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Lost in a Paradise: {WWII Memories} Vintage Vernacular from Another Earth


This is a short clip from Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” which never ceases to inspire and engage the mind and soul with its thoughtful narration and invigorating visuals that take the viewer through the complex voyage of a soldier to war hidden by the beauty of “paradise“. . .

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It really must have been something to find yourself in a strange new world, another Earth far away from the hometown you left months before. You might never want to leave. You might hope to be left on a deserted island for the rest of your days; left alone by the complications of society.

Malick does a great job at creating this world, and you can get an even cooler glimpse into this world by digging into the world of vintage vernacular.

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Ask your grandparents and they probably have vintage snapshots to share with you, or dig through the bins of them at your local Flea Market or antique store. There are treasures to find. These memories of some lost paradise always seem to be like faded remnants of some beautiful black and white dream. . .

Here’s a few to quench your thirst! Soak it up, and bring this lost paradise with you wherever you go.

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Why should I be afraid to die? I belong to you. If I go first, I’ll wait for you there. On the other side of the dark waters.
Be with me now.

-BELL, “The Thin Red Line” by Terrence Malick {based on the novel by James Jones}

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Silly Soldiers Draggin It Up- Paradise Lost- Vintage Vernacular- Style Inspiration

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What’s this war in the heart of nature? Why does nature vie with itself? The land contend with the sea? Is there an avenging power in nature? Not one power but two?

-TRAIN, “The Thin Red Line” by Terrence Malick {based on the novel by James Jones}

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‘Concision in Style, Precision in Thought, Decision in Life”

You may have noticed those immortal words when browsing through our ABOUT US page, although the phrase is more like this:

+ CONCISIONEM STYLO, ACCURATIUS CORDE, IUDICARI VITA +

Since our inception, these words have helped build the foundations for creating The Eye of Faith, and we never forgot them along the way.

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Wise words from an icon in his own right,  Victor Hugo (and I’m not too sure if he would be one for musicals ) . . . but none the less, his “concision in style, precision in thought, and decision in life”, have made him and his work relevant to this very day!

It’s quite wild how the past comes and goes, and is brought back to life again. Inspiration finds it’s way through the cracks of your mind to infiltrate your thoughts and create something special. This comes into play every time you make your way into your own wardrobe, for example. You stare at your clothes and an idea might come to your mind, and thus a new look, and a new you is born!

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While our motto  CONCISIONEM STYLO, ACCURATIUS CORDE, IUDICARI VITA (it just sounds so F***ing good in Latin) has carried us far the past year, most mysterious 2014, we have a few new thoughts for the year ahead, and some new virtues we want to inherit and inspire for 2015.

+KNOWLEDGE+

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+KNOWLEDGE+ has always been an important piece of the puzzle here at The Eye, and for our frequent followers and visitors, you have come to expect in our approach an appreciation for history and all it’s secrets and quirks. We love to expose the {PAST} and examine where it fits into the {PRESENT} and hopefully, using our age defying wisdom, we can summarize a likely {FUTURE}.

Much like the alchemists and sorcerers of the past, the gaining and collecting of knowledge, every little bit no matter how esoteric, is a vital aspect of one’s true power, for when the time comes and all you are left to is you and you alone, you can count on yourself to follow through! Whether we’re talking life or fashion, no one is ever going to blame you for knowing too much.

We hope to continue in this vein, and bring you more and more vintage memories and musings that can both inspire and inform.

+INTEGRITY+

Blame it on the Gang (from THE EYE OF FAITH rules)

Since we began creating The Eye of Faith, we have been told a million and one things we should be doing instead. Everyone and their mother has had an opinion on our vision, without even asking what that vision may be!

