For Bowie fans outside of the UK, BBC4 documentary. Includes rare clips.
Major Tom is a fictional astronaut created by David Bowie, heard in his songs “Space Oddity”, “Ashes to Ashes”, and “Hallo Spaceboy” (particularly in the remix by the Pet Shop Boys). Bowie’s own interpretation of the character evolved throu
David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes (HQ 1080p HD Upscale)
I actually knew a girl who was present when this was shot (long story)!
She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Greekorigin that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great‘s death during the Hellenistic period. The Ptolemies, throughout their dynasty, spoke Greek and refused to speak Egyptian, which is the reason that Greek as well as Egyptian languages were used on official court documents such as the Rosetta Stone. By contrast, Cleopatra did learn to speak Egyptian and represented herself as the reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess, Isis.
Cleopatra originally ruled jointly with her father, Ptolemy XII Auletes, and later with her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, whom she married as per Egyptian custom, but eventually she became sole ruler. As pharaoh, she consummated a liaison with Julius Caesarthat solidified her grip on the throne. She later elevated her son with Caesar, Caesarion, to co-ruler in name.
After Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, she aligned with Mark Antony in opposition to Caesar’s legal heir, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (later known as Augustus). With Antony, she bore the twins Cleopatra Selene II and Alexander Helios, and another son,Ptolemy Philadelphus. Her unions with her brothers produced no children. After losing the Battle of Actium to Octavian’s forces, Antony committed suicide. Cleopatra followed suit, according to tradition killing herself by means of an asp bite on August 12, 30 BC. She was briefly outlived by Caesarion, who was declared pharaoh by his supporters, but he was soon killed on Octavian’s orders. Egypt became the Roman province of Aegyptus.
|Bust of Cleopatra VII, Altes Museum, Berlin|
To this day, Cleopatra remains a popular figure in Western culture. Her legacy survives in numerous works of art and the many dramatizations of her story in literature and other media, including William Shakespeare‘s tragedy Antony and Cleopatra, Jules Massenet‘s opera Cléopâtre and the film Cleopatra (1963). In most depictions, Cleopatra is portrayed as a great beauty, and her successive conquests of the world’s most powerful men are taken as proof of her aesthetic and sexual appeal. In his Pensées, philosopher Blaise Pascal contends, evidently speaking ironically because a large nose has symbolized dominance in different periods of history, that Cleopatra’s classically beautiful profile changed world history: “Cleopatra’s nose, had it been shorter, the whole face of the world would have been changed.”
Long believed lost, a print was reported discovered in France in 2005.
It was one of the most elaborate Hollywood films ever produced up to that time, with particularly lavish sets and costumes. According to the studio, the film cost $500,000 (approximately $8.3 million in 2009) to make and employed 2,000 people behind the scenes. The story of this silent film was very loosely based on the plot of William Shakespeare‘s Antony and Cleopatra. Theda Bara appeared in a variety of fantastic costumes, some quite risqué. The film was a great success at the time.
However, years later, with the imposition of Hollywood’s Hays Code, the film was judged too obscene to be shown. The last two prints known were destroyed in fires at the Fox studios and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Only a few fragments in the hands of museums survive to this day.
The picture was filmed on the Dominquez slough just outside of Long Beach, California. The throne prop used in the movie years later ended up in the possession of Leon Schlesinger Productions, the production company behind the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodiescartoons; its disposition after the acquisition of that company by Warner Bros. is unknown.
|Cleopatra is a 1934 epic film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and distributed by Paramount Pictures, which retells the story of Cleopatra VII of Egypt. It was written by Waldemar Young, Vincent Lawrence and Bartlett Cormack, and produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Claudette Colbert stars as Cleopatra, Warren William as Julius Caesar, and Henry Wilcoxon as Marc Antony.Victor Milner won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. It was nominated for Best Picture, Assistant Director (Cullen Tate),Film Editing (Anne Bauchens), and Sound, Recording (Franklin Hansen).1963- Cleopatra is a 1963 British-American-Swiss epic drama film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The screenplay was adapted bySidney Buchman, Ben Hecht, Ranald MacDougall, and Mankiewicz from a book by Carlo Maria Franzero. The film starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall, and Martin Landau. The music score was by Alex North. It was photographed in 70 mm Todd-AO by Leon Shamroy and an uncredited Jack Hildyard.Cleopatra chronicles the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperialist ambitions of Rome.
