Liebster!

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I’d like to thank the Academy … :)

The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to recognize other bloggers and welcome each other into the community. I was extremely chuffed that both MIB’s Instant Headache and Lea of Silentology nominated me! When you receive a Liebster, you must:

i. Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you;

ii. Tell your readers 11 random facts about yourself; and

iii. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers to receive the Liebster, and give them 11 questions to answer in turn.

In fact, both my nominations came some time ago – at the time I was super busy (and perhaps a little shy), so I apologize for the belatedness of this response! With the questions, I’ll split between MIB’s and Lea’s in order to keep it to eleven. Here goes:

1. Which decade of film do you appreciate the most? This is a deceptively difficult question—do I say teens or twenties: stylistic perfection, or intriguing development and experimentation? Currently, I’m very invested in the teens, so I guess that’s my answer.

2. What is one very obscure or off-the-wall film you would recommend? Obscure to the general public: Kind Hearts and Coronets (GB 1949)—a wickedly funny film, and surely one of the most brilliant scripts ever. Obscure to film people: Девушка с коробкой or The Girl with the Hatbox (USSR 1927)—Boris Barnet directs the wonderful Anna Sten in a Soviet drama-comedy. Obscure to silent film people: does the work of Yevgeni Bauer count? If not, I’ll say Одна из Многих | One of Many (USSR 1927), a charming look at film fandom; and on the more off-the-wall side, Balançoires (FR 1928), a strange but striking experimental film set in a carnival.

3. Which three places/countries must you visit before you die? New York City; Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna; Paisley Park.

4. If someone handed you a million dollars, what frivolous thing would you buy first? This question kills me, because I am very practical when it comes to money, so my immediate thought is “kill my student loan!” But a fantastic extravaganze—well, I really enjoy travelling, so I could sort out question 3 pretty fast! For a more film-related answer: maybe I would fund the restoration/release of a film that I really want to see but that’s not currently available. Oh, and I would buy Pina Menichelli’s owl headdress from Il fuoco—please, please, let this still exist.

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5. You have the choice between two superpowers: learning any language in seconds, or being able to fix any car problem instantly. You must choose! The former! This one is easy—I’m really interested in languages, and I have never owned a car, nor do I drive more than a handful of times a year.

6. Okay, Keaton or Chaplin? Love them both, but Keaton has a special place in my heart.

7. What song do you want played at your funeral? As possibly an even bigger music nerd than a silent film one, this is tough. So why not opt for the obvious and go for Sparks’ Number 1 Song in Heaven? Great band, great song.

8. When it comes to movie productions, is bigger always better? I do love spectacle, but of the costume/set/choreography kind rather than the explosions/car crash kind. I also love work that goes to extremes in some way, perhaps through experimental techniques, bold performance, or big ideas. So, that’s a soft yes.

9. If you could swap gender for a day, what would be the one thing you would most look forward to doing? Surely there is only one answer to this question. *shifty eyes*

10. If the opportunity arose for you to have memory erased of just one film so you can watch it again for the first time, what would that film be? The video to Bowie and Jagger’s cover of “Dancing in the Street” probably. Hahaha, I love it so much. Serious film answer: Sherlock, Jr., which just made my draw drop the first time I saw it. Another is Morgiana (CZ 1972), one of my favourite films.

11. What song, if any, has made you cry? So many of my memories have musical components that it would probably be a long list. There are several by Magnetic Fields that would be good candidates—I find their music so bittersweet.

And 11 facts about me:

1. I’ve been vegetarian for about 15 years.

2. I share my birthday with Theda Bara, Clara Bow, and William Powell.

3. I’m a massive p-funk fan. One of my longest and strongest musical loves!

4. Except for one brief period, I’ve never lived more than a few kilometres from the sea.

5. I have very short hair which is currently dark red.

6. I have four flatmates.

7. I love very spicy food, to the extent that people sometimes ask me if I am a smoker – nope, just trying to kill off my tastebuds the natural way!

8. My text alert tone is the bell pattern from Run-D.M.C.’s “Peter Piper”. (Which is itself a sample from Bob James’ “Take me to the Mardi Gras”, which it turns out was originally written by Paul Simon, of all people).

9. I have a crescent-shaped scar by my right eye from where I was hit by a kayak as a kid.

10. I sincerely believe that naturally rectangular foods such as sandwiches taste better if you cut them into triangles.

11. My first job was in a movie theatre.

My nominations go to: his high holiest, PopeGrutch of the Century Film Project; Girls Do Film; Paul of ithankyouarthur; Joe Thompson of bigvriotsquat; Nitrateglow. And the questions:

1. Who would play you in the movie of your life?

2. What is the last book you read that really impressed you?

3. You’re making a screwball comedy, and you can cast anyone from cinema history, with the caveat that the two leads must not have appeared opposite each other before. Who are your leads?

4. Five years from now, do you see yourself living in the same place as you do currently?

5. Is there any film that you regret watching, and why?

6. Which hypothetical Tim Burton-directed biopic film would you rather watch: a film called Helena Bonham-Carter, in which Helena Bonham-Carter is played by Johnny Depp, or a film called Johnny Depp, in which Johnny Depp is played by Helena Bonham-Carter?