We came into this game knowing full well who we were, and what we intended to accomplish. You don’t see another site quite like The Eye of Faith online, and that is a good thing. We are not trying to fall into place behind other fashion blogs (most of which look the same) who recycle content from site to site, but we wanted to be true innovators on the scene. This dedication to our vision, and always standing by it without changing it to appease naysayers is why we have ruled +INTEGRITY+ as a continuing priority here at The Eye of Faith.

The Eye of Faith was conceived as a portal to the past with many seemingly disparate items, articles, and stories coming together to create a well-rounded vision of how little things have changed, and how cool the past really was! This will continue NOT to change.

We will also not be picking any random articles of vintage clothing to add to the collection. Nothing is arbitrary, and each piece speaks to a certain story or style we are aiming to incorporate into the vision of the collection as a whole. Believe us, it’s not as easy as it sounds! It’s called +INTEGRITY+

+COURAGE+

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The Spirit of Contemplation (1901) by Albert Toft {1862 – 1949}

+COURAGE+ has always been our silent leader when it came to creating The Eye of Faith. In fact, the whole idea of the The Eye of Faith encapsulates this virtue entirely.

The Eye of Faith is an age old symbol of +COURAGE+, and by the pure belief in matters at hand, and some proper insight, one may be given sight to see the way to get to one’s destiny. It’s a silent pathway, but a strong one, and without proper reinforcement your trail could just wither into the wind before your eyes and you would be left to find your way without the guidance of the fates. . .

The latter is a path many of choose in life, but since we are beings with a choice, we definitely chose to trust that The Eye of Faith will get us where we belong.

It took a lot of +COURAGE+ to stand up and tell those we know and love our belief in it, but it definitely seems to be paying off, with everyday us getting stronger and stronger.

+STRENGTH+

Have Strength Poor Child

+STRENGTH+ comes in many forms. We need it constantly; in the physical sense, to keep up the hustle of getting our pieces from one place to another, and even more so in the emotional and spiritual sense, when it seems like you’ll never figure it all out.

Truth is, you’re never going to figure it all out, so best stop wasting your energy on that one . . .

Having +STRENGTH+ of mind is more powerful than any fist when it comes to life. Creeping deep down into oneself and building +STRENGTH+ from within is your best start. From there, everything else will seem like a cinch!

+IMAGINATION+

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I once read somewhere that +IMAGINATION+ is more important than +KNOWLEDGE+

But I don’t think that is quite true, as much as learning to utilize both to one’s advantage can be the most powerful tool of all.

+IMAGINATION+ is quite literally the God-Sense in all of us. If you seek the divine in the everyday all you need do is open a pad of paper and sketch, or write for an hour about any old thing, even messing about your wardrobe will suffice. It is simply that beautiful magical moment where your brain has decided to create something new, and completely you.

You are a well of ideas and inspirations, and once you are able to tap into that spring, you might find your true self overflowing!

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So there you have it!

Our five newly anointed principles that can be used not just for your style sensibilities, but use them in life, as well. If you use them right, the transformations will happen almost immediately.

Feel free to adapt our Rules to fit your own life, or simply come up with a few of your own.

What means most to you? In the end, that’s all that matters. We know what we need to do to survive, and we’re going to definitely be making it happen! So hopefully some of our words of wisdom have rubbed off a bit, and we can all make things happen together!

Take The Oath of The Eye

From the bottom of my cool blazing heart,

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+ STYLE IDOL+ A River Phoenix Runs Through It . . .

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Wicked and wild. Gorgeous and full of life.

You can see sometimes in the eyes of this strange boy; a burning fire that piercing your soul. Even past the screen, beneath the surface of every photograph of him, there is a brilliant mystery still waiting to be discovered and the very depth of the man named River Phoenix.

He was the most beautiful child you’ve ever seen, like a little Elvis.

-Iris Burton, River’s manager

 

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It’s more the history of these awards that is so special to me . . .

His acting was top notch, and before the age of …. he found himself nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor with dozens of offers at his feet thereafter.

