Winter | Paintings by Gabriele Münter (1908-1948)

Gabriele Münter, Häuser im Schnee, 1933
Gabriele Munter, Breakfast of Birds, 1934
Gabriele Munter, Winter im Murnauer Moos, 1932
Gabriele Munter, Winter im Murnauer Moos, 1932
 Gabriele Munter, Three Houses in Snow, 1933
Gabriele Münter, Kochel, Snowy Landscape with Houses, 1909
Gabriele Münter, A house in the winter sun, 1909
Gabriele Münter, Landstrasse im Schnee, 1911
Gabriele Münter, Landstrasse im Schnee, 1911
Gabriele Münter, Murnauer Moos, 1946
Gabriele Münter, Morgenschatten, 1924
Gabriele Münter, Eisplatz, 1908
Gabriele Münter, Tauwetter Murnau, 1948
Gabriele Münter, The yellow house, 1909
    Gabriele Münter, Blue Mountains and Snow, 1933

Gabriele Münter (Berlin, 1877 – 1962) was a German expressionist painter who was at the forefront of the
Munich avant-garde in the early 20th century. She studied and lived with the painter Wassily Kandinsky
and was a founding member of the expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter.

Gabriele Münter in 1900


Greta Chi | Photos by Loomis Dean, 1959

Greta Chi by Loomis Dean, 1959
Greta Chi by Loomis Dean, 1959
Greta Chi by Loomis Dean, 1959
Greta Chi by Loomis Dean, 1959

Book//mark - What Is to Be Done? | Nikolai Chernyshevsky, 1863

What Is to Be Done?, 1905                                                                                                  Nikolai Chernyshevsky (1828-1889)

“But does it really help if a person doesn't realize what he lacks, or, if he does, he insists that he doesn't need it at all? That's an illusion, a fantasy. Human nature is stifled by reason, circumstances, and pride. It keeps silent and doesn't make itself known to one's consciousness, all the while
silently doing its work of undermining life.” 

“There's no task more difficult than duping a sincere, honest man if he has the least bit of intelligence and life experience. Reasonably intelligent individuals are never hoodwinked individually. But they possess another, equally harmful form of this human frailty: they are subject to mass
delusion. A swindler will never be able to lead a single individual by the nose; but as for a large group taken together, their noses are always ready
and willing! Meanwhile, the swindlers, weak as individuals and each led by his own nose, when taken together can never be led by their noses.
That's the whole secret of world history.” 

“You ask me what I seek in life. I wish neither to dominate nor to be dominated. I wish neither to dissimulate nor deceive; nor do I wish to exert myself to acquire what I am told is necessary, but of which I do not feel the need. I do not desire wealth. I wish to be independent and live in my own fashion.” 

 “What I do know is that I wish to be free; that I do not wish to be under obligations to any one. I wish to act after my own fancy. Let others do the same. I respect the liberty of others, as I wish them to respect mine.”

“What a pity that at the present hour there are still more than ten antediluvians for every new man! It is very natural, however.
An antediluvian world can have only an antediluvian population.”

“We entered the workrooms; the girls who were occupied there seemed to be dressed like daughters, sisters, or young wives of these same officials. Some wore dresses made of the plainest silk, others wore barege or muslin. Their faces reflected the gentleness and tenderness that can come only
from a life of contentment. You can imagine how all this surprised me.”

 “Good feeling towards those we love implies a great desire for their happiness. Now, there is no happiness without liberty. You would not wish to stand in my way; no more so I wish to stand in yours. If you should stand in your own way for my sake, you would offend me.” 

 “We feel free only with our equals.”

“Isn’t that always the way it is: if a person’s inclined to look for something, he finds it wherever he looks. Even if there’s no trace of it at all, he still finds clear evidence. Even if there’s not even a shadow, still he sees not only a shadow of what he’s looking for but everything he’s looking for. He sees it in the most unmistakable terms, and these terms become clearer with each new glance and every new thought.” 

Nikolai Chernyshevsky, What Is to Be Done?, 1863

Flick Review < Under the Volcano | John Huston, 1984

This film was made and released about 37 years afters its source semi-autobiographical novel by
 Malcolm Lowry was first published in 1947. John Huston never knew Malcolm Lowry, the author 
of the novel Under the Volcano. However, John Huston said that he read a biography about Malcolm
 Lowry to which he read some names of people who were friends with him and Malcolm Lowry.

Geoffrey Firmin: 
He on whose heart the dust of Mexico has lain, will find no peace in any other land.

Geoffrey Firmin: 
Hell is my natural habitat.

Geoffrey Firmin: 
There is nothing more real than magic.

“I’m dying without you. Come back to me, Yvonne"

Geoffrey Firmin: No si puede vivir sin amar.
Yvonne Firmin: What?
Geoffrey Firmin: One cannot live without love.

Geoffrey Firmin: 
I mustn't judge others - as I judge myself.

Geoffrey Firmin: 
How, unless you drink as I do, can you hope to understand the beauty of an old 
indian woman playing dominoes with a chicken?

Under the Volcano (1984)
Director: John Huston
Writers: Malcolm Lowry (novel), Guy Gallo (screenplay)
Cinematography: Gabriel Figueroa
Stars: Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews

On lead actor Albert Finney in this "Under the Volcano" film, director John Huston said:
 "I think it's the finest performance I have ever witnessed, let alone directed".

Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews, and Albert Finney in Under the Volcano (1984)
Jacqueline Bisset and Albert Finney / Under the Volcano (Dir. John Huston, 1984)
Film Poster for John Huston's Under The Volcano (1984)

Luis Bunuel had tried to get this set up around 1964-1965
with Laurence Olivier and Jeanne Moreau.

"On several occasions, both American and European producers have suggested that I tackle
a film version of Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano, a novel set in Cuernavaca.  I've read
the book many times but cannot come up with a solution for the cinema. If you confine yourself
to the action, it's hopelessly banal,  because everything important takes place within the main
 character, and how can inner conflicts be translated into effective images on a screen?
To date, I've read eight different screenplays, but not one of them seems convincing. Other directors
 besides myself have been tempted by the beauty of the story, but so far no one has made the movie."

 Luis Bunuel, My Last Breath, 1987

Jack Nicholson joined Anjelica Huston at the premiere of her father
John Huston's film "Under the Volcano" in 1984

* Jack Nicholson was sometimes on the set while Under the Volcano (1984) was being filmed.


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