I am Colin, a classic literature nut, general bibliophile, fiend for classic films, and introvert extraordinaire.

The story of The Man Who Laughs/ L'homme qui rit is also near-and-dear to me and the blog has become somewhat of a fandom space for it (although there doesn't seem to be many of us, sadly). I will occasionally post personal things too.

Feel free to message me and check out my blogspot site (link below) where I post longer musings and lengthy analyses on various topics.

 

mol-bay:

Silence is of the gods; only monkeys chatter” - Buster Keaton


It was Gwynplaine’s laugh which created the laughter of others, yet he did not laugh himself. His face laughed; his thoughts did not. The extraordinary face which chance or a special and weird industry had fashioned for him, laughed alone. Gwynplaine had nothing to do with it. The outside did not depend on the interior. The laugh which he had not placed, himself, on his brow, on his eyelids, on his mouth, he could not remove. It had been stamped for ever on his face. It was automatic, and the more irresistible because it seemed petrified.

It was Gwynplaine’s laugh which created the laughter of others, yet he did not laugh himself. His face laughed; his thoughts did not. The extraordinary face which chance or a special and weird industry had fashioned for him, laughed alone. Gwynplaine had nothing to do with it. The outside did not depend on the interior. The laugh which he had not placed, himself, on his brow, on his eyelids, on his mouth, he could not remove. It had been stamped for ever on his face. It was automatic, and the more irresistible because it seemed petrified.

theshadowstudio:

I’ve decided to retire the Belle and the Enchanted Rose papercut. I have one that I cut a couple of weeks ago which is available on Etsy, but after that one sells, I don’t intend to cut another one.

While I really quite enjoy the process of cutting my normal silhouettes over and over and trying to make them uniform, for the more intricate papercut pieces that I do with a scalpel, I would prefer to focus that time on making new things, not recreating the same pieces, so it is safe to assume that any of the more intricate papercut pieces are one-of-a-kind and will not be reproduced if they sell.

On the bright side, I promise there is a new Beauty and the Beast papercut on the horizon soon!

theoscarsproject:

The Elephant Man (1980). A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
This is a good film, but it tends to get a little saccharine for me, particularly when you consider it coming from David Lynch who’s usually a little more ruthless in his emotional undercurrent. That said, John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft turn in sterling performances, and the make up in this is phenomenal (actually being the film that made the Academy launch a hair and make-up award - well overdue). The set pieces are awesome too, and it’s interesting to watch in the sense that it’s a film that feels a lot older than it is. If it wasn’t for Hopkins who is so recognisable, I would’ve placed it maybe in the late fifties, not early eighties. It adds a degree of believably which makes some scenes all the more traumatic. 8/10. 

theoscarsproject:

The Elephant Man (1980). A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

This is a good film, but it tends to get a little saccharine for me, particularly when you consider it coming from David Lynch who’s usually a little more ruthless in his emotional undercurrent. That said, John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft turn in sterling performances, and the make up in this is phenomenal (actually being the film that made the Academy launch a hair and make-up award - well overdue). The set pieces are awesome too, and it’s interesting to watch in the sense that it’s a film that feels a lot older than it is. If it wasn’t for Hopkins who is so recognisable, I would’ve placed it maybe in the late fifties, not early eighties. It adds a degree of believably which makes some scenes all the more traumatic. 8/10. 

mydustycloset:

So yesterday I finally watched Panna a Netvor (Czechoslovakia, 1978) and I liked it SO much! The film is a gothic/gloomy/lugubrious version of the well-known fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.

I loved the colors and the beautiful decadent atmosphere that moves you to a dark and timeless fairytale world. Also, the sound of a pipe organ helps to create this dark atmosphere.

So, if you like this kind of vintage fantasy/horror movies, you should check it! Of course, don’t expect sophisticated special effects, even though the film is pretty well done.

Oh! And I absolutely fell in love with the main song, I can’t take it out of my mind!

davideht:

L’Homme Qui Rit (2012) is a French film starring Gérard Depardieu, Marc-André Grondin and Christa Theret. It’s based on the drama/horror/romance novel written by Victor Hugo, following the adventures of Gwynplaine, a young boy in 17th century England, whose mutilated face resembles a constant, maniacal smile. The cinematography is, frankly, to die for. 

nitratediva:

From Show Girl in Hollywood (1930). This shot reveals what an early talkie musical would have looked like while being filmed—from inside one of the enclosed, soundproof camera booths which became so sweltering at times that they were ironically called “iceboxes.”

nitratediva:

From Show Girl in Hollywood (1930). This shot reveals what an early talkie musical would have looked like while being filmed—from inside one of the enclosed, soundproof camera booths which became so sweltering at times that they were ironically called “iceboxes.”

musicgeekstress:

Obsessed these days with #phantomoftheopera with #charlesdance Digital drawings by Christine Hirtescu 2014.

mayormadeleinerobin:

maedhrys replied to your post “what’s the pun ?? o:”

there really needs to be a Cyrano fandom! can two people start a fandom or

pleASE.  let’s just do it.

an open call to anyone else who would like to join the Cyrano fandom, come join :D

I’d be a happy third in a Cyrano fandom.