Fame was of little consequence to him, though, and instead he sought a life of refuge from the hustle and bustle of the business. The industry was not the priority, and from his very core, River was an undeniable artist who not only excelled in the art of acting, but was also an accomplished musician, humanitarian, environmentalist and animal rights activist.

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You’ll never find him fur or leather as he was the original vegan style star- before it was in vogue or a trend. He had a soft and sensitive heart for world issues, the future of our planet, and most especially the well-being of animals.

While we think of the 80s for all its excesses, River appears the total antithesis to this vision of America. Even with his popularity and success, River defied typical Hollywood standards through what he wore; appearing at major red carpet events sometimes in only a graphic T-shirt, or a cool graphic sweater.

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Plaid shirts, graphic sweaters, denim jackets, patterned shirts, and over-sized blazers were a staple for the young star, whose quirky style seems right in tuned with the vibe of the street today. And yet we probably never even realized that River Phoenix made his mark over twenty years ago in the same garbs we rock today.

Perhaps this was indicative of his adventurous heart, the way he dressed. A co-star in probably his most accomplished and enigmatic acting effort, My Own Private Idaho, Jimmy Reardon described a moment the two shared together shortly after filming the 90s art-house flick about a narcoleptic male hustler decked out in pure grunge glory:

One time we were up in the mountains, and the clouds came right up to the top of the mountain. River grabbed (my) arm and said, “We’re going to run and jump into these clouds and our whole past lives will dissolve, and everything will be new from then on. Hold on.” And we did that…it was incredible, and we landed on this soft iceberg kind of ground covering. But we jumped through clouds, literally.

It’s hard to imagine a star today who could even imagine being as fearless, but that’s just how River really was. Fearless.

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Born River Jude Bottom, River grew up in a religious cult in South America known as the Children of God. He was named River after the river of life in Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, and Jude from the Beatle’s song. When their parents found that they were being embezzled by the cult and its leaders, they uprooted their children and moved to California where River was soon getting noticed for his movie star good looks, even as a boy.

He quickly began to take interest in acting and modelling, and it wasn’t long before his career took off. No one could deny the boy. He had a special edge that he never let go of until the very end.

Edward Lachman, superior director of photography for ‘Dogfight’ said:

 When I first met River, he had very long hair and he struck me- as he came out of an elevator-as an angel, some kind of supernatural being. An angel could be Gabriel, but an angel could be Lucifer too. He could as readily delve in to the deep dark recesses as he would fly up to the lofty, illuminated (places).

Certainly a zest for life was a strength of River, but it would definitely come into play with his tragic demise most mysteriously on Halloween night of 1993 at friend Johnny Depp’s bar – The Viper Room.

There is no doubting his talents, but there’s also no doubting the foolishness of getting involved with people who do not have your best intentions in mind. River was the unfortunate victim to a brainless party mentality that is ever prevalent in our society. Was it really worth it in the end?

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I don’t want to die in a car accident. When I die it’ll be a glorious day. It’ll probably be a waterfall.

-River Phoenix

This year the world was shocked by the death of another young star who kicked the bucket at the expense of his family, friends, fame, and fortune – Cory Monteith, who died of an overdose much the same way River did. Heroine and alcohol. The same toxic cocktail that took the life of many more before them including Amy Winehouse,  Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin.

It’s sad, so very sad, because these stars possessed such a zest for life and original spirit that didn’t need to compensate with heavy drugs and alcohol to make life interesting. They could have been resigned to just be themselves, and love every second of that.

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This is why our advice at The Eye of Faith has always and will forever be to be yourself. Your truest self, beyond the effects of drugs and alcohol, you can have the most exciting and amazing life. You try to tread the line between reality and dream, and you can do this easily with the power of style and conjuring your idols to give you an extra boost away from the common day to day.

 “You would have thought we was ninety and had died in his sleep. The people who were saying this felt tremendous guilt that they had contributed to his death.

