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Fancy and Folly: Giving Me The Silent Treatment

When I first saw the trailers for “The Artist“, shortly after it’s premier at the Cannes Film Festival that would lead to Jean Dujardin’s Best Actor win at the prestigious art festival, I was not impressed. Silly folly, I thought. Reductive (Thanks, Madonna). Wasted Inspiration. How could this “NEW” silent film set in th 20s really make a splash? There was no way, in my mind, that the audiences of 2011 would really appreciate the novelty…but surprisingly, they did!

Don’t know what it is about this one (as I’m still stubbornly NOT seeing it) that really taps a chord with everyone these days, but one thing is certain we have a hit on our hands! Picking up seven wins at the British Academy Awards last night, the film is continuing it’s unbeatable winning streak all the way to the Oscars.

Granted, the recreation of the 1920s looks great (especially costumes by first-time Academy Award nominee Mark Bridges, who painstakingly recreated designs from the 20s), not to mention Du Jardin’s charisma and winning smile, but there seems to be something so defeatist about watching a silent film made in 2012.

Why do I need to see this? I have seen many silent films, some of which are the most impressive pieces of film making, or dare I say ART, I’ve ever seen: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920), “Birth of a Nation”(1915) , “Intolerance”(1916), “The Gold Rush”(1925), “Metropolis”(1927), “Voyage to the Moon” (1902), and “Pandora’s Box” (1929) are all some of the most important films ever made, as well as full of some of the most visually arresting images of all time.

 

All these films were made before sound became an unstoppable force in making movies. Before this time, the power of image and word, and the novelty of the moving image was enough to begin a revolution that would become Hollywood. And don’t think that because these films were made without sound that they are PG fair, because most silent classics are full of adultery, scandal, ghosts, vampires, drugs, sex, violence, and witches- all the things we love at The Eye of Faith, minus the rock n’ roll!

Watching the films of that time are magical in itself, as it’s probablly the closest any of us could ever get to time travel in our lifetime. It’s fascinating getting lost in Louise Miller’s beautiful bow lips, or catching Valentino’s devilish gaze- these celluloid dreams are the closest thing we have to these faded idols of yesteryear and their long lonst lost time. Having been made on film, we are getting a literal imprint of a moment in time playing out before our eyes. Absolute magic!

Back in those days, they didn’t have any of the technology we have today to make movies- all you had was a team full of people and a whole lot of passion to try to tell your story. Even “The Artist” couldn’t escape from having the shoot the film first in Colour, to then digitally manipulate the film to the lauded black and white photogrpahy being praised today.

Back in the 1920s, there is no way they would have shot a film only to have to redo it completely somewhere else; if time meant money now, time really meant money in those days- but today in 2012, I’m afraid that time for these jewels only means edging closer and closer to obscurity.

Ultimately, it’s about love for movies in general. I cannot fault director Michel Hazanavicius’ vision, bringing his ode to Silent Era to the masses, and hopefully with it’s growing popularity the film can also bring some love to the real classics of the 1910s and 1920s. However, I can’t help but think “The Artist” may even further dampened our view of the true days of Hollywood Babylon. Reductive.

Many people, like myself, see all the promos for “The Artist” and can’t see past the gimmick of it all. (I mean, REALLY?!!) Hopefully this doesn’t taint the idea of watching a real classic- seeing as you can watch a “NEW” one. Or maybe I’m being much too cynical and everything is jolly! It’s great to see so much love for the past, in general though. Perhaps simply, the time of nostalgia has really struck.

Throughout the years, silent films have provided an endless source of inspiration. Luckily, many silent films are being restored and archived so future generations can enjoy the magic of the past. Watching a silent film, you can almost feel lucky, as if somehow you have found a hidden doorway to the past, and luckily you can stay there (at least for an hour or two).

Lest we forget from whence we came, and enjoy a piece of the puzzle today!

We’ve included a scene from 1928’s “The Laughing Man” (a precursor to Batman’s iconic villain The Joker) for your viewing pleasure.

[And if you have a lot of time on your hand OpenFlix on Youtube has a ton of Full Length classic films for Free including the 1922 Swedish Documentary HAXAN on the History of Witchcraft!!! Silent and Spooky. Click Here.]

