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STYLE {WISE} Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

HŠxan (1922) Filmografinr: 1922/06

Poor little hysterical witch! In the middle ages you were in conflict with the church. Now it is with the law.

Title Card: “Häxan (1922)”

We really ought to be saving this one for our own private inspiration board, but a higher wisdom has urged us to share.  We swear!

This sinisterly beautiful Style {WISE} is from the archives of cinema history. Back to the days of the silent film, where the power of imagery ruled supreme.

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The film is the 1922 Pseudo Documentary Art-House Horror Silent Classic, Häxan (pronounced “hek-sen”). Imaginations soared through creative interpretations of alleged real-life events right up through to the early twentieth century.  The Swedish Film was directed, written, and starring Benjamin Christensen as the Devil himself.

Ultimately  comparing the hysteria of contemporary (1921) women with the behaviour of the witches in the Middle Ages; the film concludes that they are very similar. Hey, we never said a peep! {click here for more}

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Title Card: Centuries have passed and the Almighty of medieval times no longer sits in his tenth sphere.

Title Card: We no longer sit in church staring terrified at the frescoes of the devils.

Title Card: The witch no longer flies away on her broom over the rooftops.

Title Card: But isn’t superstition still rampant among us?

Title Card: Is there an obvious difference between the sorceress and her customer then and now?

Title Card: We no longer burn our old and poor. But do they not often suffer bitterly?

Title Card: And the little woman, whom we call hysterical, alone and unhappy, isn’t she still a riddle for us?

Title Card: Nowadays we detain the unhappy in a mental institution or – if she is wealthy – in a modern clinic.

Title Card: And then we will console ourselves with the notion that the mildly temperate shower of the clinic has replaced the barbaric methods of medieval times.

Häxan (1922)

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What’s most fascinating is the way they amp up the already iconic images we have in our mind when we turn our thoughts to the idea of witchcraft, the frenzy of the medieval times, and the rugged decay of the Medieval Times. All these elements are intensified and, almost glamourized, for the silver screen in a way only the 1920s could make happen.

Wouldn’t it be great to  see more powerful imagery like this come to the forefront today, while still staying beautiful ? Perhaps some of you beauties will find some inspiration to take with you after your visit here with The Eye of Faith.

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Witchcraft through the Ages (1922 Sweden) aka Haxan Documentary

Häxan: Witchcraft through the ages, is a true experience for the eyes and ears,  with music beautifully composed by Emil Reesen.

Seemingly a silent horror sensation, but truly a documentation of modern man.

So much faith is thrown into the blind eyes of God, as fellow man takes judgement and punishment upon himself.

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Just a little something-something to get those juices flowing!

Until we meet again?

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Music Minute: “I Was A Teenage Creature” by Lord Luther


Lord Luther aka Luther McDaniels was born in Panola County Texas and started singing gospel at an early age.

In the mid 50’s he started a Doo Wop group,  The Four Deuces. Based out of California, they recorded a few singles in 1956, including the hit single W-P-J-L. After the group disbanded in late 1956, he continued recording and releasing records under the name Lord Luther. This was his second solo release in 1958.

 

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Commercial Break: I Married A Witch (1942)


Well well well, Halloweens nearly here.  Just around the corner!  And we feel as if we cannot get ahead on posting all the spooky ghoulish goodies that we’d love to bring to our readers.  Today we renounce the horror of Halloween and reflect on a time back in the 1940s, we know our retro readers will enjoy.


Starring a vivacious Veronica Lake as Jennifer, a 15th century Witch, brought into the present time with her father Daniel.  Both were imprisoned in a tree until a bolt of lightning freed the pair.  In an effort to exact revenge, Jennifer sets out in a diabolical plan to find the ancestors of the bigots who burnt her and her father centuries before.

High-jinks ensue in this romantic comedy, as Jennifer tracks down the puritan Jonathan Wooley (played by Fredric March), who is unhappily engaged at present.  The ambitious witch crafts a plan to steal and marry the man,  but the only way she can entice him to her eccentric ways is by using a Love Potion.


Tensions mounted on the set, and Lake had a rebellious steak.  Making a reputation for herself as being difficult to work with, sneaking weight’s under her dress when March was scripted to effortlessly carry her away.  And antics such as wedging her heel into the leading actors foot off camera to throw off her co-star.  Lake would fade into obscurity as the pictures evolved in the coming years, leaving behind a legacy of luscious side swept blonde hair, and a notorious attitude of a true Witch.

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {June 25, 2012}

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Cannes 2012 Lineup Announced!

Each year a certain brand of artistic achievement is showcased and honored in Cannes. It’s a mysterious quality, always. Perhaps it’s the inevitable “European”-ness of it all; you picture the cameras, the stars, the glamour, all done French Riviera style (very easy to romance). But for most people there, it’s really about the true art of the screen, and that for one is a true pleasure.

Browsing through our press kit for this year’s Cannes Film Festival we can’t help but notice   President Gilles Jacobs’ sentiment

 “What has changed in cinema? Everything. Gone, the pioneers and the innocence, the way of filming, cameras, understanding audiences, duration, rhythm, acting…In a world that sacrifices everything to what’s superficial, to the new-best-thing, to the lowest common denominator, to the non-debate of ideas through apathy, what counts, what makes us strong, is our passion for cinema and for those who make it”

This year, the lineup at Cannes is highly impressive, and boasts a handsome list of  international talent. Some of the directors competing this year include David Cronenberg, Michael Haneke, and 88-year old French Auteur, Alain Resnais.