He’s already being made into a martyr. He’s become a metaphor for a fallen angel, a Messiah. But he wasn’t. He was just a boy, a very good hearted boy who was very $%##$% up and had no idea how to implement his good intentions. I don’t want to be comforted by his death. I think it’s right that I’m angry about it, angry at the people who helped him stay sick, and angry at River.”

-Martha Plimpton on River’s death.

We recommend this state of mind for all days and occasions, to keep you safe and elevated beyond the strife of the street.

Most people don’t know, but River was also a talented musician in a band called “Aleka’s Attic”. Here’s one of his songs to send you off with. Hope I gave us all something to think about, and some wicked new vintage inspiration for the road!

Also his long lost last film has been released for the first time. Check out the trailer here.

 

 

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to invoke the spirit of River Phoenix. Above all, don’t forget to be yourself!

A little inspiration never hurts, though . . . 

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There are Giants in the Sky (and in the Middle of My Small Town…Twerking Like They Did in the 60s)

 

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So they didn’t twerk in the 60s, but the dance moves in this 1960s B-Movie cult classic, “Village of the Giants“, was more than risqué and still delivers on undoubted sex appeal.

We can’t help but love the attention the camera pays to the beautiful natural curves and flesh of the actors who really know how to jiggle their juices. It’s cool to see how in 1965, a small flick like this can in many ways be more sexually tempting and stimulating than the in-your-face provocations of today’s movie and music video scene. It’s so simple…and sometimes that is all it takes!

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See them burst out their clothes, and terrorize a town!

(I’m in . . .)

There’s a real ‘edginess’, as we say these days, to it all, and the music is great too. Leave it to misfits teens to make everything fun . . .

When a group of rebel misfits get their hands on “goo”, a mysterious compound that makes every GIANT, who didn’t see some wild dance parties starting? Even in the middle of perfect All-American Hainesville, where ducks roam the sidewalks and white picket fences are for everyone, you can’t stop a gang of rebellious teens from having fun, ESPECIALLY when they are fifty feet tall (give or take).

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 50 years since this film hit the screen for the first time, but it is still remembered as a cult classic with notable special effects for its time, and undoubted sex appeal.

Full of exuberant and fresh classic styles, and plenty of 1960s psychedelic fun!

Get ready to dance with the giants . . .

JUST THINKING….

On the subject of rebel misfit teens: How cool would ‘The Bling Ring‘ have been if they were just giants?!

Imagine  . . .

Oh, dancing . . .

Until next time!

Be sure to visit the {SHOP} while the pieces are still around!

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They are going fast these days, and we don’t want you to miss out . . .

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HOT LOVE: SWISS PUNK + WAVE 1976-1980 {Conversations with Lurker Grand}

Punk Is Not Dead
Here at The Eye of Faith, we often use the term Punk in reference to items we uncover, and stories we bring to the surface on the site. While the general consensus may be that Punk is defined by a definitive span of time, we like to believe the Punk has always been in fashion, and goes far beyond the safety pins, spikes, and mohawks that became the aesthetic calling-card of the various tribes around Europe and the Americas that began to emerge in the late 70s and 80s that have left an undeniable impact on music, art, style, and popular culture that resonates to this day.

    Far beyond the image, however, is the true meaning of punk, which is the unending quest to defy the status quo, and to change the confines of the world that enslaves us in a rigid stereotype of life. Contrary to popular belief, the idea of punk is not to not care, but is in fact to care far beyond most. They want change. They incite it, and have been for centuries.

Nikola Tesla is PUNK forever
    When you look back in time you will see many punks throughout history. From Socrates to Genghis Khan, Cleopatra, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Joan of Arc. Issac Newton stands out in my mind, as does Abraham Lincoln. And of course, our punk timeline couldn’t be complete without the punk of all punks- Nikola Tesla, and his quest for innovation and free energy, which could have truly changed everything.

