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Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
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Entering the ancient world through silent cinema

Entering the ancient world through silent cinema | Cultural History |
Cléopatra (1910)
This is a guest blog for Silent London by Maria Wyke, professor of Latin at University College London.
Few people realise how important and innovative a role early cinema played in shaping modern knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome.

Via Julie B
Deanna Dahlsad's insight:

How silent film shaped views on ancient cultures

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Dean Martin's Kiss Me, Stupid

Dean Martin's Kiss Me, Stupid | Cultural History |

This movie isn’t always as appreciated as it ought to be. People too often hear the name “Billy Wilder” and expect a ‘screwball comedy’ but completely miss the deeper, darker tones… Kiss Me, Stupid is one of those films. 

People may chuckle & hoot at the idea of Dean playing “Dino,” a caricature of the drinking, skirt-chasing Dean Martin persona, and the comedy of errors involving mistaken identities, but what they fail to see is black comedy teeth that takes a bite out of the music industry, marriage, and even sex...

Via Gracie Passette
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Red Shirley a film by Lou Reed

Red Shirley a film by Lou Reed | Cultural History |

Red Shirley, a 99-year-old woman formally known as Shulamit Rabinowitz, is the star of this short film co-directed by her cousin, none other than former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed.\

Rabinowitz lived through the devastation of the First World War, and fled Poland for Canada during the Second. At ninteen, she immigrated illegally to the U.S., where she spent 47 years toiling at a New York textile factory. She tracked down her long-lost sisters in Palestine, engaged in union struggles and took part in the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.

Enhanced by its dark soundtrack — courtesy of Mr. Reed, naturally — and judicious use of freeze frames, this intimate cousin-to-cousin encounter is a fascinating distillation of an individual’s unique experience over a vast expanse of 20th century history.

Via Mawyl, Judith van Praag
Mawyl's curator insight, October 28, 2013 3:59 AM

Just to show he was also a family man, not only a rock star

Judith van Praag's comment, October 28, 2013 3:17 PM
<3 it thanks Manuela. He knew how to take on the persona of Rock Star, Lou Reed the wonderful poet. Thanks for sharing this.
Judith van Praag's curator insight, October 28, 2013 3:20 PM

My dad lived through WWI and WWII as well, and Lou Reed's work has had a profound effect on my life. Good enough a reason to make this part of the Background Story!


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America's heroic ART COLLECTORS: Rag tag bag of experts who turned WW2 soldiers and inspired George Clooney's latest movie

America's heroic ART COLLECTORS: Rag tag bag of experts who turned WW2 soldiers and inspired George Clooney's latest movie | Cultural History |

As the Nazi's razed their way across Europe they looted the world's greatest works of art so that they could realize Adolf Hitler's twisted vision for his eponymous 'Fühermuseum' - which would be built in his hometown of Linz, Austria.

With much of the artwork hostage behind enemy lines, a tiny British-American taskforce made up of museum directors, art historians and curators was created and charged with saving over 1,000 years of culture from the maniacal grasp of Hitler and his cronies.

Dubbed the Monuments Men, the rag-tag group was co-opted into the armed forces and sent into Europe following D-Day in 1944 on the greatest treasure hunt of all time, to recover and return the pieces of art to their rightful owners and reverse the cultural attack of an entire continent.

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