In all of cinema history, Cleopatra is the most expensive film ever made (adjusted for inflation). Despite being a box office failure, it received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike praised Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s performance. The movie won four Academy Awards. It was the highest grossing film of 1963, earning US $26 million ($57.7 million total), yet made a loss due to its cost of $44 million, the only film ever to be the highest grossing film of the year yet to run at a loss.
For more on movie Cleopatras see: http://wwwcinemastyle.blogspot.se/2010_06_20_archive.html
When i was making this it looked like Jolie would be playing Cleopatra in a movie by James Cameron. Appearantly she is actually playing Olympias here, mother of Alexander The Great in the movie “Alexander”.
Thank you tiny-librarian for the correction!
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Portrait of the Duke of Monmouth 1685c.
Studio of Willem Wissing
James, Duke of Monmouth was one of the seventeenth century’s most colourful and engaging figures. As Charles II’s eldest, though illegitimate, son Monmouth was assured a life of favour and wealth. The King treated him as his favourite, and showered him with high office and honour. But from an early age, Monmouth felt burdened by the inevitable disqualification of his illegitimacy. The frustration born out of it ultimately caused his downfall and execution in 1685.
Portrait of John Evelyn (1620-1706) c. 1648
By Robert Walker
John Evelyn (1620 – 1706) He is chiefly famous for the diary which he kept for the whole of his life, from the Civil War to the reign of Queen Anne.
He took an active part in government, often being consulted by Charles II, and was highly regarded as an expert on both architecture and forestry. His writings also encompass the arts, politics, science and military affairs.
Portrait of George Villiers Duke of Buckingham (1592 – 1628) 1625c.
By Sir Balthesar Gerbier
Buckingham, who was praised for his good looks and charm quickly became a favourite of James I. Under James he rose from the title of Viscount Villiers in 1617 to Earl of Buckingham before being awarded a Marquisate in the following year. When questioned about his admiration for George Villiers, the King, who referred to his favourite as his ”Sweet Steenie” and his “sweet child and wife”, is said to have responded by proclaiming, ”You may be sure that I love the Earl of Buckingham more than anyone else…Christ had his John, and I have my George”.
Portrait of Gertrude Sadleir, Lady Aston of Forfar
Unknown artist, English School Early Seventeenth Century
Portrait of Lady Mary Boyle and her son Charles 1700c.
Sir Godfrey Kneller Bt, Studio of 1646 – 1723
This image is remarkable, and to all present researches, unique in the work of British portrait painters in the decades either side of 1700. There is no immediately comparable image of a mother suckling a child, and despite the obvious references to the Virgin Mary -a play on the sitter’s name- the painting is unmistakeably a true and tender image of motherhood.
Prince Rupert as a boy by Sir Anthony van Dyck
I have read up on blog scraping, copyrights and so on.
My blogs are infringing on several peoples copyrights and i have the idea of separating out the posts written exlusively by me, possably write my own posts inspired by some of the ones i have posted but not written and make a blog with only my own material or material for wich i have permission.
I guess i have gone by a childish “everybody does it” argument when posting, excusing myself with the fact that i link, often in several places in one post, and state the author / photographer, usually at the top so it wont get missed by the reader.
I am not really a “web person” and my exposure to internet in a social meaning is through forums, Facebook, Tumblr and other “Share button” societies. This seems to have lead me to a naive belief that there is a form of flattery in re posting to some people (and in one case, one of my most popular posts, a photographer actually expressed such sentiments).
I am led by a passion for authentic information on certain topics but dont really see myself as an “author”.
In short, if i see some poppycock about Scandinavian culture during the early middle ages i might want to post something to clarify things ( according to relevant expertise, academic sources and so on as they stand now ).
The way i have seen it is that what is important (to me) is that the information is out, not that i wrote it (if i prided myself in my writing things might have been different).
Many things on my blogs could be done without material from any other sources. Some blogs of mine however, like this one, are so dependent on pictures of a kind i for natural reasons dont have ownership of that i would have to simply delete the whole blogs (pity since they have many readers, by my standards that is ).
An article like “How did viking age people really look” just wouldnt work without pictures (perhaps i could link to pages with pictures). The same goes for archeological finds where museums and so on owns the pictures.
Never the less.
I cant very well be writing articles on “ethics” and illustrate them with stolen pictures.