 

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    But sadly, there are many people in this world who do not want this change, whether it be for the greater good of humanity. That’s why punks are so important to this world, because they provide an antithesis to this structure. These dissidents make sure that the wall will never be built that encloses us from our greatest gift – the freedom to be.
    
    Our faithful correspondent John Wisniewski had the opportunity to pick the brain of Lurker Grand, a legendary dissident who was at the forefront of the Swiss Punk & Wave movement, as well as being one of the many authors of the wicked cool book “HOT LOVE: Swiss Punk & Wave 1976 – 1980” which chronicles the rise of the movement in Switzerland with first-hand details and wicked cool imagery.

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JOHN: When did you begin for the book “Hot Love Swiss Punk”?

LURKER: It was released in Fall 2006, because of the 30 years anniversary of Punk Rock. We put almost 3 years of work on it, this with several hundred protagonists of that particular time. That means, this book was done by all of us from that period, and that is THE difference to all of the other Punk Rock books…

JOHN: Who were some of the most popular Swiss punk band of the 70’s?

LURKER: In the US you are aware of the all female band Kleenex later known as Liliput, they are represented by Kill Rockstars and in particular the Riot Grrrl Movement was influenced by them. Kill Rockstar and Mississippi Records did release 2 years ago a 4 LP box of them. Then of course, the Nasal Boys, Sing Sing records out of New York did a re-release last year of their 1978 single “Hot Love” and the most famous, Dieter Meier from Yello, first with his two 7″ and later in the 70’s with the first Yello releases on Ralph Records.

JOHN: Punk rock had exploded internationally, but how was the Swiss Punk uniquely “Swiss”?

LURKER: This is a very good question and not easy to answer. There are certainly different aspects to mention. First, we call it rather SWISS WAVE, than Swiss Punk. If we would have had only PUNK, I would have never made the book. WAVE is the very important aspect in it and gave it that SWISSnes.

Switzerland did not have the youth mouvements in the 50/60/70’s like you did expiercene it in the States. With the idea of Punk, you had many interessting aspects in it…I like to mention  – lettrisme, dadaism, situationism, anarchism, individualism and very important DIY (Do it yourself). Then Switzerland was always a rich and well organiZed country and exaclty when this movement started in New York and London some Swiss did experience it from the beginning over there and brought it to us right away. With the knowledge of those past art movements and the kind of rock n roll (musical) and revolutionary desert in this traditional milk and honey country those seeds found a couple of hundred hungry addicts.And let’s say it, they knew more or less exactly what was to do.

My point is, you had some already intelectual mature persons that did form that scene, they had some influence and sometimes also the right amount of money and on the other hand there was a traditional, very conservative society and on top, a direct democracy. Like.. WE all are the state and we can make things change or not. But nobody did ever want to change anything and the Swiss hippie generation (the youth generation before us) did only talk about it, so it was time for us to really do it and talking did not exist anymore.

This is in my opinion the major aspect in it. Another very important aspect for the Sound of SWISS WAVE is the lake rock n roll culture in our country. So at the time no recording studio knew how Punk did really sound and we did not know how to record it…so all of our early recordings have a typical sound that you can only find in Switzerland. Most of our post productions or re-editions are realized by small labels from around the world. I believe, because we sound different for their
ears, it’s kind of exotic and often very charming to them.

Another and the last aspect I want to mention is, that most of us never did believe that we can make a living out of it. We did not have a Pop music industry somewhere…so we where all very free in expressing our ideas and in many ways very creative…and one thing is for sure, that our scene and the Post punk scene of the 80s did influence and help change many things in today’s Swiss society and everybody I know from that time feels very proud on this.

We have a saying: We don’t know what we want, but we know how to get it!

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JOHN: How is the Swiss punk scene different now, than that of the 70’s and early 80’s? Are there any new Swiss punkers that you like?

LURKER: My point is, punk is not only music, it’s a way of thinking, you want to make dessions for yourself, and you are responsible for yourself and your decisions….so go out there and do it!