Now you have a good trajectory. So, have fun!!!

[PORTLANDIA:SEASON 2]

 

Sincerely,
{theEye}

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E.O.F. Style Idol: Frankie Avalon, Teen Idol Worship

“I think today’s music absolutely stinks. I really do mean that.”

Frankie Avalon (b.1940).

Don’t worry, we know. Considering today’s reigning teen idol is Mr. Justin Bieber – you know him- it’s easy to see Mr. Avalon’s remorse. Sure the boy from Stratford has plenty of swag, but to Frankie Avalon I’m sure he’s no Teen Angel!

Frankie ascended the throne of Teen Supreme  starring in “Beach Party”with Beachgirl Extraordinarie Annette Funicello, the first of five official “Beach Party” films that would spin “Beach Party” mythology into the public realm, and without a doubt kick fashion’s ass.

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Frankie Avalon was far too much a sweetheart to ever kick anyone’s ass, but his die-hard all american 1960s summer fashions definitely do all the talking anyone needs.

It would be this single released Feb. 2, 1959 , “Venus”, that would debut a young gentleman from Philadelphia’s sparkling talents. Couldn’t imagine the Biebs crooning so cool.

So please enjoy…1959-style!

Sincerely,

-The Eye x

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Playboy Shutdown!

Don’t panic, this is just a transition. It’s just been announced this week Playboys Chicago headquarters will be closing their doors, and editorial, art and photo departments will be moving to California to continue publishing the magazine. But no word on the fate of other departments which will still run from the Chicago location.

“Some of the magazine’s Chicago employees have been asked to relocate, while others have been asked to stay on in Chicago to ensure a seamless transition,” Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said in a statement.

Hefner acknowledged the upcoming changes himself in an October 2012 interview: “I think we’re probably going to be doing that out of economic concerns, yes,” Hefner said. “We will be probably consolidating on the West Coast.”

The magazine was established from a Chicago apartment in 1953, but it wasn’t until 1975 that Hefner relocated to L.A. and founded the Playboy Mansion we know and love.

Today we pay homage to the fine art department that endured for so many years with some of our favourite Playboy covers.

Do you think Playboy still has a bright future in sunny California?

-The Eye

 

 

 

Modern Mystery Men: Voyage to Voynich {Vintage Style Inspiration 2013}

The strange, wonderful, and perplex. The Voynich Manuscripts . . . the World’s most wildly weird book. Full of strange diagrams and cryptic text, many generations have passed and still no one has been able to make anything of it.

The book is hidden deep away in Yale’s Rare Book Collection making it kind of hard for eager schoolboys to study all of its mysteries . . .The word ‘mystery’, strangely enough comes from the Greek mustrion meaning ‘secret rite’ [from musts, an initiate, from mein, to close the eyes, initiate.]

The mystery would gather together at sacred times in sacred places performing rituals, celebrations, and rites of passage. These sacred ceremonies were held to ensure certain higher knowledge is passed on to the initiate who is chosen under certain circumstances (possessing special intellectual or spiritual prowess, or defining periods in one’s life eg. marriage)

Not to presuppose of course, we all remember Yale is home to one of the World’s most infamous ‘mysteries’ of them all; the notorious ‘Skull and Bones’ society. The notorious fraternity traces its roots to 1832 as ‘The Order of the Skull and Bones”, and includes such influential names as Rockefeller, Tate, Pillsbury, and Bush.

The group operates in secrecy, much as their ancient mystery counterparts, holding their rituals in a building known as ‘The Tomb’. The lost boys were said to possess the last remains of Geronimo. Sounds like a bunch of hocus pocus from an Indiana Jones movie, reads like one too.

Over the years the boys have gotten tied up in strings of allegations and scandals that range from sexual abuse, torture, and Satan worshipping! Not to mention the associations with the Illuminati . . . Seems to me like someone needs to do their homework.

“I don’t mind if my skull ends up on a shelf as long as it’s got my name on it.”

