The Czech science fiction comedy I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Zabil jsem Einsteina, panove) starts off with a fairly shocking scene, even by the standards of today: two bearded men locked in the throes of a passionate kiss. It’s a fake-out, we soon learn, a way to introduce both the central premise of the plot — the future has been ravaged by radioactive fallout that has caused women to grow beards — and the fact that this movie is going to have a grand time tweaking its nose at gender expectations, stereotypes, and comfort zones. The comedy is a mix of subtle and slapstick, something like Monty Python meets Charlie Chaplin meets the Marx Brothers, with a bit of Benny Hill-esque sex farce thrown in. Sadly, no one ever pats an old man on the head, though I’m sure Karel Effa (who should have teamed up with HK comedy actor Richard Ng) would have been up for it. Continue reading…
Tin House has published an edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness illustrated by Matt Kish, an interesting follow-up to Kish’s project, Moby-Dick In Pictures; One Drawing For Every Page. See more of Kish’s work here.
A gallery of photographs of people of African descent from the Victorian era. (Via Kit Marlowe)
My mom raised me with three things: Feminism; “You don’t have to like your sister, but you can’t hit her”; and a dislike of Disney. Writing them down now, I realize that all three are more applicable to Frozen, than I thought when I decided I should state my bias. I respect Disney’s progress in […]
There were not three Brontë Sisters, but four. Only Linda knew the future we all face.
On the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death, here are some adaptations of The Tell-Tale Heart: a performance by Vincent Price, an animated short, a reading for Massachusetts cable access and a short film.
There have been many, many adaptations of Jane Eyre–from the first talkie in which Jane sings Schubert to an all out musical in the 1990s/2000s. So, of course, there is a Bollywood adaptation of Jane Eyre called, Sangdil in which “Rochester (here Shankar) and Jane (Kamla) were childhood friends[.]“
‘It seems to me,’ said Booker T.– ‘I don’t agree,’ Said W.E.B. –Dudley Randall In February, I wrote a piece about how much I like Dwayne McDuffie’s writing. Sadly, a few days later, he died. I’m still stunned . I feel like I’ve just begun exploring his work, so I decided to look for his […]
Mesmerism, the mystery beyond the veil and bodily decay are all rendered in delightfully cartoony style in Bahij Jaroudi’s “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.” Cartoon Brew has an interview as well as the short.
James Earl Jones and Christopher Walken read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”
Kirkbride Buildings are the castles of the American Midwest. They’re also 19th century State Hospitals.
Brontë Sisters Power Dolls. They’re not action figures, they’re Power Dolls! “Book’em, Brontës!” (thanks, Denis!)
A Doppelganger. A Giant Carp. A Tengu. The Curated Object has more images from “Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.”
Lo tech makes hi tech better! Puppets illustrate this ebook version of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. (Also, check out the link to Two-Fisted Poe).