Punk became a global phenomenon and you can find it from China to Chile. So I guess in some places of the world it still does mean something…in Switzerland like many other places, punk became a lifestyle thing- pure entertainment for the kids (for a short period in there lives), the media, and everybody that can make a buck out of it…Do I care? Absolutely not! Do I like their music? Sure,why not! Is there more to it? I do not see or feel it, does anybody else?

To give you a better idea, I live partly in Berlin in Germany and last week we had the major elections. The conservative party did win and for their celebration party on TV they did use a song called “Days Like This”..this is an actual song by one of the first Punk bands from Germany, called “Die Toten Hosen”. This band is still going strong today and it’s more than ever time that Punk Rock gets replaced by something that kicks ass again!

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {February 20, 2013} – James Dean’s ‘Life’ Mask {circa. 1955}

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We’ve learned there is a lot of crazy cool stuff on ETSY, but this one has to take the cake as the find (at least of the week)! Does he look familiar to you? He should. He’s a pretty steady regular here for us, at The Eye of Faith; after all, he is the one and only King of being bad, of embracing that rebel spirit and never letting go – JAMES DEAN.

That’s right, kids. This is a death mask of the true blue American icon, and idol of style for millions around the world, both during life and after death. Reminds me of the Elizabeth Taylor mask, Lanier Smith shared with us in the past, but this is, as I said – JAMES DEAN!!!

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Described here by the seller:

They were selling for $900 in California in 1955. That was quite a lot of money. Dean was beloved by many and right now still wildly popular among all generations. This mask was considered unusual because J. Leslie painted it, eyes and all by hand.

It is quite stunning and yes, these absolutely are James Deans features. They were made from the first mask created. 

These are becoming much harder to find, it comes with a license plate that went with the plaster mask.

It states California-James Dean-1931-1955.

Incredible, huh ?! Sometimes you just have to take that search a little further, turn that corner to the next page, and bona fide gems like this are just waiting to say ‘Hey’ to their new owner.

At $395, it’s a little bit our of our league, and maybe a bit frivolous, but God I’d love to own it. As the seller also mentions:  “This is a must have for a true fan, it is as close as you are going to get to a dead man.

Perhaps that’s creepy, but at the risk that James Dean’s death mask will start talking mysteriously one night, I’d be willing to take those chances!

James Dean is our rebel icon. Live Fast. Die Young. And Always Look Your Best – Even in Death.

{You can check out more listings from the dealer, FIVEHANDS CURIOSITIES  here. They have a really great selection of unique and bizarre items from all decades of the past. And while you’re browsing, don’t forget to visit our own hand-picked selection of men’s eclectic finest}

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Emanuelle Riva, Mon Amour . . .

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85-year old French movie star Emanuelle Riva, star of this year’s unapologetic future classic “Amour“, is already making history as the oldest Actress to be nominated in her category at this year’s Academy Awards, and might just be going on to make history again if she wins- making her the oldest Actress to win the Best Actress trophy ever (beating Jessica Tandy’s record back in 1990 for the film “Driving Miss Daisy” at the age of 81).

And with a surprise win at this year’s BAFTA Award (just ask David O’Russell), Ms. Riva might just be on her way to that podium to accept for this year’s Academy Awards, set for February 24. In reaction to her nomination, Riva said:

Emanuelle Riva and Jean Louis Trintignant, 2012

“I am truly happy, touched, and honored to receive, today in New York, a nomination for the role of Anne in AMOUR by Michael Haneke. For me,  it is an immense gift, at this stage of my life, to be chosen by my sisters and brothers, for what I do as an actress. I never thought,  while working throughout the years in Europe and France, that one day, i would cross the Atlantic Ocean, come to the United States, and be nominated. It is quite surreal for me.  Shooting AMOUR with Michael Haneke was a complete joy for me, as I felt an absolute trust in him and we were in complete synch. Michael is the very music of his own film.”