                                              -Debbie Harry

What do you say? Is it all too convenient the World’s weirdest manuscript has landed in the same turf? Maybe they know something we don’t about this strange codex, its weirdly wonderful drawings, and the wisdom that it may entail. Perhaps it provides them with the ingredients to perform the rituals of their predecessors, or maybe they simply see it the same way we do, and this obscure Renaissance relic will continue to be at loss to modern man, and appear as a precarious dot in the framework of history.

I’ll give it to the boys, they have always been doing it in style. Exploring the delicate and strange beauty of the Voynich Manuscripts is a true wonder, and I’d study up now before they do.

The manuscript is available online courtesy of the Beincecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Looks to us like everyone’s bathing . . .

 

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E.O.F. Approved: In the Land of the Midnight Sun

We know we’d stay warm in this amazing hooded vintage fur Jacket from the famous furrier Jonas Brothers Seattle-Alaska from the 1950’s. Hand sewn triangle details, and made from genuine Pine Martens with Coyote fur trim, cuff and collar, we can see ourselves on a dogsled cruising village to village looking extremely wild.

If only it wasn’t already sold by the time we stumbled onto this one at Monster Vintage, you better believe we’d be rocking this in the city!

 

Beauty or a beast?! Let us know what you think.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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Are you speaking Greek? Or did somebody Shit on Charlton Heston??

Born John Charles Carter, actor Charlton Heston has portrayed many iconic men from Moses to Michelangelo. But due to a misfortunate coincidence, the thespian must go by a different credit in Greece. Heston becomes Easton, because Heston means ‘to shit on him’. And that simply, would be too obscene to put up in lights.

Scene from 1965’s The Agony and the Ecstasy, the story of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.

Fun Fact from the E.O.F.
-The Eye

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Christmas, Christmas Time is Here…

Our Very Vintage Christmas has arrived, and not a moment too soon! Been dying to share some lost memories, as mentioned earlier.

No fancy video, but enjoy the song as you peruse the small collection of X-mas fun and fancy. Couldn’t not, really. Looking forward to bringing more Vintage joys into the new year!

Check out the past!

Shock value.

Santa Saves.

Christmas Joys.

Shock Value.

Happy Holidays faithful followers and friends, and an equal Happy Holidays to all you kind strangers!

Sincerely into the Future,

-The Eye x

Sexy/Cool [Part 2/2]

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”

                          -Oscar Wilde.

(1). The Original Sin.

(2). Charlotte Rampling in Furs.

(3). ‘LOLITA’ (1962)

(4). The Body Form.

(5) The Bite of Teeth.

(6). Daria, Fur, & Kiri Ichiban.

“Sexiness is all in the eye of the beholder. I think it should be. Absolutely. My sex appeal, whatever it might be, isn’t obvious… at least to me.”

                                                                                                         –Sharon Tate.

Quotes via Brainyquote.


The Eye.

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E.O.F. Approved: Take Ivy! [Vintage 1930s/40s ‘Princeton’ Mens Sweater]

Take Ivy is right, ladies and gentlemen. The epitome of style, the roots of civilization (as we know it), stems from the halls of the Great American Ivy League Schools. Princeton is no exception, and there’s a chance to own a piece of the tradition here.


Great vintage wear to it, and I absolutely love the bright orange ‘P’. Very cool!

The neckline is very nice, as well. Love the way it’s knit. Can’t recall seeing anything like that on store shelves today.

The best thing about vintage is these things can be yours! To buy , click here. But quick before it’s too late!

You’ll definitely be a Dapper-Dan. Who named it the Depression anyway?

Simplicity is always key! Doesn’t take an Ivy League education to know that, just some Ivy Style. For more Ivy Style we reccomend Teroyushi Hayashida’s photo documentation of the American Ivy League during it’s heydey in “Take Ivy”.

First published in 1965, the book became a cult hit in Japan, with it’s showcasing of hundreds of authentic Ivy League looks.  For a long while, the book was out of publication, and has only last year come back into print. Each page is amazing, lush, and detailed; setting you up for thousands of your own stories of life behind Ivy League walls…

Grab your own copy, or head to Amazon to get the perfect gift for that fashion obsessed friend. Either/Or. You pick.


The Eye.
xo

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