As for the stars, there should be no shortage. Some names to expect to see: Tilda Swinton (Moonrise Kingdom), Brad Pitt (Killing Me Softly), Isabelle Hupert (L’Amour), Jessica Chastain (Lawless), Mia Wasikowska (Lawless), and of Twilight lore – Kristen Stewart (On the Road) and Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis).

Some of the past winners of the Palme D’Or,  include: Apocalypse Now (1979)The Tree of Life (2011)La Dolce Vita (1960)Jigoku [“Gate of Hell”] (1954) Taxi Driver (1976)Pulp Fiction (1994)Paris, Texas (1984)Wild at Heart (1990)The Piano (1993),  The Pianist (2002)and Elephant (2003)All have undoubtedly further the art of the cinema, as well as the art of style itself.

So, here’s the list:

OPENING NIGHT FILM:

Moonrise Kingdom – Dir: Wes Anderson

COMPETITION (20 FILMS):

Rust and Bone – Dir. Jacques Audiard
Holy Motors – Dir. Leos Carax
Cosmopolis – Dir. David Cronenberg
The Paperboy – Dir. Lee Daniels
Killing Them Softly – Dir. Andrew Dominik
Reality – Dir. Matteo Garrone
Love (Amour) – Dir. Michael Haneke
Lawless – Dir. John Hillcoat
In Another Country – Dir. Hong Sang-soo
Taste of Money – Dir. Im Sang-soo
Like Someone In Love – Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
The Angels’ Share – Dir. Ken Loach
Beyond the Hills – Dir. Cristian Mungiu
After the Battle (Baad el Mawkeaa) – Dir. Yousry Nasrallah
Mud – Dir. Jeff Nichols
You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet – Dir. Alain Resnais
Post Tenebras Lux – Dir. Carlos Reygadas
On the Road – Dir. Walter Salles
Paradise: Love – Dir. Ulrich Seidl
The Hunt (Jagten) – Dir. Thomas Vinterberg

CLOSING NIGHT FILM:

Therese Desqueyroux – Dir. Claude Miller

UN CERTAIN REGARD (17 FILMS):

Miss Lovely – Dir. Ashim Ahluwalia
La Playa – Dir. Juan Andres Arango
God’s Horses (Les Chevaus de Dieu) – Dir. Nabil Ayouch
Trois Mondes – Dir. Catherine Corsini
Antiviral – Dir. Brandon Cronenberg
7 Days in Havana – Dirs. Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, Julio Medem, Gaspar Noé, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabío, Pablo Trapero
Le Grand Soir – Dirs. Benoît Delépine & Gustave de Kervern
Laurence Anyways – Dir. Xavier Dolan
Despues de Lucia – Dir. Michel Franco
Aimer a Perdre la Raison – Dir. Joachim Lafosse
Mystery – Dir. Lou Ye
Student – Dir. Darezhan Omirbayev
The Pirogue (La Pirogue) – Dir. Moussa Touré
White Elephant (Elefante Blanco) – Dir. Pablo Trapero
Confession of a Child of the Century – Dir. Sylvie Verheyde
11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate – Dir. Koji Wakamatsu
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Dir. Benh Zeitlin

OUT OF COMPETITION (3 FILMS):

Hemingway & Gellhorn – Dir. Philip Kaufman
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – Dirs. Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Me and You – Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci

SPECIAL SCREENINGS (5 FILMS):

Polluting Paradise – Dir. Fatih Akin
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir – Dir. Laurent Bouzereau
The Central Park Five – Dirs. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Les Invisibles – Dir. Sebastien Lifshitz
Journal de France – Dirs. Claudine Nougaret & Raymond Depardon
A Musica Segundo Tom Jobim – Dir. Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Villegas – Dir. Gonzalo Tobal
Mekong Hotel – Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS (2 FILMS):

Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D – Dir. Dario Argento
The Legend of Love & Sincerity (Ai To Makoto) – Dir. Takashi Miike

 

 Who do you think’s going to carry it all the way this year? Let us know! Leave a comment below!

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Photoblast: Playing with the Devils!

It lies within the devils we conjure daily, or the devils we wish to control. Deep in the heart of man, it’s waiting. There is an eternal balance of good and bad. There is a light inside of ourselves, yearning to play with the demons that hide in the shadows.


Wether it be in breath or death, we want a reason to lose ourselves in the hands of the dark. Today we let Satan roll the dice. He’s out to play, and may not go away, but at least we know we’re alive.

“Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, it’s just god when he’s drunk.
Tom Waits

I don’t even own a TV because I think it’s the devil.
Cameron Diaz

I praticed making faces in the mirror and it would drive my mother crazy. She used to scare me by saying that I was going to see the devil if I kept looking in the mirror. That fascinated me even more, of course.
Jim Carrey

I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.
Aleister Crowley

Would you let the Devil in if he pounded on your door with a promise?

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E.O.F : Play that funky music white girl!

Carnival of Souls features a heavy handed soundtrack of Organ music.  Infact, ONLY organ music can be heard through this entire film.

This clip is a heightened moment of the film, where all of the inner demons come flowing out of the main character Mary, played by Candace Hilligoss.   We hear the beauty of the classic organ, and get a glimpsein the pure madness it may take to truly master such an instrument.


Do you appreciate the organ? Or does it drive you mad??
-The Eye
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