[Awards Daily]

The film is nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Style enthusiasts will be excited to see what Ms. Riva busts onto the red carpet come the big night. But, just because of her age, don’t count her out on making an impression. She is French, after all.

But on top of that, she is a star that has been working in the industry overseas for decades upon decades.

Amour 2012 Stars Emanuelle Riva and Jean Louis Trintignant

Hiroshima mon amour

HiroshimaMonAmour

Leave it to the Academy to wait until one of the most talented actresses there has ever been is 85 years old to garner a nomination. One of the first films that ever made a real impact on my style, and on my creative outlook was the 1959 art-house film classic, “Hiroshima, Mon Amour“, which aptly starred the beautiful blonde French bombshell (indeed, she was!).

The film was directed my Alain Resnais (“The Last Year At Marienbad“), and written by the novelist Margeurite Duras, in one of the most incredibly poetic screenplays ever written.

Emanulle Riva Goes A Little Crazy

Emanuelle Riva and Eji okada in Hiroshima Mon Amour

Emanuelle Riva Sexy in Hiroshima Mon Amour 1959 film

The film is fascinating as it travels in and out of the streets of Hiroshima, shot after the tragedy of the Atom bomb.

The film explores an interracial romance between Emanuelle Riva, a French Actress filming a war picture and her romance with the brilliantly handsome Eji Okada, and the culture clash that surrounds them in the beautiful ruins of the sad Japanese landmark.

The film is groundbreaking for the two as Eji Okada is given an almost European sophistication, not to mention a major dose of sex-appeal (something Asian men were not given in films at this time), and Emanuelle Riva bravely explores a plethora of conditions and situations as her character explores her past.

Emanuelle Riva shows off some major chops in this film – showing a range that could only be described as Award-worthy.

Sadly, the Academy was not up to snuff with their foreign film actresses, so it’s great today to see that so many talents from around the world are accepted into the limelight of fame and stardom no matter their age or race – what matters most is talent. And by gosh, does Emanuelle Riva have that!

Emanuelle Riva - Hiroshima Mon Amour Still

She is an actress that deserves to be recognized, and whose beauty we are lucky to have been captured on film over sixty years ago . Granted, she is very beautiful still, even at 85 years of age, but it’s really great to glimpse the actress in her younger years, watching her take big risks and break huge grounds. If it weren’t for her risky performances in the past, there probably wouldn’t even be the possibility of the range we see now for female actors in the industry.

Amour 2012- screen shots - EMANUELLE RIVA and Jean Louis Trintignant

Beauty can be summed up in many ways, but most importantly, it is this attitude of unwillingness to coincide with the expectations of the norms that is the most beautiful aspect of any human being there can be.

Fingers crossed for Emanulle Riva come the big night (if not her, we’d love to see little Quevenzhane Wallis take the prize!).

Until next time!

Emanuelle Riva, Mon Amour . . . 

Sincerely,

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MONDAY {MUSIC MINUTE}: “Dance of the Knights” by Prokofiev

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This piece from the 1930s, entitled “Dance of the Knights”, is a piece from Prokofiev’s score for a ballet version of Shakespeare’s famous work “Romeo + Juliet”. The piece has since been used hundreds of times over in film, television, fashion, and music. Bands including The Smiths, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Tears for Fears, and Muse have used the piece as their walk on music.

It was also famously used in the 1990 commercial for Chanel’s perfume, Egoiste, to great acclaim.

The music perfectly captures the mood of strong, handsome, and powerful men taking on the world. The piece is a little dark and moody; tough, but elegant – we thought it was the perfect piece to kick off the week, for everyone! So here goes.

This is Prokofiev’s “Dace of the Knights!

Would make a great song to listen to as you storm the sidewalks, and the tell the world who’s boss. . .

Hope you Enjoy!

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