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"There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me." - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Brontë Sisters Power Dolls. This fake commercial was shot in 1998. It's educational value was deemed somewhat suspect. It was never aired.
Pandora's Box - LuLu's Mr. Brightside is a fan-made video featuring a compilation of HD clips from the DVD and set to Mr. Brightside by the band The Killers. Pandora's Box is now available on Netflix Canada as well as in the United States. Note: you can always turn off the volume if The Killers aren't your cup of alternative rock...
Maggie: What was your favorite movie in your entire life?Pauline: In my entire life? Well, there's a French movie that probably you've never heard of that I like best...Maggie: And what was the French movie?Pauline: "Menilmontant," a silent movie made in 1924 by Dmitri Kirsanov starring his beautiful Russian-born wife, Nadia Sibirskaya.
Louis Malle's "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud" (1958) with Jeanne Moreau is considered a French film noir masterpiece. It's also a gorgeous B/W film. Song by Miles Davis: Generique. Also known by the alternate films titles "Frantic" & "Elevator to the Gallows"scene: Moreau is a mistress looking for her married lover, whose disappeared..
Books are always better though.... Ooo, what's this?
The "Bibliochaise" is a book chair designed by Nobody&co. in Milan, Italy. Veneered in oak painted cream or black, with a wax finish and leather cushions with removable covers in a wide range of colors, it holds 5 meters of books and can be yours for just £4,270. Or you could draw inspiration from the idea and visit Home Depot where they sell wood... :-)
The Necktie (2008) by Jean-François Lévesque. Using a mix of puppet and hand-drawn animation, The Necktie tell the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck for years in a dead-end job, boredom has replaced all his aspirations and hopes for the future and he has forgotten about the things that used to bring him joy. Then, on his 40th birthday, he rediscovers an old accordion hidden in the depths of his closet....