute).

I was telling Mari that my favorite flick this year is The Visitor. It doesn't have any of your actresses in it but it's very powerful.
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silverplate88
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
And: Mari: finding the good ones among the shit can be very expensive. Guess that's why I use the critics a lot [much cheaper online] or just follow stars I like. Some of them aren't stars, either. Yet.
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silverplate88
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
Hmmm ... asking you is easier than looking it up: who *is* in it?

I think you are getting younger and sweeter by the minute *is a shameless flirt* so it's not you lol.

Most films are made to the lowest common denominator of moviegoers' taste. But that's okay since at least some of those hundreds of millions of USD -studio income trickle down little by little to support Indie films that are just the opposite of louder and dumber. Some of 'em, anyway.

Guess the exception is the current Batman smash hit, which is a fave with critics and tix buyers alike .... despite the fact that one of its leads won't make anymore movies :(
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