7. Pick a Kate Bush single: “Wuthering Heights”, “Running Up That Hill”, “Sat in Your Lap”.

8. Let’s say that you were given a six-month paid sabbatical from your day job. What would you do with that time?

9. Desert island scenario. If you could only listen one musician/band/singer for the rest of your life, who would it be?

10. Do you collect any kind of item?

11. Name a film that you love that you wish was better known.

Thanks, and have fun!

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12 Responses to Liebster!

  1. MIB says:

    Cool answers – especially the shout out for Sparks! :-)

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  2. Lea S. says:

    Huzzah! Reading this was a fun way to start my day! I have a couple Liebsters myself that have been languishing for an embarrassingly long time–so I completely understand that it takes awhile to get to ’em sometimes.

    Okay. In one of your responses, you said “Paisley Park.” Now, this is Prince’s studio you’re talking about, yes? (But really does anything else named Paisley Park exist, not even sure!) Because I’m about to BLOW YOUR MIND. :-D

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    • Thanks Lea! And yes, I did mean Prince’s studio. I am a massive Prince fan so one day I have to make a pilgrimage. :) I have had a bit of a romance for Minneapolis for a long time based on music – I was super into Hüsker Dü when I was younger … liked the Replacements too. I had remembered you were from Minnesota, and wondered if you’d pick that up. Please tell me your Paisley Park stories!

      By the way, I found this old image on my computer the other day and I thought you’d enjoy it:

      Oh Emil … never change.

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      • Lea S. says:

        Emil be priceless. :-D

        I was all excited to see you mention Paisley Park, because I just happen to live about 20 minutes away from it!! Seriously, I’ve probably driven past it a thousand times in my life. A THOUSAND. There’s no sign in front of it, at least not an obvious one, so when I was little I was always baffled by what that modern-looking building was supposed to be until I finally asked my mom. There used to be a little neon peace sign on a pole on top, so at night it looked like it was floating over it. Haven’t been inside, but I hear that Prince gives occasional concerts there–although he usually arrives at 3 in the morning! It’s rumored that he owns his old childhood home somewhere in Chanhassen, just for nostalgia’s sake.

        No joke, in this area of MN you drive down highway 5 and think, “Ah, there’s Jimmy John’s, there’s Prince’s recording studio, there’s Taco Bell, there’s Target…” :-D We Minnesotans are pretty darn proud of Prince though, I can tell ya! If you ever come to the Twin Cities, don’t hesitate to let me know!!

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  3. popegrutch says:

    I’m posting my answers here, because I don’t usually do this kind of thing on my blog:
    1. Who would play you in the movie of your life? Well, we know Deniro could handle all the weight changes. I sort of see someone more like Woody Allen or Harold Ramis, though.
    2. What is the last book you read that really impressed you? The last book I gave four stars to on Goodreads was “William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back.” I think I was more impressed by Eileen Bowser, “The Transformation of Cinema: 1907-1915.” My last FIVE-star book was Roger Griffin, “The Nature of Fascism.”
    3. You’re making a screwball comedy, and you can cast anyone from cinema history, with the caveat that the two leads must not have appeared opposite each other before. Who are your leads? Cary Grant and Mary Pickford. I think Mary would’ve been great in screwball comedy.
    4. Five years from now, do you see yourself living in the same place as you do currently? Hard to say. I doubt if I’ll be in the same apartment, but I may still live in the same general area, unless I get a job that lets me move closer to Portland.
    5. Is there any film that you regret watching, and why? I don’t think I have ever “regretted” watching a film. I have occasionally seen one that was so bad I found it hard to watch, but regret? That would be a very strong reaction. I do tend to get sea-sick when I watch movies in “shaky-cam” like the “Blair Witch Project” or “Cloverfield.” I suppose I regret watching them for an hour or two afterward.
    6. Which hypothetical Tim Burton-directed biopic film would you rather watch: a film called Helena Bonham-Carter, in which Helena Bonham-Carter is played by Johnny Depp, or a film called Johnny Depp, in which Johnny Depp is played by Helena Bonham-Carter? Neither sounds terribly interesting.
    7. Pick a Kate Bush single: “Wuthering Heights”, “Running Up That Hill”, “Sat in Your Lap”. I had an ex-girlfriend who played “Running Up That Hill” quite frequently. So far as I know, I’ve never heard any of the others.
    8. Let’s say that you were given a six-month paid sabbatical from your day job. What would you do with that time? Probably a lot of blogging! I’d probably pick a project to work on and take a few trips as well.
    9. Desert island scenario. If you could only listen one musician/band/singer for the rest of your life, who would it be? Gack! Honestly, it sounds like Hell no matter what I say. I’d spend most of the time humming tunes to myself, desperately trying to re-create the diversity of my musical world. I guess I’d stop listening to music altogether and make instruments out of coconuts so I could play all the music in my head.
    10. Do you collect any kind of item? Not in any sort of complete way. I collect working VCRs, because someday you won’t be able to buy new ones, and I know mine will break eventually.
    11. Name a film that you love that you wish was better known. Tsui Hark’s “Knock Off” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. In the range of silent film, I’d like to see Evgeni Bauer more widely acknowledged.

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    • No worries, I get it – I guess I have a few photos floating round, but in general I don’t really talk about myself on my blog either. Thanks for the answers though! That Bowser book, I have dipped into it but not read it in full … thanks for the reminder that it is excellent. 6 was a trick question – both would be hard to watch. And yes, totally agree about Bauer – he is just wonderful.

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  4. nitrateglow says:

    I am honored for the nomination– I’ll get onto it soon!

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