Wednesday, March 30, 2011


just some pics for your enjoyment

“Sin of Self-Love Possesseth All Mine Eye And All My Soul and All My Every Part…”~Shakespeare

I am my own photomodel :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Island

Author of the blog tells/writes mostly about what is not so generally known as the modern day international pop-culture events and people, which Author dislikes, especially the modern day Russian ones.
The Russian-Lithuanian movie, released in 1971, is my favorite screen version of the book Treasure Island (1883) by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). Could I forget the main character Jim Hawkins? The blond blue-eyed boy with his golden skin and natural pony-tail, which long hair would be a usual hairstyle among the comely blue-eyed blond youths of the Baltic republics, soon after 1971. In 1971, other imaginative movie was realized, Death in Venice. Two movies in 1971. Two seashores. Two beautiful blond boys. Two screen versions. Two books by European classic writers. Coincidence? Personally I don’t believe in coincidences.
Could I forget the delightful soundtrack? The music with the distinct Celtic motif (note: it was in 1971, Evil empire) is in harmony with some screen shots and mood of the movie so much that it gives a perfect poetic wholeness which makes the movie a kind of a precious cameo, a “Stevensonian cameo”, if you like. The music makes feel yearning for traveling and evokes two mottos in my mind: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield” (Alfred Tennyson, 1809-1892) and “In spite of everything”. In the video, I use only three melodies from the movie and all the pictures which I could find on the Net. Unfortunately, not all of the pictures are large enough to look very well in my video. In the movie, Jim looks so nice when walking with the tray in hands as the ship’s boy on board of the Hispaniola at the hour when he brings the morning meal to the Captain’s table. Wearing the bandana, with his golden locks covered, he looks manlier yet so seductive anyway. How sexy he looks when his white shirt has got dirty and torn in the course of the venture and fighting, with the golden skin of his shoulders being visible in the tears/slits… I especially love the close-ups of Jim Hawkins with the adult personages of the book/movie: “three together Jim, Squire Trelawney and Dr Livesey”, “Jim and Long John Silver”, “Jim and Ben Gunn”. When this last man caught Jim suddenly in the shrubbery of the island, the boy floundered so nicely in the man’s arms that it looked like a most alluring scene in the movie, which in fact has more than one ambiguous and seductive mise-en-scène with the boy, quite subtle to be understandable to some initiated aesthetes only, at those times as well as nowadays. Long John Silver, “owner of The Spy-glass tavern and a former sea cook”, is played by one of the most renowned and oldest cinema-actors of Soviet Russia, and his fiendish personage is now nostalgically called “most charming John Silver ever”, and I love the man’s look and voice too, though I believe John Silver’s age should be a little bit younger. Other two oldest and most renowned Russian actors performed in the movie, and their roles in this movie proved to be their last cinema-performances.
Jim Hawkins is played by the boy of the name of Aare Laanemets (1954-2000) from Estonia, and his image was one of my first sex icons in my young heart, which icons were many, I have to say, and all of them were male, and he came to the Top--what wonder?--I could know neither of Björn Andrésen (b. 1955) nor of the movie Death in Venice nor of the book by Thomas Mann (1875-1955), at those times. Young Aare could become a new sex symbol of Russian cinematograph and pop-culture; after his impressive film debut, he could be a movie star or cast in roles for several interesting movies like the British actor John Moulder-Brown (b. 1953)--but sex symbols were not of use, to put it mildly, in the Soviet times. If an actor looked hot and sexy, he was used for performing roles of all sorts of class enemies, German SS officers and other fiendish characters, which was to indicate that any hotness, beautiful look and sex appeal were both wrong and of no importance in art and life, and which in some extraordinary way and quite subliminally worked in a different way forming/cultivating a strong addiction to fiendish men and class enemies in minds of some young girls and female viewers of Russia. Reading the boy’s surname “Laanemets”, so difficult to be pronounced and remembered, I thought he was a Lithuanian, because in the movie Treasure Island, two Lithuanian popular cinema-theatre-actors I could see beside him: “Squire Trelawney” and “Dr Livesey”; and after the show, however much I endeavoured, I could not find any additional info about the teenager actor, in the 1970s as well as later, when I saw the movie once again. Only at present, on the Net, I could do it, and now this is my tribute to the star boy, who is no more, and who left me much earlier than he died: first it was when I failed tracing him and forgot, and then when he had grown up becoming an adult man and talented actor working in theatres of Tallinn and Parnu and his adolescent beauty passed away forever, and this last fact was the only consolation for me at the moment when I learnt of his premature death.

Friday, March 18, 2011

debris fields for ever (bits of history)

around Dracula
As we know, Count Dracula is out and about again and as always, and today we shall talk about Van Helsing movie, which has a direct relation to the Vampire (unlike the lovely picture above). Gabriel Van Helsing is “also tasked with preventing the last of the Valerious family from falling into purgatory; the family swore to kill Dracula nine generations ago and is unable to enter Heaven until they succeed.” That’s all right, but the name “Valerious”. The Name indicates to descending from Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, but it’s not true, to put it mildly, because “no family line records survived.” Nowadays and in Middle Ages, there always were people who claim descent from a patrician line, from the most ancient and famous or any patrician families/gentes of ancient Rome (Julii, Anii and others), but there is not one shred of evidence. As we know, The Wallachian-Hungarian family of Korvin, which came to prominence with Janos Hunyadi and his son, Matthias Corvinus Hunyadi, King of Hungary and Bohemia, claimed to be descended from Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus (from the Valerii family)--later, some noble Polish families who later followed the Hunyadis--but there is scant if any historical evidence. The Hunyadis called themselves "Corvinus" and had their coins minted displaying a "raven with a ring". Their biographer, “the Italian Antonio Bonfini, who was well-versed with the classical Latin authors, provided the Hunyadis with the epithet Corvinus. This was supposedly due to a case in which Messalla, while on the battlefield, accepted a challenge to single combat issued to the Romans by a barbarian warrior of great size and strength. Suddenly, a raven flew from a trunk, perched upon Messalla's helmet, and began to attack his foe's eyes with its beak so fiercely that the barbarian was blinded, and the Roman beat him easily. In memory of this event, Messalla's agnomen Corvinus (from Corvus, Raven) was interpreted as derived from this event.”

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In the first part of 18th century, in one of Russian provinces, a fresh corpse of a prehistoric pangolin was found by peasants in the forests or fields--which is a fact. The dead animal was defined as an unknown and unbelievable animal, seen never before. A kind of a dinosaur, judging by the chronicle record. 7 metres long, from the tip of the tail to the nose, with wings like a bat’s, walking on two legs, with small front paws. The corpse was measured, described in details and recorded by the local officials, which is a fact. Then rare finding was placed in a barrel full of vodka instead of spirit; the barrel was placed on a cart, and accompanied by several men, the carriage took the road to the capital of the Russian Empire, the new-built city of Saint Petersburg. But the amazing and unique finding never reached the place of destination and remained generally unknown for ever, which is a fact too. It was said that on the way, the several men drank all the vodka from the barrel and ate up the dinosaur using it as a snack, which is a legend--but it sounds so verisimilar that it may be regarded as a fact, in my view. Nowadays, in the same Russian province, according to the news in autumn 2010, an unknown animal drinks blood of hens by night and the few witnesses describe the animal as a winged dinosaur, only much smaller than that found in the past, only 1 metre long. The catastrophic fires in summer 2010 could force the animal to leave the dense forests.

in the Aedicula Antinoi, one can find a lot of things about Antinous, from essays on Antinous and various deities, to essays about Antinous in relation to different theological issues, to lots of collected/translated texts on Antinous, Hadrian, etc. A great deal of that material is going to be published in the upcoming books The Doctor's Notes, Volume One: Devotio Antinoo and The Doctor's Notes, Volume Two: Studium Antinoi.